Date & Time: Friday, February 07, 16:30 IST
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
England’s batting in focus with the series on the line
The World Champions were treated to a humiliating defeat in the first ODI against South Africa which perceived to be otherwise leading into the match. The defeat was definitely not on the cards with the way things have gone in the last few months. A lot of things have gone against South Africa on and off-field in the period. On the other hand, England has reached great heights in the ODI format which they could have only dreamt of a few years ago. But the last few years form was not on display in Capetown as they were off the paddle. The victory though a welcome sign for South Africa for a team that is starving for confidence across formats. Now the 3 match ODI series moves to Duban where England can’t afford to repeat their mistakes with the series on the line and for South Africa, it’s about building on the good deeds from Capetown.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same XI of the last match.
South Africa Possible XI:
Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Jon-Jon Smuts, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi
England possible XI:
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(w), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Joe Denly, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson
Durban has been slightly on the high scoring side in the last 5 matches played here with the average score batting first ranging between 290 & 300. Both spin and pace done equally here historically so expect a cracking contest between bat and ball in the crucial match. Although the forecast doesn’t’ seem to help the cause as there is a 90% chance of rain.
The South African captain has led the chase in the first ODI which made things easy for the proteas in chasing a tricky target. In the last 5 matches played in the format, he has a PPM of 65 and an MDTA of 1.25. In the four matches played at the venue, he has a PPM of 85 and an MDT of 1.33.
He has become all format for South Africa in a span of 6 months. He has stepped up to fill the big shoes of Amla and De Villiers and so far he hasn’t done anything wrong in the ODI format. In the first ODI, he has seen the team through the chase with scoring 38 runs. At the venue, he has a PPM of 83 and an MDTA of 1 in the two matches played.
It was quite unfortunate that he got run out in the first ODI until then he looked good. In the second innings, he has proved to be handy with his off-breaks where he chipped in with a wicket. Now with the series on the line expect him to perform with the bat as well.
He has been in the descent form off late across formats which is evident in the Test Series. He has replicated the same in the first ODI as well where he scored handy runs down the order and chipped in with a wicket. In the last 5 matches, he has a PPM of 72.4 and an MDTA of 1.25.