Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs Australia 2nd T20I
The 2nd match of the 3-match T20I series between England and Australia will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
In the series opener, after the 12th over in the Australian chase, the visitors managed just 2 sixes and no fours. This is a key stat which illustrates best where the match was won and lost.
Australia were in possession of the game for most of its duration until the last 5-8 overs, when they panicked with the finishing line in sight and made several errors - both unforced and those brought about by some brilliant bowling from England.
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood started on an exciting note, sending down thunderbolts which the Australian opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner handled masterfully in the beginning. But once the partnership was broken in the 11th over, just two runs shy of the 100-run mark, Australia could never put the pieces back together.
To their credit, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran, specialists at the death, executed well and allowed the Australian batsmen little room to find the boundary.
While England are expected to go in unchanged for the 2nd match of the T20I series, Australia can consider bringing in Riley Meredith in place of Mitchell Starc, who looked largely ineffective in the 1st T20I.
However, given that Starc has had just one off game and the team is coming off a 5 month-long hiatus, the Australian management may decide otherwise. Daniel Sams can be considered in place of Marcus Stoinis.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Steve Smith (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Chris Jordan (England), Kane Richardson (Australia)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (England), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Man of the Match – Eoin Morgan
Team Scores Batting first – England 190+, Australia 185+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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