Date & Time: Friday, February 14, 21:30 IST
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
Will South Africa continue the momentum?
The first T20I between South Africa and England was not one of those perfect team performances from both sides but the very immature performance has produced a nail biter. Both the batting units failed to capitalize on the stars they have got as they found wanting in the second half of the game. Although nothing can’t be taken out from the way Lungi Ngidi defended 6 runs of the final over of the match. Anyways South Africa is one up in the series as they were in the Tests and ODIs as well but failed to capitalize on both the occasions. Will they continue the momentum or England bounce back as they did so far in the tour is what to be seen at Kingsmead.
Sticking with Buttler at the top didn’t work in the last game as it surfaced the inexperience to finish off the games. But Captain Morgan is happy to stick with the same template as far as the players acclimatize with their roles. South Africa might consider bringing in Reza Hendricks in place of Duane Pretoruieus who hasn’t had anything to do in East London.
South Africa possible XI
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Reza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
England possible XI
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Mark wood, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tom curran
Kingsmead has been on the high scoring side in the recent domestic games here and in the last few internationals as well. Both pace and spin done well here here so expect the same in today’s match well.
His fortunes in Test Cricket have not been going on a positive curve but in limited-overs, it was not the case. In the few games he played for the PRoteas, he has scored at PPM of 53 and has an MDTA of 1. In the first game, he made sure to continue the momentum after the departure of De Kock who is the side best batsman by a fair margin.
‘I don’t plan on letting anyone take my spot’, this was Nigidi’s words after completion of the first match where he defended 6 runs in the final over. If one takes note of his stats in the format there is no way anyone can take his spot. He has a PPm of 52 and an MDTA of 1.6 in 8 matches played.
He is by far the best pacer for England in the present squad. He has a PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.59 in 35 matches played since 2016. His spell of 2/28 has put brakes on Proteas in the death overs which makes him a must-have in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.