Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - South Africa v England 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between South Africa and England will be played at the Buffalo Park in East London.
South Africa and England have played a total of 15 T20Is against each other, out of which England have won 6 and South Africa have won 8. One match has ended without a result.
In the last 5 T20Is between the two teams, South Africa have won 2 while England have won 3. The last match between them was played back in 2017 when England won comfortably by 19 runs.
The venue of this match is the Buffalo Park in East London which has hosted only two T20Is and has an average score of 162 for the team batting first. The average score batting first here in domestic T20 matches is 147, which suggests that it is not the typical flat T20 surface.
Jos Buttler is likely to open the batting for England with either of Jason Roy or Jonny Bairstow. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes will be in the middle order. In the absence of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan will be the team's leading bowlers.
South Africa will stick to their ODI opening combination of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks with Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller providing the spark in the middle order. The return of Dale Steyn will bolster their bowling, which already has Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius/Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn
England - Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Chris Jordan (England), Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Jos Buttler (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Player of the Match – Jos Buttler
Team Scores Batting first – England 180+, South Africa 165+
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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