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South Africa vs England 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

South Africa RSA
England ENG
298/7 (50)
250/7 (38.5)
England need 49 runs in 67 balls

RSA vs ENG Betting Tips

  • Quinton de Kock has scored 17 ODI centuries and the opener is well worth backing as South Africa’s highest run scorer in this match. Anrich Nortje has 28 wickets from 17 ODIs and the quick bowler is our tip for South Africa’s top wicket taker in this opening game of the series.
  • David Malan averages 50.55 in this format and the left-handed top order batter is our pick for England’s highest run scorer in this ODI. With the ball, Jofra Archer has been in strong form for MI Cape Town in the run-up to this series and the fast bowler is a strong choice for England’s top wicket taker on Friday.
  • We recommend backing Dawid Malan to score over 29.5 runs in this ODI.

RSA vs ENG Win Probability

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Our Prediction

England are favorites to win

SA vs ENG 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

South Africa take on England in the opening game of a three-match ODI series in Bloemfontein on Friday afternoon. This match is part of the World Cup Super League which acts as the qualification route to the World Cup in India later this year. England have already qualified but South Africa have not. Read on as we preview this match. This day-night game gets underway at the Manguang Oval at 13:00 local time.

South Africa forfeited their recent ODI series in Australia in order to make room for their new T20 tournament. They are out of practice in this format and are up against a very strong England side.

England lost their last three ODIs but they will be ready for this game in Bloemfontein. In an ODI World Cup year, expect England to prioritise this format as they look to defend their title.

South Africa vs England 1st ODI Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This match will be shown live on Sony Sports, Sky Cricket and Super Sport

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on Sky Go and Sony Liv.

SA vs ENG Match Toss Prediction

Although the last ODI at this venue was won by the team batting first, the previous six were won by the team batting second. We predict that both sides will want to field first.

SA vs ENG, Mangaung Oval Pitch Report

There will be good pace in this wicket and a par score will be over 370. Spinners and quick bowlers have all had success on this pitch in ODIs previously.

Bloemfontein Weather Report

It will be a very warm afternoon in Bloemfontein with the temperature tailing off from a high of 30 degrees to the low 20s by the conclusion of the game.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for South Africa vs England 1st ODI Match 2023

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South Africa Team News & Playing 11

SA Team News

After failing to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup last year, South Africa’s attention now switches to the longer format of the white ball game ahead of the World Cup in India later this year. The hosts have a fully fit squad to select from.

SA Key Players

  • Quinton de Kock- the left-handed keeper-batter is a destructive player across all white ball formats. He averaged 45.57 with over 5800 ODI runs.
  • Rassie van der Dussen- the middle order batter has flourished in this format since making his debut in January 2019. He has hit three ODI centuries including one against England last summer.
  • Anrich Nortje- the right-arm fast bowler has been in strong form in the SA20 series. He is South Africa’s most reliable bowler across all formats.

SA Team Form

South Africa lost their last two ODIs to India and have won only one of their last five in this format.

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South Africa Predicted Playing 11

Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

RSA vs ENG Prediction
South Africa vs England Match Prediction

England Team News & Playing 11

ENG Team News

With a squad of only 14 players, we expect them all to get at least one appearance across this series. However, it is less than 10 months before England attempt to defend their World Cup and they will want to pick their best team throughout this series. Jofra Archer will make his first England appearance since March 2021.

ENG Key Players

  • Dawid Malan- the 35 year old looks unlikely to play Test cricket for England again but is a very important part of both white ball sides. He made two ODI centuries in 2022.
  • Jos Buttler- the skipper and keeper-batter has the respect of all of his team-mates after over a decade of representing his country. He was the leading run scorer in the SA20 ahead of this series.
  • Jofra Archer- the right arm fast bowler has an excellent record for England in this format. He enjoys the pace and bounce in these wickets in South Africa.

ENG Team Form

England were beaten easily in each of their last three ODIs, all against Australia in November.

England Predicted Playing 11

Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c) (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

RSA vs ENG Team Form in Last Five Matches



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South Africa vs England Head to Head

England trail the head to head 29-31 in this format but won the last completed match between the sides by 118 runs. The last series between the two ended 1-1 in England last summer.

SA vs ENG Head to Head Stats in ODI

  Matches Played SA Won ENG Won Tie No Result
Overall 66 31 29 1 5
Last 5 5 1 2 0 2

South Africa vs England Betting Odds

Although the last series between the sides ended 1-1, the bookies have England as strong favourites to go 1-0 up in this series.

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Who will win South Africa vs England 1st ODI Match?

Both teams have excellent players with both bat and ball but England have the self-belief built up from seven years of playing ODI cricket in this attacking manner and as the current World Champions.

SA vs ENG Top Team Batsmen

For South Africa, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are our batting tips. Markram has scored five ODI half-centuries and has hit 200 runs in the SA20. de Kock has a top score of 178 and has the experience of 135 ODIs behind him.

For England, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler and Harry Brook are our batting choices for England. Brook has come into international cricket and shone in Test and IT20s, now is his chance to do it in ODIs. Buttler has hit 10 ODI centuries and 22 other scores over 50.

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SA vs ENG Top Team Bowlers

We recommend Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi with the ball for South Africa. Rabada has 135 wickets and has taken two 5-wicket hauls in this format. Ngidi took 6-58 against Australia in his last ODI at this venue in Bloemfontein.

We are backing Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Reece Topley as our bowling tips for England. Rashid enjoys bowling in this format where his accuracy often frustrates batters into taking risks. Topley missed the T20 World Cup with injury and will be determined to secure his place in this team ahead of the ODI World Cup.

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🏆 South Africa vs England Prediction

With the pace bowling attacks on both sides, this should be a very entertaining game for fans at the ground and viewers watching on TV. There is also plenty of attacking batting talent on show and we could well be in for a high scoring contest. Our prediction is for England’s middle order to outscore South Africa and for England to go 1-0 up in the series.

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Posted On 27th January 2023 09:47:00 AM
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