The first of three One Day International matches in the South Africa tour of England 2022 is scheduled for July 19 at 5.30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). It will be a Day-Night match and will be held at Chester-le-Street.

Both teams head into the clash after facing India in white-ball cricket. While England suffered a 1-2 loss in ODI cricket in their most recent encounter, South Africa drew 2-2 with India in T20Is after rain played spoilsport and washed away a potential decider. 

England vs South Africa odds for 1st ODI

England: 1.54

South Africa: 2.50

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England vs South Africa recent form 

England’s most recent One Day International was on July 17 against India at Old Trafford. Unfortunately for the hosts, they suffered a five-wicket loss. Asked to bat first, England put up a score of 259 before India cleaned up all their batters. In response, Rishabh Pant’s 125* (113) and Hardik Panyda’s 71 (55) helped India win the game and seal the series.

South Africa’s most recent ODI match came against Bangladesh in March 2022, where they lost to the Bengal Tigers by nine wickets at SuperSport Park. Bangladesh bowled South Africa out for 154 and chased down the target in 26.3 overs. The Proteas lost the series 1-2. 

South Africa is not on their best streak in ODIs having lost two out of their last three games. England also have notched similar 50-over numbers recently and hence form will be a matter of concern for both teams. 

England: L, W, L, W, W

South Africa: L, W, L, W, W

England vs South Africa ODI head-to-head

England and South Africa have met each other in 68 One Day International matches, of which the former has won 28 games and the latter has won 30. Their recent encounters have been well balanced. In their last 10 games against each other, South Africa has won four, England has won five and one match resulted in a no result. 

Last five meetings: England vs South Africa in ODIs

February 09, 2020 - England won by two wickets

February 07, 2020 - No result

February 04, 2020 - South Africa won by seven wickets

May 05, 2019 - England won by 104 runs

May 29, 2017 - South Africa won by seven wickets

England vs South Africa prediction and cricket betting tips for 1st ODI

While England did struggle in their final game against India, their skipper, Jos Buttler, found form in this match. Reece Topley was also in exceptional form, taking nine wickets in the last two games of the series.

England will take with them the highs of such recent good performances into the upcoming series. South Africa, on the other hand, have not played an ODI since March this year. Hence, it is likely that England will pocket a victory in the series opener. 

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