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South Africa to clinch T20I series!
Host South Africa will be looking to clinch the T20I series when they face England in the second game of the series at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban on Friday.
The home side will believe that they managed to pull off a heist over England in the opening game of the series played at East London. Skipper Quinton de Kock will be hoping that bowlers can improve their game with the ball in this contest. With this result, South Africa have 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
On the other hand, England will rue the fact that they should have won the game at East London. England Captain Eoin Morgan will be looking to make amends for the mistakes made in the previous game. The visitors will feel that they need to make improvements in their game in a bid to level the T20I series.
Quinton de Kock and co. will need to deliver their best cricket in a bid to clinch the T20I series. Before the start of the series, many believed that England will dominate with bat and ball. The opening game showed the fight and spirit shown by youngsters to pull off an improbable win at East London. There were plenty of positives to take from the previous game. From Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock’s opening partnership to South Africa bowlers doing well in the final overs of the innings.
Skipper Quinton de Kock led the way with the bat and smashed 31 runs off 15 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Left-hander has shown impeccable form with the bat so far in this home season.
Besides, Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen contributed with notable scores for the side. Promoted to open the innings, Bavuma played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 43 runs off 27 balls with the help of five boundaries. Rassie van der Dussen looked in decent touch with the bat and scored 31 runs off 26 balls with the help of three fours and one six. David Miller, JJ Smuts and Andile Phehlukwayo also contributed with crucial cameos to help South Africa post a competitive score in the opening game.
In the bowling department, pacer Lungi Ngidi was the star performer with the ball for South Africa in the previous game. Despite conceding a lot of runs in his first spell, Ngidi made a terrific comeback and picked three wickets at the end to see South Africa pull off an amazing win.
Veteran pacer Dale Steyn looked a little off-color in his first outing for South Africa in the format after almost one year. He picked up crucial wicket of Jos Buttler and conceded 33 runs in his four overs. Andile Phehlukwayo and Beuran Hendricks bowled well and claimed two wickets each.
Quinton de Kock (captain & wk), David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi
|Q de Kock||31||15||3||2||206.67|
|R van der Dussen||31||26||3||1||119.23|
Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, B Hendricks, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts, Lungi Ngidi, Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin
Eoin Morgan will feel that the side became complacent at the end and lost the game in the final over of the innings. Due to atrocious batting in the end, the side suffered one run-defeat against South Africa at East London. Despite a shocking defeat in the opening fixture, the likes of Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan delivered credible performances for the side.
In the batting department, the team management will be hoping that Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will continue to deliver, just like they did in the previous game, whereas Captain Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes will be once again given the responsibility to provide big finish in the final part of the innings.
Opener Jason Roy was the standout performer with the bat for England in the game played at East London. He put crucial partnerships with Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan to see England dominate the proceedings. Roy delivered a blistering 70 runs off 38 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Besides Roy, England Captain Eoin Morgan continued his rich vein of form with the bat in the T20 format. Left-hander smashed a half-century off 34 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. Jos Buttler also chipped in with 15 runs off 10 balls with the help of three fours, whereas Jonny Bairstow scored 23 runs off 19 balls with the help of three boundaries.
In the bowling department, the spin duo of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled well in the previous game. Both of them conceded less than six runs an over and did not allow South African batsmen to score any quick runs.
Pacer Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers for England in the opening fixture. He delivered an excellent performance at the back end of the innings and finished with figures of 2 for 28 in his three overs.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Joe Denly
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||23||0 mm.||3.06 k/h||From: N||0%|
|03h||23||0 mm.||5.46 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|06h||25||0 mm.||8.11 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|09h||26||0 mm.||8.35 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||6.76 k/h||From: S||0%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||2.61 k/h||From: SSE||3%|
|18h||26||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: SSW||29%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||1.06 k/h||From: SW||93%|
The pitch is expected to be slower on the slower side with the plenty of help for the spinners. The weather for the game to be played on is expected to stay fine throughout.
Kingsmead Cricket Ground is going to host the second game between South Africa and England. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have won their last three matches at this venue.
On the other hand, England have lost both their T20I games played at this venue.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this sluggish pitch. Batting will be easier in the second half of the game.
Host South Africa will be favorites to win the game as they playing in their home conditions. Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Lungi Ngidi delivered excellent performances for the side in the previous game and will need to more of the same in the remaining fixtures.
On the other hand, England will need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to level the series.
South Africa to clinch T20I series!