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England was playing its first ODI after winning the World Cup and it looked rusty. The Englishmen were outplayed pretty comprehensively by South Africa that showed some fight under Quinton de Kock. A similarly encouraging start in the test series was followed by a horrendous set of performances, though, and so South Africa would not be celebrating just yet.
This next match will decide whether South Africa wraps up the ODI series or England equalized and pushed the decider to the final ODI.
South Africa vs England 2nd ODI 2020 is going to be played at Kingsmead Durban on the 7th of February 2020.
Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma are going to get a lot of the accolades for shaping South Africa’s victory in the previous match but we think a lot of credit is due to the bowlers as well. While the fast-bowlers were accurate, the all-rounders did not let the pressure slip, and the spinners were aggressive all the time.
That meant that England never had a chance to play the kind of high-octane game it enjoys and was playing on South African terms. We think it is fair to assume that the South African bowlers can expect a stiffer challenge from England in this next match.
The South African batting lineup has looked good on paper for quite some time now but its performance has not been up to the mark. We like the presence of Reeza Hendricks at the top and JJ Smuts in the middle. Both of these players have been regular scorers in domestic cricket for quite some time now and deserve a longer run in the team.
With David Miller at 6 and Andile Phehlukwayo at 7, the South African batting is very strong and capable of matching England. The concern will be about the consistency with which the South African fire.
Durban is typically a high-scoring venue and so the South Africans will need to make sure their power-hitters get adequate time in the middle as well.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, JJT Smuts, RVD Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, B Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin.
England was very rusty in the previous match and batted quite poorly. The shift to Durban is one that might suit its style of play since the ball will come on to the bat and the rate of scoring will be much quicker.
England’s batting lineup is the deepest in the world and goes down till number ten. Chris Jordan batted at 10 for England he is a serious hitter of the cricket ball as well. The bulk of the scoring has to be done by the top-order, though. Players like Jason Roy and Johhny Bairstow will go hard at the top while Joe Root bats in a more sensible manner.
Eoin Morgan is crucial to keep the spinners under check while Joe Denly, Tom Banton, San Curran, Chris Woakes, and Tom Curran can all adapt to a number of different situations as well. There is plenty of power in this batting lineup and enough depth to not worry about a couple of early wickets.
We expect to see England play in a more fluent manner and put the South African bowlers under a lot more pressure.
England does not have a quality spinner in this lineup and is missing Adil Rashid. He used to be the go-to for Eoin Morgan and was capable of picking wickets or drying up the runs as needed. Matt Parkinson has some big shoes to fill and just does not seem to have the same level of skill to cope.
England’s fast-bowlers will have to the bulk of the work which is where Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, and Tom Curran come in. They will be responsible for picking up wickets while Chris Jordan will be tasked with keeping things quiet during the death overs.
It would be foolish to write off England after one poor match. They are up against a decent side in its home conditions but that should not faze the world champions one bit.
JJ Roy, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, Joe Denly, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, CR Woakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Matt Parkinson.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first with all the rain around.
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There is a lot of rain in Durban and we could have a situation where getting any play is going to be difficult. A truncated match or even a wash-out looks likely. The pitch is expected to be good for batting with a decent amount of pace and carry in it. We are unlikely to get much of a look at it in action, though.
Dream11 tips and Dream11 prediction for South Africa vs England 2nd ODI 2020
A no-result seems like the most likely outcome, however, stranger things have happened in the past. If the weather gods do relent and we are able to get some play then we think that punters need to be careful with their bets. The shorter the match more the unpredictability. If we take the full 50 over contest, though, then England should win.
Bet on England to win.
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