The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is all set to witness the clash of the giants as England takes on South Africa on Saturday, October 20 in the second match of the double-header in Match 20 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Both teams suffered disappointing losses in their previous matches of the tournament.
England lost to Afghanistan by 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. They failed to chase down 285 runs as Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan spun their magic. The Jos Buttler-led team is currently fifth on the table with two points from three matches. Meanwhile, South Africa is third with four points from three games. They lost to the Netherlands by 38 runs, failing to chase down 246 runs in Dharamshala. Both England and South Africa will be keen to get back to winning ways.
In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the England vs South Africa match of the ICC ODI World Cup.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for ENG vs SA
Jos Buttler vs Kagiso Rabada
Jos Buttler has found it difficult to get going against Kagiso Rabada in One-Day International matches. He has faced the pacer on eight occasions in the format, managing to score just 23 runs in 32 deliveries at a strike rate of 71.9. He has been dismissed thrice by the South African pacer. It will be interesting to see who emerges as the winner in this battle.
Quinton de Kock vs Adil Rashid
Quinton de Kock showcased his batting brilliance against Australia last week in Lucknow. He slammed a century, scoring 109 runs off 106 deliveries. He will be keen to replicate the same against England in the upcoming match. However, he will be up against Adil Rashid. He has scored 122 runs in 112 deliveries against the spinner in the ODIs. However, Adil has also dismissed him twice in six matches.
Dawid Malan vs Marco Jansen
Dawid Malan is England’s leading run-scorer in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 season. He has scored 186 runs at an average of 62.00, including a century. He will be facing Marco Jansen in the upcoming match. The South African pacer has also been in great form in the tournament. He has six wickets in three matches, at an average of 28.83 and an economy rate of 6.92. The two in-form players will be raring to go against each other.