ENG vs RSA Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Oct 21, 2023

England and South Africa will contest the 20th match of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The reigning champions will go into this match in the wake of defeat to Afghanistan, while the Proteas recently lost to the Netherlands.

This is an opportunity for both teams to consolidate positions in the top four of the 10-team tournament. Let's see what the betting odds and cricket markets have in store for this key clash in Mumbai, India.

England vs South Africa head-to-head record

South Africa have three wins to England's two in their last five completed ODIs. They met for an ODI series earlier this year, when the Proteas won two-one. Overall, since their first ODI meeting in 1992, South Africa have beaten England 33 times - and England have beaten South Africa 30 times.

England vs South Africa live streaming and broadcast

You are able watch this match and the remainder of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on the Star Sports Network and their Disney+ Hotstar streaming app. It is an excellent way to watch cricket live online from India. The tournament is also being broadcast on free-to-air channels by Doordarshan in India.

ENG vs RSA Team Previews


England have been defeated by New Zealand, beaten Bangladesh and lost to Afghanistan this World Cup. Their attempt at a successful title defence is not off to a promising start. But it's a long tournament, with each team playing nine fixtures prior to the semi-final stage. England have plenty of time to right their recent wrongs, starting here.

They won't likely be as troubled against spin against South Africa as they were against Afghanistan. But it's the Proteas' fast bowlers that could pose a challenge in conducive conditions. Dawid Malan, Joe Root and Harry Brook are the only England batters to score 100 runs or more this tournament. The rest need to start delivering as well.

Bowling-wise, Reece Topley and Adil Rashid have been in solid form individually and collectively. The combination of left-arm seam with right-arm wrist spin might be deployed again. There is also the outright pace of Mark Wood for England to use well against the South Africans.

England have a big opportunity to outplay a Proteas team still smarting from defeat to the Dutch. Jos Buttler and company are evidently under the pump, but a convincing win here could do enough to keep them among the genuine title contenders this World Cup.

England Playing 11

Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley.

South Africa

The Proteas, rather characteristically, put in dominant performances against Sri Lanka and Australia - and then lost heavily against the Netherlands. South Africa are perennial underachievers at Cricket World Cups and need to quickly rekindle the promise displayed at the start of this one.

The decision to play Gerald Coetzee ahead of Tabraiz Shamsi against the Dutch did not work for South Africa. They might revert to the spinner ahead of the seamer for this match. While some pundits reckon fielding an extra batter is the way forward, it's unlikely SA will look to Reeza Hendricks at this juncture.

Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock are evidently South Africa's most in-form batters at this tournament. De Kock has 229 runs to Markram's 163. The Proteas can lean on these two for more of the same, but like England with Malan and Brook, others need to step up in support.

This is an enormously important fixture for South Africa. Lose again and they'll likely be written off for the rest of the tournament. Win and they can show that the loss to the Netherlands was a mere speed bump en route to bigger goals. The pressure is certainly on both teams, but perhaps more for the Proteas.

South Africa Playing 11

Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, David Miller, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.

ENG vs RSA Toss Prediction

The toss-winning captain chose to bowl first in 12 of the first 16 matches of this Cricket World Cup. Seven of the last 10 ODIs at the venue for this match were won by the team batting second.

It's highly probable the team to win the toss here will opt to field first. This also allows for knowing the target first and pursuing it later.

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

This will be the first of five matches at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai this World Cup. The pitch should be fresh and full of runs. The last five ODIs at this ground have produced first-innings scores of 220, 438, 280, 255 and 188. That's an average of 276, so this isn't necessarily a high-scoring venue.

Australia played an ODI here as recently as March 2023, when they lost to India. South Africa have not played an ODI here since 2015, when they beat India.

Both teams will likely consider playing two specialist spinners here - and almost certainly follow through on this. One might even open the bowling, or at least be deployed for a couple of overs during the opening powerplay.

Weather-wise, the forecast suggests no rain on the days prior to the match - and on matchday. We should get a full fixture in here, uninterrupted by rain. Humidity levels will be characteristically high of Mumbai and India in general.

ENG vs RSA Betting Tips

This should come down to which team wants to bounce back from defeat the most. England have their loss to Afghanistan to overcome. South Africa are wanting to move on from defeat to the Netherlands.

England are priced as the favourites at 1.73 to win this match. South Africa are offered as the underdogs at 2.10. Despite their superior recent and historical ODI record over England, the Proteas will likely lose here.

England have the depth in playing XI and squad personnel to get this more right than South Africa, whose shortcomings with the ball in particular against the Dutch could be exposed again.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Dafabet


    Quinton de Kock to be top South Africa batter



De Kock has hit the third most runs in this World Cup, including consecutive centuries. He will retire from ODI cricket after this tournament. This is another chance for him to impress against the old enemy.

  1. Parimatch


    Adil Rashid to be top England bowler



South Africa were poor against spin in defeat to the Netherlands. Rashid took three wickets against Afghanistan and is averaging two wickets per match this World Cup.

  1. 1xBet


    Any player to score a century in the first innings



The 2023 Cricket World Cup has already yielded 11 centurions. Four of them - Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Markram and de Kock - will likely play in this match, on effectively a brand new pitch.

Today Match Prediction

England To Win the Match, 1.73

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Who will win ENG vs RSA

England 69.67% (170)
South Africa 30.33% (74)
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