RSA vs ENG 1st ODI Match Preview: After the drama of the last 24 hours and the postponement of the opening ODI, confirmation that South Africa's squad found COVID-19 negative earlier in the day. A positive test would have likely forced the tour's cancellation for the Proteas. As it is, the news was good rather than a bad one. It means that the series can resume from tomorrow onwards. South Africa will have to face England in the 1st ODI at Boland Park, Paarl. Take a look at the RSA vs ENG 1st ODI match preview, pitch report, playing 11 updates, and live-streaming details as mentioned below.
The revised schedule will now see the teams play the first two matches back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday at Newlands before the third ODI takes place on Wednesday. Meanwhile, England won the T20I series with ease by whitewashing the Proteas by 3-0 and moved to the top of the ICC Men's T20I rankings.
ICC top-ranked side England cricket team, who shows dominance in the limited-overs format for quite some time now, and they should emerge winners despite missing some key players. So, Morgan and Co will definitely aim to continue the winning momentum against the South African team.
As we all know that South Africa has possessed some exciting talents in their ranks, so de Kock and his boys will be keen to take avenge in the limited-overs format. However, the side has already down under as their veteran pacer Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the series due to a groin injury during the T20I series.
Cape Town's pitch has in the favour of batsmen a lot in this T20I series. While there has been a little something in it for the seamers and spinners, the batsmen are likely to boost up high especially at the back end. 250+ would be a below-par score at this venue.
It will be cloudy in Cape Town on the day of the match. The temperature will be hovering around 24 degrees Celsius, and no rain is expected during the game.
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South Africa: Quinton De Kock (C/WK), Temba Bavuma, JJ Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf Du Plessis, George Linde, Andile Pheklukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley