So here we are. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England kicks off tomorrow on 30th May with match between hosts England & South Africa. While England has been termed as the favorites to lift the world cup for the first time in the world cup history, South Africa comes to the world cup with the lowest expectations and pressure ever with retirements of some big players or losing them due to Kolpak deals.
England batsmen are in good touch leading up to the global event and home support should also help boost their confidence ahead of crucial matches. With induction of Archer in the national team along with Woakes and Wood getting good match practice and fitness in right time, the pace bowling department looks well covered too. Now the impact their spinners Moeen Ali & Adil Rashid can have on the opposite batsmen will be important to ensure positive results. Overall England looks like a team that has all the ingredients to go all the way this world cup.
South Africa, as their captain said is feeling less pressure going into this game, more due to the fact that their opponents are tagged as favorites so while its good that South African team is not taking any pressure but the real pressure comes in the match situation. They have the bowling to derail England campaign at start but if their batsmen can also somehow match England’s, we will have a great game of cricket to start the world cup.
The focus from England would be on the opening batsmen and mainly on Jason Roy who has been in great form over the last few matches. England would hope that he gets a good start for England and himself in the opening match of world cup and can help them win World Cup 2019 with some great innings of his own at top of the order.
South Africa meanwhile looks mainly to their bowling and towards Kasigo Rabada who had a great IPL and if pitches in England are flat and gives high scoring encounters like it has been giving in last few years, he can be the weapon to keep those scores down with searing pace and deadly yorkers. And may be this is his tournament as well along with South Africa’s if they can manage to win pressure situations.
Whoever wins the opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, we are hopeful it would be a cracking match and a great start to the 12th edition of cricket world cup.