ENG vs SA, World Cup 2023: Mumbai weather forecast, probable XIs, live telecast - all you need to know
Mumbai will host its first game of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, featuring a match between England and South Africa on Saturday, October 21st. If the upcoming Saturday game is anything like the match between the two teams at the same venue during the 2016 T20 World Cup, the Mumbai crowd is in for an exciting and worthwhile experience.
Twelve years have passed since the unforgettable moment when former captain MS Dhoni hit the winning six in the World Cup. Now, the tournament is making its way back to Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
This stadium holds a special place in the hearts of cricket fans, as it hosted an exhilarating match seven years ago during the 2016 T20 World Cup. The match between England and South Africa is widely regarded as the best in the tournament's history.
The crowd at that time was truly captivated by the thrilling display of cricket. However, in this upcoming match, both teams are facing their own flaws and are hoping to put behind their recent shocking defeats.
Afghanistan delivered a crushing blow to England in Delhi, while the beautiful Dharamsala turned into a nightmare for South Africa against the Dutch.
England is eagerly anticipating the return of Ben Stokes on Saturday. His presence has become crucial for the defending champions, as they seem to be struggling in the middle phase of the game.
Players like Jonny Bairstow and skipper Jos Buttler have not yet found their form. Mumbai is known for high-scoring matches, so it would be wise for England to consider adding a fourth pacer to their side in order to effectively handle the strong South African batting lineup.
However, the Proteas also have some issues that need to be resolved. I enjoy the thrill of chasing.
The Proteas have been participating in the World Cup for 31 years, and it appears that their weakness has consistently been their ability to chase targets.
This vulnerability has been evident throughout the tournament's history, and even the Dutch team managed to take advantage of it.
The bowling performance must take some responsibility for the loss, as the Netherlands were able to reach a score of 245 in 43 overs, despite being at 141/7 at one point.
Their death bowling will face a significant challenge at Wankhede Stadium, particularly without a player of Anrich Nortje's calibre.
The weather in Mumbai is expected to be hot and humid. Although there is no new information, the anticipation of cyclone 'Tej' hitting the shores has led to expectations of slightly more pleasant weather.
The city is not currently under any immediate threat from the cyclone. Therefore, it appears that Saturday will be another warm day for the players and the crowd in Mumbai.
The weather today will be mostly clear, with temperatures ranging from a high of 37 degrees to a low of 28 degrees.
Probable playing XIs
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (capt), Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
Live streaming and telecast
The England-South Africa clash will kick off at 2 PM IST with the toss scheduled to take place half an hour before. The match will be live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD and other language-specific channels in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu on TV.
The live streaming of the ENG vs SA match will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website. Mobile users can watch the match for free on Hotstar.