South Africa vs England ODI Prediction
- World champions England will look to hit back from a below-par performance in the first match of this series when they take on South Africa again, this time in Durban.
- Tabraiz Shamsi's three wickets and Quinton de Kock's century ensured a comfortable win for South Africa at Cape Town - the hosts requiring 47.4 overs to chase 259 and win by seven wickets.
- Both teams have mixed squads, with four debutants featuring in the first match - two apiece - and more likely to follow too.
South Africa vs England 2nd ODI Match Prediction
England need to hit back in the second match of this three-game series if they want to avoid losing their first ODI series since being crowned world champions. The second game of the series takes place in Durban, at Kingsmead, on February 7 and the live action starts at 13:00 local time.
Joe Denly scored 87 from 103 balls last time out to revive England last time out, after they had fallen to 131/6, but their score of 258/8 was still well below par. Quinton de Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) put on 173 for the second South African wicket in reply and a Proteas win was never in doubt as a result.
Tom Banton, Matt Parkinson, JJ Smuts and Lutho Sipamla all made their ODI debuts in that match and there are other uncapped players on both sides who could feature in these next two matches too, as both teams rebuild after contrasting fortunes at the World Cup.
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South Africa finally won a toss against England last time out and elected to field first and they may opt for the same with dew a factor in this second ODI.
Traditionally prone to thunderstorms, there is plenty of rain on the forecast for Durban for this second match of the series. With humidity high too, this could be a total washout.
Kingsmead has returned to being a faster wicket this year – it slowed down last season – and the batsman should thrive if they somehow get lucky with the rain.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
Lutho Sipamla and JJ Smuts both made their ODI debuts last time out, while Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne are all awaiting their maiden ODI opportunities. Malan could play instead of Reeza Hendricks – the only batsman to fall short last time out – if South Africa do opt for changes.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock: Led from the front last time out as he hit 107 from 113 balls at the top of the order, including 11 fours and one six, to ensure South Africa’s victory was never in doubt. He passed 5,000 ODI runs in the process.
Rassie van der Dussen: Not enough time to add an eighth ODI half-century in his 15th innings in the format last time out, but his unbeaten 38 does mean his average climbed to 78.
Tabraiz Shamsi: Now stepping up to lead the South African spin attack in place of Imran Tahir, he shone on his first assignment as he took 3-38 from his ten overs last time out.
SA Team Form
While their World Cup was ultimately a disappointment, victories in their last two matches of the tournament and then another in the first match of this series does mean South Africa have now won three in a row. Quinton de Kock’s century and Temba Bavuma’s 98 ensured a Proteas’ victory never looked in doubt last time out as they comfortably chased 259 to win for the loss of just three wickets.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (c,wk), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
England’s team has a very different look to their World Cup winning side, with Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler rested, Jofra Archer injured, Liam Plunkett overlooked and Adil Rashid not risked last time out. Matt Parkinson and Tom Banton made their ODI debuts last time out and there was a long-awaited return to the 50-over format for Chris Jordan. All three could be handed another chance in the second game of the series, while Saqib Mahmood is also pushing for an ODI debut after replacing Archer in the squad.
ENG Key Players
Jason Roy: Set the tone with 32 at the top of the innings last time out, in a 51-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow. The big-hitting opener has scored 18 ODI half-centuries and nine centuries and averages 42.66 in the format.
Eoin Morgan: The England captain is closing in on 7,500 ODI runs and boasts an average just below 40 in the format. He has reached 50 on 59 occasions in total, converting 13 of those into centuries.
Chris Woakes: Played his 100th ODI last time out, and he has 143 wickets to his name in the format, as well as a useful 1,226 runs from 69 innings down the order – including four half-centuries. He scored 40 and took 1-36 last time out to prove his all-round worth.
ENG Team Form
This is England’s first ODI series since being crowned world champions with their dramatic win against New Zealand at Lord’s in a super over. With a much-changed team they fell well short last time out, however – posting 258/8 which owed much to Joe Denly’s 87. In reply, they took just three wickets as South Africa cruised to victory.
England Predicted Playing 11
Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Tom Banton, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Matt Parkinson
SA vs ENG Head to Head
South Africa have now won 30 times against England in ODI cricket, even if the English did beat them at the World Cup in their previous meeting before this series. Quinton de Kock hit a half-century in that defeat and improved on that last time out with 107 to lead a chase of 259 to win at Cape Town. Temba Bavuma’s 98, as the two shared a 173-run second-wicket partnership, helped the hosts cruise to victory.
SA vs ENG Head to Head Stats
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