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Waiting and count down for cricket fans around the world is about to end, and the exciting World Cup matches in the 12th edition World Cup will be hosted in the ground of Oval between England and the World No. one South Africa.
The first match of the mega event is scheduled between hosts England and South Africa at the Oval. Both South Africa and England are one of top teams in cricket world, they faced each other in ODI few years back, in 2016 RSA won 2 matches in 2017 in England won at home ground.
The opening match of the World Cup will be played at 10.30 am according to local time. Both the teams have been prepared very well and the main players are also are prepared to perform their best performance in the opening match, but South Africa will not be able to take advantage of experienced fast bowler Dale Stein as he gets injured and ruled out.
The England batsmen performed very well in series against Pakistan, especially Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, they both made a huge contribution to the team to win the series by 4-0.
The host’s captain Ian Morgan said that at home ground we can perform well in this world cup. He said that our team is very good and our players are not a victim of any other issue or injury, we are concerned and we come out with full capabilities against South Africa in the match and we try to win every match. on the other hand, South African captain Faf Duplessis said his team is balanced and urged players to demonstrate a better game without pressure.
Oval ground stats
The Oval in London is a historic venue for cricket and it was built way back in the year 1845. The stadium will host five matches of ICC cricket world cup 2019. It is the ground where Pakistani spiner Saqlain Mushtaq takes a hat-trick in the 1999 Cricket World Cup match against Zimbabwe. The venue has hosted ten cricket World Cup matches across for events.
The Oval can house 25 thousands spectators.
OVAL PITCH AND CONDITIONS
oval one of the pitches in England where Asian teams enjoy playing cricket as it supports mostly spinners. In overcast conditions, the ball moves around a fair bit also.
The Oval has hosted the different formats cricket matches:
- Tests Matches – 101
- ODIs Matches – 67
- T20Is Matches – 16
England squad for ICC world cup 2019
South Africa squad for ICC world cup 2019