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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v England 3rd T20I

Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v England 3rd T20I
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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v England 3rd T20I

There is a case for Dawid Malan to be included in place of Joe Denly in the decider. The inclusion of Bjorn Fortuin helps South Africa cover two bases, bowling spin in the powerplay and batting at No. 8 and they are expected to stick to him.

Death bowling the difference between two sides

The 2nd T20I between South Africa and England was won and lost in the death overs, as most T20s are. While England were excellent at the death, Moeen Ali with the bat and Chris Jordan and Tom Curran with the ball, South Africa struggled to push the scoring rate in the death overs. While Lungi Ngidi and Beuran Hendricks leaked runs, Jon Jon Smuts failed to capitalise with bat in hand.

In the first half of the match, it was Moeen Ali's innings which made the difference between a 180-run below-par score and 200 + good total for England. Moin clobbered 39 runs off just 11 deliveries with 3 fours and 4 sixes, at a sensational strike rate of over 350.

The all-rounder took Hendricks for 21 runs in the 17th over, striking 2 sixes and 1 four. Next up, Lungi Ngidi also conceded 1 six and 2 fours to the stylish left-hander. Assisted by some clean striking from Ben Stokes, England collected 28 runs off the last two overs and 79 off the last five.

On the contrary, England's prime weapon at the death, Chris Jordan, put a squeeze on South Africa. He began the 17th oven in style, taking two wickets in two balls and stunted the momentum of the South African chase.

To add to that, he finished the over with just five runs and changed the face of the game. Mark Wood was expensive in the 18th over and gave away 19 but Jordan came back well with an 11-run over, including a boundary that came off the edge.

With 15 required off the last over and three required off the last two deliveries, Tom Curran did an excellent job of nailing a yorker and then trusting his instinct with the back-of-the-hand slower delivery to hand England a narrow win.

Malan can be considered for Denly

Had the series been decided, a slew of changes would have been made in this game. But, with the series level at 1-1 and the decider set to be played at Centurion, both teams will stick to their best XI.

While England did not make any changes, South Africa brought in spinner Bjourn Fortuin in place of Dale Steyn in the last game. The South African team management was looking to cover two aspects with this change. One, the all-rounder helps to bolster the batting, providing them an option at No. 8. Two, with Jon Jon Smuts having given away more than 20 runs in the last game, South Africa was looking at a spinner in the powerplay who could contain and Fortuin did that role decently well.

For England, after hi twin failures, there is a case for Dawid Malan to be included in place of Joe Denly.

 

Probable playing XI of both teams:

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjourn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks/Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

England - Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood

Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams

 

South Africa

Quinton de Kock – had a good 1st and 2nd T20I as predicted (top scored and also hit the fastest half-century in the history of T20I cricket in 2nd T20I) – pick again

Rassie van der Dussen – had a good 1st T20I and 2nd T20I as predicted – pick again

Lungi Ngidi – took 3-30 in 1st T20I and was Player of the Match, in 2nd T20I was top wicket taker (as predicted) with 3-48 – pick again

 

England

Dawid Malan – was not picked in 1st or 2nd T20I (was that a mistake by England selectors?) - top run getter recently in the Bangladesh Premier League - if he is not picked, go for Jason Roy (top scored in 1st T20I and 2nd top scorer in 2nd T20I) as predicted to do well – pick again

Eoin Morgan – had a good 1st and 2nd T20I as predicted – pick again

Ben Stokes – disappointing 1st T20I (batting in wrong position – why would you put Joe Denly above him in the batting order?) –  top scored in 2nd T20I and took a wicket and a catch - pick again

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