The 12th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is going to begin on Thursday, May 30 with the inaugural match to be played between hosts England and South Africa at the Oval in London. England is hosting the World Cup for the record fifth time as they were the founding hosts, organizing the first three tournaments in a row – in 1975, 1979 and 1983, and later they hosted it in 1999.
England were the runners-up for three times – in 1979, 1987 and 1992. Now this time, England are considered favourites for lifting the coveted World Cup trophy on the basis of their consistent form, recent performances and also having an advantage of home conditions – ground, crowd, weather, etc.
On the other side, South Africa are playing World Cup for the eighth time since 1992 and they also hosted it in 2003 but they never qualified for the final of the mega event despite reaching the semi-finals for four times – in 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.
The match will start at 2-30 pm (Pakistan standard time).
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