SA vs ENG Match Prediction- Who Will Win Today South Africa vs England Match? 1st ODI, 2023

England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

South Africa and England play a three-match ODI series between January 27-February 1. The series continues their preparations for the ODI World Cup later this year. 

The 1st ODI will take place on January 27 (Friday) at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. The 2nd ODI will be played on January 29 (Sunday) at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. The 3rd ODI will be played on February 1 at Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

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England. Image credits: Twitter

Both sides have announced their squads for the series. South Africa will be led by Temba Bavuma while Jos Buttler will lead England. England recently tipped New Zealand to the number one position in the ICC ODI rankings. South Africa, on the other hand, are placed sixth. 

South Africa
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Both teams have named full-strength squads for the upcoming ODI series. For South Africa, some key players in the squad are Aiden Markram, David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje. For England, some crucial players in the squad are Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, and Dawid Malan. 

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Alex Hales
Alex Hales (Image Credit: Twitter)

One of the key omissions from the England squad is Alex Hales. Despite his rich vein of form in T20I cricket, the batter has not been included in the three-match ODI series. He played his last ODI in March 2019. Hales has played 70 ODIs for England and has scored 2,419 runs in 67 innings at an average of 37.79, with six tons and 14 half-centuries.

South Africa last toured England in 2022 for three ODIs, three T20Is and three Tests between August and September. The ODI series ended on a 1-1 draw after the third ODI was washed out due to rain. South Africa then won the three-match T20I series 2-1 and England came back to win the Test series 2-1 in what was a memorable series. 

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Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
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STATS – ODI

Total matches 31

Matches won batting first 13

Matches won bowling first 16

Average 1st Inns scores 239

Average 2nd Inns scores 196

Highest total recorded 399/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs RSA

Lowest total recorded 78/10 (24 Ov) by ZIM vs RSA

Highest score chased 274/4 (48.3 Ov) by RSA vs AUS

Lowest score defended 203/6 (50 Ov) by AUS vs RSA

Who Will Score Most Runs For South Africa: David Miller / Quinton de Kock

Who Will Take Most Wickets For South Africa: Anrich Nortje / Keshav Maharaj

Who Will Score Most Runs For England: Phil Salt / Jos Buttler 

Who Will Pick Most Wickets For England: Jofra Archer / Adil Rashid.

SA vs ENG Match Prediction- Who Will Win Today South Africa vs England Match? 1st ODI, 2023

South Africa draw the ODI series 1-1 in England in 2022. At home in 2023, they are the favourites to win the series. South Africa to win the ODI series and take a 1-0 lead.

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