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Expect England to clinch the T20I series at Centurion!
Host South Africa and England will battle it out in the third and final game of the T20I series that will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
The home side will rue the fact that they lost the second T20I game by a close margin. Captain Quinton de Kock will be hoping that bowlers can improve their skills in this series finale.
On the other hand, England delivered superlative batting performance in this second T20I game played at Durban. England captain Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards and clinch T20I series on Sunday.
In the previous game, England registered a narrow win over South Africa, courtesy splendid performances from Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.
The home side will be keen to make changes to their bowling department for this game. Veteran pacer Dale Steyn might come in place of either Beuran Hendricks or Bjorn Fortuin.
In the previous game, South Africa's decision to bowl first backfired as bowlers conceded a lot of runs. Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo conceded more than 11 runs an over. Tabraiz Shamsi was the standout bowler for the side and finished with figures of 1 for 30 in his four overs.
Chasing a mammoth 205 runs for victory, openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma got the side off to a flying start.
Captain Quinton de Kock smashed the fastest half-century for South Africa in the T20 format. Left-hander delivered a blistering performance with the bat and finished with the top-score of 65 runs off 22 balls with the help of two fours and eight sixes. He was well supported by Bavuma, who chipped in with 31 off 29 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Promoted to no.3 in the batting order, David Miller produced a quick-fire cameo of 21 runs off 16 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.
Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius fought valiantly to take the game down to the wire. Van der Dussen scored 43 not out off 26 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes, whereas Pretorius scored 25 runs off 13 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
Quinton de Kock (captain & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
|Q de Kock||65||22||2||8||295.45|
|R van der Dussen||43||26||2||3||165.38|
Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, DW Steyn, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin
Eoin Morgan-led unit will be looking to keep the winning momentum going in the third and final game of the series. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes produced splendid performances to help England post a competitive score in the 2nd T20I played at Durban.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Eoin Morgan to deliver the bulk of the runs. Jason Roy continued his excellent form with the bat in this game as well and scored 40 runs off 29 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Jonny Bairstow looked aggressive from the start and produced a quick-fire 35 runs off 17 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. England Captain Eoin Morgan also played his natural game and kept the scoreboard ticking for England. Left-hander chipped in with 27 runs off 24 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
Talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes found form with the bat in this game and smashed unbeaten 47 off 30 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. He put on a 51-run partnership with Moeen Ali to see England post 204 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali delivered scintillating innings at the back end of the innings. He scored 39 runs off just 11 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, and Mark Wood to make crucial breakthroughs. Pacer Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 31 in his four overs. Tom Curran put in an excellent performance in the final overs of the innings to see England eke out a close win and level the T20I series.
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||3.46 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||2.58 k/h||From: E||0%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||2.75 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|09h||26||0 mm.||3.44 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||3.12 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|15h||30||0 mm.||3.15 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||2.75 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||23||0 mm.||2.38 k/h||From: NE||3%|
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The quick bowlers will get a nice bounce and carry from the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be dry and sunny.
SuperSport Park in Centurion is going to host the third and final game of the T20I series between South Africa and England. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have won three out of the last four matches played at this venue.
Both the teams will be looking to bat first and post a competitive score on the board. The average score at this venue is around 160 runs.
Based on current form, England will be firm favorites to win their game against South Africa. With the plethora of batting talent at their disposal, England will be keen to pile on the runs in this series finale. On the other hand, South Africa will need to bowl exceedingly well in order to overcome England in this contest.
Expect England to clinch the T20I series at Centurion!