Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa vs England 2020 - 1st T20I
The 1st T20I of the three-match series between South Africa and England will be played at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa.
The last time that the two teams met in T20I cricket, England won 2-1. That affair was quite closely fought as after South Africa won the first match of this series by one run, England came back to win the next one by two runs and then sealed the series in style with a five-wicket victory in Centurion.
There will be some concern of an extended break for a few but most of the players from both South Africa and England were just part of the IPL which holds them in good stead.
The only players to not feature in the IPL across the two teams are Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma Andile Pheklukawayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood who will have the onus of matching up to the form and fitness of their IPL team-mates.
While South Africa do not have a lot of selection headaches, with most of their players picking themselves, England have quite a few choices to make.
The two big ones for them would be the toss up between Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan as only two of the three can fit in, with Jos Buttler likely to open the batting.
If current form is a yardstick, Bairstow is expected to play ahead of Roy with Dawid Malan at number 3. Likewise Sam Curran, who did wonders for Chennai Super Kings in the recently-concluded IPL, is expected to get the nod ahead of Tom Curran, who had the spot in possession in England's last international fixture.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, JJ Smuts, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma/David Miller, Andile Pheklukawayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
England - Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy/Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran/Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jofra Archer (England), Anrich Nortje (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Man of the Match – Eoin Morgan
Team Scores Batting first – England 180+, South Africa 160+
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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