South Africa vs England ODI series 2020 – 1st ODI
England Tour of South Africa History
This is going to be tenth bilateral series between the teams. Both the teams won 4 series and one series resulted into draw, which was in 2012. There were four series between the teams, which were played in South Africa, and home side had upper hand, as the team won 3 series and visitors got just one chance to lift the trophy in 2009-10. Both the teams faced each other 62 times, in which South Africa won 29 matches, whereas, England won 27 matches, and one resulted in tie, 5 other matches were collard off without any result.
Victory brings points:
Currently, the visiting team stay on the first position in the point table, and the team is that much ahead from the second positioned team, as the defeat of the first match will decrease the points only, but no impact on the position. On the other hand, forth positioned, South African team will lose the position to fifth, if the team will loose the first match, in fact, the points will remain same.
The series could be very interesting, for the home side, as the team could jump on third position, if, the team won the series, at least with two wins, and stay at the same position, if the team will win at least one match, and lose the position, in case of three-nil lose. On the other hand, the visitors will not get any effect and stay on the same position, even in case of 3-0 defeat, only through the series.
Weather forecast of the cape town shows the weather would be windy and partly cloudy throughout the match, but no rain would be expected, due to very low precipitation percentage. The temperature would be pretty normal.
Toss and Pitch:
Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 29 times out of 42, and the selection favored the teams and the teams won 22 times after selecting the first batting. On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, after winning the toss, also won the matches 7 times out of 13 times. Overall, 29 times the teams, won the toss, won the matches. Particularly, for South Africa, the team won the toss 23 times out of 36 times, and the team won 21 times out of 23. The first batting team won the matches 28 times, whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches 14 times.
The lowest defended total was 140, though, it happened in 1993, and the highest successful chase was 258 runs on the venue. The first inning lowest total was 43, and, again, it was in 1993, and the highest total was 367 runs, for the second inning, the lowest total was 54, whereas highest was 327 run.
History Between the Teams:
Both the teams faced each other on the venue 5 times, and the visitors faced the defeat in all 5 meetings. Moreover, the visitors played two other matches against different opponents, and one of the match, the team won and defeated in another one.
ODI History at Venue:
The home side has excellent record at the venue, and won 30 matches out of 36 encounters.
Tentative XI for both the Teams:
The pitch usually favors batsmen as well as fast bowlers, so, home side would prefer to have four fast bowler with one spinner combination, though, the newly built team, passing from its transformation period, could try different combination to surprise opponent.
South Africa Eleven: JJ Smuts, Q de Kock, R. Hendricks, R van der Dussen, T. Bavuma, D. Miller, A. Phehlukwayo, B. Hendricks, L. Sipamla, B, Fortuin, L. Ngidi
The visitors also might prefer to go with same combination, four pacers with one spinner.
England Eleven: J. Roy, J. Bairstow, J. Denly, J. Root, E. Morgan, M. Ali, S. Curran, C. Woakes, T. Curran, C. Jordan, A. Rashid