Reigning champions England will take on South Africa in Match 20 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 21 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams have faced contrasting starts to their campaigns so far. England have lost two of its three matches, while South Africa won the two of their three games. Interestingly, both England and South Africa come into this contest after being defeated by underdogs Afghanistan and Netherlands respectively.
England lost to Afghanistan comprehensively. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Afghanistan went on to post a total of 284 as Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 80 off just 57 balls. In reply, England were bowled out for 215. Harry Brook scored 66 but did not get enough support from the rest of the batsmen.
South Africa, meanwhile, lost to the Netherlands in their previous game. Chasing 246 to win, they were bowled out for 207 as none of the batsmen could stay on the crease for a long time. Losing to the Netherlands, who had won only two games in World Cup history prior to this one, would be demoralising for South Africa, and they would now look to regain their momentum by winning against England.
Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know.
England vs South Africa Injury Update
Ben Stokes has recovered from a hip injury and is available to play this game for England. South Africa do not have any injury concerns.
England vs South Africa Predicted XI
England playing XI
1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 6 Harry Brook, 7 Chris Woakes/Gus Atkinson, 8 David Willey, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Reece Topley
South Africa playing XI
1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi/Gerald Coetzee
England vs South Africa Match Details
Match: England vs South Africa
Date & Time: October 21, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
England vs South Africa Fantasy Team
Wicketkeepers – Quinton de Kock, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow
Batters – Dawid Malan, David Miller, Harry Brook
All-rounders – Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Adil Rashid, Gerald Coetzee
Captain – Jos Buttler
Vice-captain – Aiden Markram
England vs South Africa: Mumbai Weather and Pitch Report
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium batting friendly and the smaller boundary further helps the batsmen. The average first innings score here reads 287.
The weather in Mumbai will be warm and humid with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. There is no rain threat.
England vs South Africa, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between England and South Africa will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
England vs South Africa Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up the streaming rights of the England vs South Africa match. The toss will take place at 1.30 PM IST.
England vs South Africa ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by England||30|
|Matches won by South Africa||33|
England vs South Africa Match Prediction
England will be buoyed by the return of Ben Stokes and will be expecting a match-winning performance by him. Compared to South Africa, they appear a stronger team.