Date & Time: Sunday, February 16, 18:00 IST
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa
All to play for in the fitting finale
3 runs off 1 ball, this was the scoreline needed for both the teams in the first two games of the series. On both occasions, teams have defended the margin to produce thrillers. If it was Ngidi was for the Proteas, it was Tom Curran, the man for England who held his nerve in a pressuring situation. Both side’s middle-order showed significant improvement from the first game, but there is still an area that needs attention in the middle overs. Although it was not easy to bat in the middle period in both the games, in Centurion where the surface is known to be quick, teams can’t afford to bring in the same pattern this time around.
England somehow found ways to come back after being put under pressure in the first of each of the formats played on the tour. On the other hand, it’s the opposite for the home side, yet the good news is that they have been competitive in the limited-overs format.
Dale Steyn is likely to come back into the XI at Supersport Park in place of Bjorn Fortuin. England might stick with the same XI of the first two games.
South Africa possible XI:
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Reza Hendricks/JJ Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, 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.
Supersport Park is known for producing spicy wickets where pacers enjoy the conditions here. At the same time, it also aids the batsmen with true bounce and carry. So expect another run-fest in the final match of the series as well if teams use the conditions to good effect.
He has been unstoppable at the top of the order in this season. In the last game, he has scored the fastest half-century by a South African in T20Is. In the tour, he has the highest PPM among batsmen and has an MDTA of 1. The kind of form, he has displayed so far in the tour makes him an automatic pick in the Dream11 fantasy team.
He is just noticing up with good performances on a consistent basis. He has been the go to man for Morgan whenever the team needed a wicket or to stem the run flow. His PPM of 71.5 and an MDTA of 1 makes him a must-have in today’s match.
He is the at the top of charts with a PPM of 80 in the two matches played. It seems he has become the spearhead of the attack, as he bowls at crucial situations. At times he may have gone for runs but he has been always amongst the wickets when it comes to the T20I format, where he has a PPM of 55 in the 9 matches played so far.
He is making sure the team is getting to a good start in a time when Buttler is finding it difficult off late. His good starts at the top has helped England to take the game deep in the first game and in the second to set a formidable target. His PPM of 73 in the tour makes him a must-have in today’s match.