About the Match
South Africa and England are set to lock horns in match 18 of World T20 in Mumbai.
England has already played its first fixture against West Indies, but the ‘Gayle Storm’ was too much for them. After putting up a big total on the board, English bowlers could not offer much to prevent Chris Gayle from launching a counter-attack.
Unlike England, South Africa is set to feature in its first fixture of the tournament and it is very likely that the Proteas, with all-round skills in the bag, will dominate Eoin Morgan XI.
England Cricket Team:
England squad, after their recent thrashing against West Indies, is already down and out and needs to come out of their shell before. Otherwise, the mighty South Africans will run away with the show without England knowing.
England has come into the tournament carrying an adamant batting lineup with the likes of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, and power hitter Alex Hales. The batting side even proved their selectors right after amassing 181 against a decent West Indian medium pace and spin attack.
England, however, is missing the trick. Even on such dead pitches, any team that possesses an inventory of good spinners can restrict its opposition to a small total, or, at least, defend 180+. England has quality spinners in Adil Rashid and Moin Ali, but to win a world tournament, they need options that are more genuine.
England stands seventh in the T20 rankings, and it is for the season that they do not have balance in their squad.
The Proteas are ready to shine in the World T20. With the most talented side in the tournament, it will not be too tough for Du Plessis XI to run through the English side with ease.
South Africa offer more than enough in every department of the game. Their bowling pack, equipped with the fire of Steyn and grace of Imran Tahir, is capable of holding off any batting squad in the world. Imran Tahir has proved his worth on Indian soils after taking 15 wickets at an average of 20 in IPL 2015.
Apart from bowling, AB De Villiers is the tenth highest run-getter with a solid average of 36, which is only the third best among the top-ten run-makers.
Overall, South Africa, the best fielding side, has it all when it comes down to the T20 format. All they need to do is to play natural, and Indian soil will not disappoint the individuals, just like in IPL. Moreover, with three wins and a loss, South Africans have traditionally dominated the English in WT20.
South Africa beat England in a recently concluded T20 and ODI series and will have an upper hand going into the fixture. A Proteas win is likely to come unless England can come up with some spark in their bowling attack