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ENG vs SA, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England vs South Africa, (ENG vs SA, 1st ODI)

Date: July 19, 2022 – 5:30 PM IST

Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Where and what time to watch the match live in South Africa

For those in India, you can watch all the live action between England and South Africa on Sony Sports Network. Catch the first ODI on Sony Six and Six HD from 5:30 PM IST on Tuesday. You can also watch the contest live on the Sony LIV application.

England vs South Africa, 1st ODI:

South Africa have arrived on the tour of the UK, where they will play three ODIs, three T20Is and three Tests against England, and two T20Is against Ireland in between. The tour kicks off with the first ODI between England and South Africa at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Tuesday, July 19.

England, who are sitting at the top of the CWC Super League table with 125 points from 18 matches, are coming off a 2-1 series loss against India. They lost the series decider by five wickets at Manchester on Sunday. Before that, they had hammered the Netherlands by 3-0 away from home. Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODIs after the first ODI, so all eyes will be on the England Test skipper as he bids adieu in front of his home crowd.

South Africa are in a critical situation in the CWC Super League, having forfeited the series against Australia. They currently sit in 11th place with 49 points from 13 matches. This series, however, does not count towards the Super League.

South Africa pulled off an impressive 3-0 series win over India at home earlier this year in January. Later in March, they lost to Bangladesh by 2-1 at home. The last time these two teams squared off, the series had ended in a 1-1 draw.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ENG vs SA, 1st ODI

The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street has usually been a good batting venue. A total of 20 ODIs have been played here, with the average first innings score of 245. The number in the last five games goes up to 268 with three totals of above 300.

The UK has been hit by a record heat wave with temperatures likely to rise to mid and high 30s. The match in Chester-le-Street should happen uninterrupted with the temperature hovering around 30°C.

England – Expected XI and Team News

England have a settled batting unit with a usual top seven. The bowling unit against India had Reece Topley, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse and David Willey. The returning leg-spinner Adil Rashid should replace Craig Overton. England have also added Matthew Potts to the side. 

Probable XI – Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News

Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen both should play with Bavuma unavailable. Quinton de Kock was nursing a finger injury and missed the warm-ups but should be fit for this fixture. Kagiso Rabada has been rested for the ODI leg. Dwaine Pretorius, Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo will be vying for the no. 7 spot.

Probable XI – Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius/Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj (c), Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Head to head record of ENG vs SA

Total Encounters – 63

England Won – 28

South Africa Won – 30

Tie – 1

No Result – 4

England lead the last five completed encounters by 3-2.

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the ENG vs SA match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Jonny Bairstow: Batter, England

Jonny Bairstow, one of the best white-ball players in the world, had a bad series against India but remains a top pick. The opening batter has scored 3543 runs from 92 ODIs at an average of 47 while striking at 104. Bairstow has 11 hundreds and 14 fifties to his credit in the format. He is a good C/VC option coming at 9 credits.

Rassie van der Dussen: Batter, South Africa

Rassie van der Dussen has an outstanding record in his short ODI career so far. He has scored 1365 runs in just 35 matches at an excellent average of 72. The right hander has smashed two hundreds and 11 fifties in the format. Rassie showed some form, scoring 61 in the practice game. He’s a solid C/VC pick, coming at 9 credits.

Jos Buttler: Wicketkeeper Batter, England

Jos Buttler is coming off a 60-run knock in the third ODI against India. One of the best players in the world, Buttler has 4214 runs from 154 ODI matches at an average of 41 and strike rate of 120. He has smashed 10 hundreds and 22 fifties in the format. Buttler remains a top pick, priced at 9 5 credits.

Janneman Malan: Bowler, South Africa

Janneman Malan has had a terrific start to his fifty-over career. The opening batter has scored 828 runs from 17 ODIs at an average of 59. He has registered three hundreds and three fifties in the format. Malan was excellent in the first warm-up game against England Lions, scoring 103 off 116. He is a good pick and will cost you 9 credits.

Reece Topley: Bowler, England

Reece Topley has been mighty impressive in his short limited overs career so far. The left arm pacer was superb against India, picking 6 for 24 and 3 for 35 in the last two ODIs. Topley has 31 wickets from 18 matches at a strike rate of 27.7. He’s in superb form and can be a solid pick, priced at 8.5 credits.

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Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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