South Africa vs England 2nd T20 Prediction
- England are under pressure as they will now need to win both the remaining matches in order to win the series.
- South Africa have a strong T20I record at this ground with five wins from seven matches.
- There is a lot of inexperience in South Africa's middle-order while England boast tremendous firepower with the bat.
South Africa vs England 2nd T20 Match Prediction
South Africa pipped England by one run in the high-scoring nail-biter in East London to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game T20 international series. The visitors will seek parity when they face the hosts at the Kingsmead in Durban for the second T20I. The match will be played on February 14 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 6 PM local time.
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Four of the last five T20 internationals played at this venue have been won by the side batting second. And also since the wicket is unlikely to change after the first-half of the game, the toss-winning captain will probably opt to chase.
A bit of cloud cover is expected throughout the game. However, the chances of rain are almost none and we should have a full forty-over contest. Temperatures are likely to be around 25 degrees Celsius.
The Kingsmead is known to offer excellent batting pitches and one can expect just the kind of surface on Friday. Scores of over 150 have been posted five times in the last three T20Is at this ground. 148 is the average first-innings score here in this format.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
South Africa are not carrying any injuries from the first T20I and so they will have the entire squad to choose from for this second game. However, they may not want to make a change in their side after having emerged victorious last time out. Temba Bavuma is likely to continue partnering captain Quinton de Kock at the top while pacemen Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi will be sharing the new ball again.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock: The skipper is averaging 76 at the Kingsmead in T20Is. He smashed a half-century in the last game of the ODI series and scored a brisk 31 in the previous game.
David Miller: The left-handed batsman is another danger man at the top of the order and can take the game away from England with his explosive batting. Miller has a fifty from his two T20I innings at this ground.
Lungi Ngidi: He was the pick of the South African bowlers the other night with outstanding figures of 3-30 from four overs. The fast bowler will look to fox the England batsmen with his slower deliveries in Durban.
SA Team Form
South Africa have had plenty of success in the T20 format in the last couple of years; they have nine wins, two losses and a tie in their last twelve matches. The Proteas have not faced a series defeat in their last five bilateral T20I series and have won four of them. They whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 at home and drew 1-1 with India in India before hosting England in this three-match series. Quinton de Kock's men will be confident after having finished on the right side of the result the other night.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
England put up a good show in the opening game despite the loss and they won't be pressing the panic button just yet. The tourists don't have any injury issues to deal with ahead of this match and we expect them to come up with an unchanged line-up. Moeen Ali had a good outing with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-0-22-1, and skipper Eoin Morgan might look to use his off-spin in the powerplay again.
ENG Key Players
Jason Roy: He is one of the most feared batsman in the white-ball format. The opener's swashbuckling knock of 70 off just 38 balls went in vain last time and he will look to take his team across the line in this must-win game.
Eoin Morgan: The captain would have gained a lot of confidence from his 34-ball 52 in the opening match of the series and he will be expected to lead from the front again.
Ben Stokes: He is a key component in this England line-up due to his match-winning contributions with both bat and ball. The all-rounder could not make an impact with the bat last time and he will be eager to bounce back with a strong performance.
ENG Team Form
England entered this series on the back of four consecutive series wins - against Sri Lanka (1-0), West Indies (3-0), Pakistan (1-0) and New Zealand (3-2). They have won seven, lost three and tied one of their last eleven T20 internationals. The visitors have started this series on a losing note. With half-centuries from Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan, England were cruising at one stage in their chase of 178, but wickets started to fall in clumps towards the end and they eventually lost the game by the slimmest of margins.
England Predicted Playing 11
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
SA vs ENG Head to Head
South Africa and England have now played 16 T20 internationals against each other with the former leading the scoreline 9-6. One of those encounters has not produced a result.
South Africa's victory in the opening match of the ongoing series means that they have now won five of their last eight T20I encounters against England.
The two countries have never faced each other at the Kingsmead in the twenty-over format of the game.
SA vs ENG Head to Head Stats
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