About the Match
South Africa did themselves proud as they made a comeback into the ODI series and snatched a 3-2 victory against England; the two teams will now play a 5-match T20 series, with the 1st T20 scheduled to be held at Cape Town on 19th February. England packed a punch in the first two one-day matches but failed to repeat the performance in the later games; with the World T20 tournament set to start next month, this will be a perfect opportunity for both teams to test each other’s skills and perseverance.
Faf du Plessis will lead the side from the front and will favour a long batting line-up with all-rounders like Chris Morris, David Wiese and Rilee Russouw, who have been doing well with bat and ball. Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are in good form and with middle-order experts like AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien and David Miller, the batting line-up looks pretty strong.
Kagiso Rabada performed well in the recently concluded one-day series and he provides the edge to the pace attack; Dale Steyn makes it back to the team after recovering from injuries and along with Kyle Abbott, David Wiese and Chris Morris, the team could thrive on home turf yet again. Imran Tahir will lead the spin attack and bowlers like Aaron Phangiso and Russouw will provide variety and depth to the squad.
The upcoming series against England will give the youngsters a chance to prove themselves here; they have a strong batting outfit and a well-balanced bowling unit that can pull out some tricks to outwit the English hard-hitters.
The batsmen came out all guns blazing in the start of the ODI series against the hosts and they are in good form to pose a stiff challenge yet again; Alex Hales, who won the Man of the Series in the ODIs against South Africa, will be eager to repeat the match-winning performances while Joe Root, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler will contribute with their power-packed batting. Others like Sam Billings and Liam Plunkett also might feature in the squad; Morgan will lead the side and try to choose the best for the team.
Ben Stokes and Reece Topley will provide the left-right combination in pace attack while Chris Jordan, Woakes and David Willey will bring variety and depth to the attack. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali bring their spin tactics to the table and with part-time bowlers like Morgan, Root and Vince, the English look confident to cause a few upsets here.
Overall, they have found the rhythm back to win matches and if they can build strong partnerships whether batting first or during chase, England can definitely be a formidable force to reckon with.
The hosts are confident to pull off another series win here in the shorter format of the game; England, however, have proven to be a tough team to beat when they apply their skills. The upcoming match could well go down to the wire, but we feel that South Africa is better placed to win the first T20 match on Friday