Call 15: England vs South Africa, 1st ODI – Over 47.5 fours to be hit in the match
Call 16: England vs South Africa, 1st ODI – England to hit more than 24.5 fours
Difficulty Level: Medium
Riverside Ground is a venue where 4s predictions are more likely to be correct than 6s predictions. This is because one side of the venue’s square boundary is a flat 80 metre, which teams use to defend runs with spinners and back-of-length bowling. There are also no under-70-metre boundaries, so you won’t get any easy sixes.
- Average number of 4s per match in the last 5 ODIs at Riverside Ground: 46
- Average number of 6s per match in the last 5 ODIs at Riverside Ground: 5.6
Additionally, England are coming off a series loss to India in both T20s and ODIs, so they will not be reckless in this game. Expect the home team’s batters to keep their heads down and play low-risk shots rather than attempting to mow down bowlers too early in the game. And, as we have discussed numerous times during the England-India series, the Jos Buttler-led side are not only a good batting unit but also a deep batting unit, which usually results in plenty of runs.
While series losses to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in recent years may not have indicated it, South Africa is also a top-tier batting unit. With Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram developing as players, Quinton de Kock returning to the XI, David Miler in top form, and decent batting depth with Andile Phelukwayo, Marco Jansen, and Keshav Maharaj at 7, 8, and 9, respectively, the visitors should fancy their chances against a second-string England bowling unit.
South Africa should reach their limit of 22.5 as well, but considering the venue’s history of assisting seamers initially, we wouldn’t recommend putting all of your eggs in one basket. Just be happy that it is working to help our total match 4s prediction.