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Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bowl first
South Africa beat England by 58 runs
England pushing for a series win over South Africa after a thumping win in the 1st T20I.
We predict that England will defeat South Africa.
Tournament: England vs South Africa 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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England will host SA for the second T20I at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on July 27th from 11:00 pm onwards. England won the first T20I by 41 runs after the heroics from Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. This will be England’s chance to make 4 T20I series in a row against South Africa.
Batting first, England put 234 runs on the board. Bairstow and Ali put a partnership of 106 runs in 5.5 overs. Lungi Ngidi was the only standout player from the SA bowling camp who took a fifer for 39 runs. Chasing the second highest score in T20I, SA had a horrible start. They lost 2 wickets for 7. But Reeza Hendricks (57) and then Tristan Stubbs (72 off 28) took SA close to the target. Moeen Ali once again helped his team by removing Hendricks and won the Man of the Match award.
SA has played England at Cardiff back in 2017. They lost the game by 19 runs after David Malan scored 78 off 44 balls. Surprisingly, Malan scored 43 off 23 in the first T20I too. Well, that’s not a good sign for SA. SA haven’t won a T20I series in England for a long period. They have lost on the last three occasions. Though the second T20I will be played within 24 hours, the stats are in favor of England.
It will be a sigh of relief for English captain, Jos Buttler, to see his batters outsmart SA’s bowling attack. His only concern will be underperforming Jason Roy. Roy scored just 4 runs in 7 balls when his teammates were striking above 125. Buttler can look into adding Philip Salt over Roy whose T20I strike rate is 183.78 after 4 matches. Buttler played a short but fiery knock off 22 runs in 7 balls. But he has an average of 41.33 and a strike rate of 133.33 at Cardiff. David Malan at number three will be now England’s fixed solution for the upcoming World Cup. The world number three batter scored 43 runs at a strike rate of 186.96.
Jonny Bairstow's inclusion in the squad after missing the India series helped in favor of England. Bairstow scored 90 off 53 balls with 8 sixes. England sent Moeen Ali above Liam Livingstone. The lefty-righty combo blissed the scoreboard as Moeen Ali scored the fastest half-century for England in just 16 balls. Ali then went on to bowl to pick the crucial wicket of Hendricks who was striking at 172.73. So far England has the most destructive middle-order in the world of T20I cricket.
It will be obvious for England to go with 4 pacers. Reece Topley has 14 wickets for England in the last 5 white-ball games. Topley removed Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw in the second over of the game that anchored England’s 41 runs win. Richard Gleeson was expensive but took 3 wickets at the end that including Tristan Stubbs. Tough Chris Jordan was wicketless, he had taken 3 wickets at Cardiff back when England faced SA. Adil Rashid will be the final choice for a spin as he took 2 wickets for 17 in the first game.
Key Players: Jos Butler, Dawid Malan, Reece Topley.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson, Reece Topley.
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, AU Rashid, Richard Gleeson, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Reece Topley
SA will be looking forward to winning the remaining games to win their first T20I series in England. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks will open for them. de Kock has 325 runs against England in 9 games at a strike rate of 160 plus. World number two batter Aiden Markram should come in for Rilee Rossouw. He has played just one game against England in which he scored a half-century at a strike rate of 208.
Henrich Klassen played a short knock-off 20 in 14 balls. SA will expect him to play longer yet faster innings if the top-order fails. Tristan Stubbs stole the show yesterday by scoring 72 runs off 28 balls including 8 sixes. But he couldn’t find a partner on the other side to help him reach the target. Markram’s inclusion can solve this problem as he takes the game dipper and then starts hitting.
The comeback of Kagiso Rabada didn’t go as per the plan. Though Rabada gave just 30 runs, he couldn’t take wickets. Lungi Ngidi is currently having the best form amongst SA bowlers. Ngidi took a fifer in the last game to take his wicket tally to 11 in the last 3 T20Is. Besides this, SA is in dire need to move away from including two spinners. Both Maharaj and Shamsi have been expensive for the last 5 matches. They are giving more than 10 runs per over. Anrich Nortje might come in for one of these two.
Key Players: Tristan Stubbs, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi
David Miller (C), Reeza Hendericks, Henrich Klassen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Tristan Stubbs, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen.
RR Rossouw, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo
The weather will be mostly cloudy with no chance of rain. The temperature will range between 14 and 22°C. The wind will be flowing from the west at 7-10 kmh. The pitch favors batters as well as pacers. In the first overs, pacers are able to swing with the help of the pitch. The longer mid-wicket boundary can help spinners to restrict batters from scoring in the middle overs.
The 2nd T20I between England and South Africa will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The venue holds a capacity of 15000 spectators and has hosted 3 tests, 29 ODIs & 9 T20I so far. It is the home ground for Glamorgan Cricket Club.
In 9 T20Is, teams have successfully chased the target on 7 occasions. This includes England’s 7-wicket win over Pakistan while chasing 176 runs. Therefore team winning the toss should bowl first.
England have 6 victories in the last 7 T20I games against South Africa. They have won the last 3 T20I series against SA. To add the cherry on the top, Jonny Bairstow is having an ultimate form. Centuries against New Zealand and India in the tests followed by a 90-run knock in the first game show it will be difficult for SA to stop him from scoring. SA now have 3 losses in the last 3 T20Is.
We predict that England will defeat South Africa.
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