After losing the three-match ODI series to India 1-2, England’s focus will now immediately shift to the first ODI against South Africa which they play on Tuesday. Notably, The Temba Bavuma-led South Africa are in England for a three-match ODI series followed by the same number of T20Is. Having lost the series recently to India, England will be under the pump to come out good against India.
Meanwhile, South Africa, who have recently pulled out of their ODI series against Australia which was to be played next year, would want to register dominating wins although their hopes for World Cup qualification are over. But the Proteas will have to fight a tough battle against England who will be mighty strong in their backyard. South Africa will have to win small battles to win the match as a whole.
Here is a statistical prediction of what can happen in the 1st ODI between England and South Africa.
1. Toss Prediction
Jos Buttler had a tough time in the three ODIs against India as the England captain lost the toss in all three matches. Meanwhile, Temba Bavuma has had a decent record while walking out for the toss. So, South Africa captain Bavuma will be the favourite to win the toss in the 1st ODI.
2. Win Possibility
England might have lost the ODI series against India recently but they had put up a good fight with the ball in all games. Reece Topley was the man for England who scalped nine wickets in three matches. And with almost the same squad playing against South Africa, England will be favourites to win the first match of the 3-match ODI series.
3. Team of the Day
With the likes of Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Reece Topley in the hut, England are clearly the team of the day.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score for England in their last three ODIs has been 44. Meanwhile, South Africa’s average powerplay score in their last three ODIs has been 57.
5. Average Score
The average first innings score here at Chester-le-Street has been 245 in ODIs. So, something in the range of 250 is expected in the first ODI between England and South Africa.
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