Date & Time: Sunday, February 09, 13:30 IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
England pride at stake on Pink Day
The rain that struck South Africa seems to be going nowhere as it follows England to Durban as well where the 3rd ODI is set to take place. Although there might be some game time with the showers predicted only for a few hours in the second half of the game. England desperately needs a win to level the series if not it will be a huge blow for the World champions losing against the not so strong South African unit. On the other hand, a series win is a welcome sign for the Proteas who are going through a transition.
Lungi Ngidi who has been rested for the second ODI is likely to take place in the final ODI. England could be tempted to give the same XI another go with the second match being a washout.
The Wanderers is usually a happy hunting venue for the batsmen but with rain around, we can expect something in it for the bowlers as well. The team batting second here historically has a slight advantage and with the rain around in the second half of the match expect it to be the template.
England No.3 was unlucky in the first ODI with the way he got runout and in the second ODI rain Gods didn’t help his cause. But with the ball, he seems to have de Kock’s number as he got him twice in both the games. In the ODIs, he has a PPM of 66 and an MDTA of 1.69.
The South African captain holds the key for the side at the top of the order. In the first game of the series, he has come up with a century. Adding to it, he was the only South African batsman who looked comfortable. He has a PPM of 73 and an MDTA of 1.73 in ODIs.
He has been one of the consistent performances for England in the last couple of years. He is not only amongst the top wicket takers for the side but also chipped in with handy runs down the order. He has a PPM of 67 and an MDTA of 1.5 in ODIS.