Test of character for both England and South Africa in series decider - Match Preview

Dawid Malan is likely to make his England debut
Dawid Malan is likely to make his England debut
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Match details:

3rd T20I - England v South Africa, Sophia Gardens
25th June, 14:30 local, 13:30 GMT

England and South Africa will face each other one final time in the Twenty20 International series at Sophia Gardens on Sunday with the winner taking it all.

England looked clear favourites to claim the series after their dominating win in the first game in Southampton but they surrendered the second game in Taunton after being in a comfortable position of needing 40 runs in the final four overs with seven wickets in hand. They will be without their in-form batsman Jonny Bairstow for the encounter as he has been released for his Yorkshire duties which might mean an opportunity for Dawid Malan. You can also follow in play on our Live Cricket Scores match centre. 

The ploy to open the innings with Sam Billings did not come good and he is likely to make way for Alex Hales. But, England can take a lot of positives from the way Jason Roy went about things this series and shared a 110 run stand for the second wicket with Bairstow before being dismissed in an unusual manner of obstructing the field. Liam Livingstone struggled to get going during a crucial phase in the previous game but is likely to get another chance. Tom Curran was impressive with his three wicket haul on debut and we could very well see Craig Overton making his mark on Sunday.

South Africa are yet to justify the reason to exclude Chris Morris for the opening game of the series and the all-rounder responded with a man of the match performance in the second game, conceding just 18 runs and picking two wickets in his four over quota. JJ smuts was brilliant at the top but it was once again AB de Villiers, who played breathtaking strokes in his 20-ball 46. South Africa will need to address their batting in the death overs, even though Farhaan Behardien looks in good nick.

Spotlight on:

Dawid Malan - Despite, a terrific series for England Lions, he has been made to wait for his much anticipated England debut and a rest to Bairstow might very well see the hard hitting left hander break into the XI. His scores of 125* and 84 for Lions shows how destructive he can be.

Chris Morris - Failed to find a place in the first game but bounced back hard in the second with terrific spell of bowling while accounting for Billings and Bairstow. He will be a key man with both bat and the ball for the Proteas in the final game.

Probable Team:

England - 1. Alex Hales, 2. Jason Roy, 3. Dawid Malan, 4. Eoin Morgan (captain), 5. Jos Buttler (wk), 6. Liam Livingstone, 7. Liam Dawson, 8. David Willey, 9. Chris Jordan / Craig Overton, 10. Liam Plunkett, 11. Tom Curran

South Africa - 1. JJ Smuts, 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3. Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), 4. AB de Villiers (captain), 5. David Miller, 6. Farhaan Behardien, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Andile Phehlukwayo, 10. Dane Paterson, 11. Imran Tahir

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