England vs. South Africa: World Cup Match 1 Preview
England vs. South Africa: World Cup Match 1 Preview

The tournament favourites and hosts, England, take on South Africa in the opener of ICC World Cup 2019. Possessing a power-packed batting unit, England are expected to be the side to watch out for this World Cup but their modus operandi is sure to be challenged by South Africa's potent bowling attack led by Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir, two prolific limited-overs performers in recent times. 

Weather and Pitch conditions: The Kennington Oval has short boundaries but the pitch is lush green which could test England's batsmen.

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Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock (10.5 credits)

The South African wicket-keeper is among the highest run-scorers in ODIs since the last World Cup. A fantastic opener with a penchant for scoring at a frequent rate, de Kock will be a player to watch out for in this tournament. He can give you plenty of points if chosen in your fantasy team.

Batsman: Joe Root (9.5 cr)

Root is England's highest run-scorer in ODIs amidst the chaos their big hitting batsmen have created. In fantasy terms, consistency is reliability and Root packs a punch in this department. He can be the anchor around whom England's batsmen go berserk.  

All-Rounder: Moeen Ali (8 cr)

Ali is a handy lower order batsman and is expected to complete his quota of overs too. A go-to player for England, Ali is a great option to have in your daily fantasy contest. While Ben Stokes is the unanimous choice, Ali can be a decent differential

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Rohit Sankar
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