South Africa vs England, 3rd ODI Match Prediction2020-02-10
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
England will be hoping to dominate the Protea and level the series 1-1 at the Wanderers!
We are backing England to win!
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South Africa take a 1-0 lead into the final ODI of their three-game series with England, which concludes at the Wanderers. The Proteas won the opening game of the series, with Quinton de Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) leading the way with the bat in a dominant seven-wicket win chasing 259. Both men were dismissed within the 68 balls possible last time out, but rain in Durban forced a no result.
The series now concludes at the Wanderers for a match in which England have already stated they will not be at full strength. It means the World champions’ hopes of avoiding a series defeat in their first ODI matches since the World Cup win will likely rest on inexperienced players like Tom Banton, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
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South Africa was unfortunate to have missed out on a golden chance of dominating the English side in the second one-dayer. However, they could be vouched to come up with a potent show at the Wanderers. Skipper Quinton de Kock (107) looked like a man in possession in the 1st ODI as he tore apart the rival attack with his blistering innings hitting 11-fours and a six in the process. If not for him and Tenda Bavuma (98), the hosts could have lost out the battle and perhaps, they would have been trailing the series by a margin of 1-0.
Reeza Hendricks looked in a good nick in the 2nd ODI and will be itching to extend his stay in the forthcoming feud along with fellow top-order batsman Rassie van der Dussen at Wanderers. In the middle-order, David Miller can be a nightmare for Morgan’s men in case he sets a majestic tally on board.
Bowling wise, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the highest wicket-taker in the 1st ODI, and while he will be expected to lead the bowling attack for Protea, one could also anticipate the likes of Lutho Sipaml and JJ Smuts to come up with impressive numbers with their pace potency. Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo hold decent ODI experience underneath and will look to capitalize on the cloudy conditions at the Wanderers.
JJ Smuts, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, B Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen
Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow need to deliver a terrific start for England to be in a competitive space. Both of them are exceptional hitters who once set could get a belter of runs in a matter of few deliveries. Along with Joe Root at the top-order, the tourists would fancy their chances of posting in excess of 270, as it a must-win game for them and the top-order trio are by far, one of the finest cricketers in the white-ball format at present.
Skipper Eoin Morgan needs to come up with a winning knock else it would be a lost cause for the tourists. In the middle order, Joe Denly was a treat to watch in the last ODI as he cleared the fences without breaking a sweat. With Denly and Morgan, one could expect decent partnerships at the crucial stages which could put them in a winning spot at Kingsmead. Chris Woakes played brilliantly in the 1st ODI wherein he scored 40 off 42 deliveries in the first innings and grabbed figures of 1/36 in the second innings.
All-rounders Sam Curran and Tom Curran and couldn’t do much in the 1st ODI and would be itching to come back stronger in the must-win duel. Pacers Matthew Parkinson and Chris Jordan will be the players to watch out for in the English bowling attack as they will look to get the swing and seam early on in the game.
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Saqib Mahmood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, Tom Banton, Joe Denly
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||2||0 mm.||2 k/h||From: SSE||90%|
|03h||2||0 mm.||2.44 k/h||From: SSE||66%|
|06h||2||0 mm.||2.53 k/h||From: S||33%|
|09h||6||0 mm.||4.61 k/h||From: SSW||96%|
|12h||10||0 mm.||7.08 k/h||From: SSW||95%|
|15h||10||0 mm.||5.96 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|18h||10||0 mm.||5.84 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|21h||11||0.13 mm.||9.61 k/h||From: SW||100%|
Rains are being predicted during the second half of the game which could put the scoreline to a halt at the Wanderers. Overcast conditions will be prevalent throughout. In case the play resumes, one can expect the DLS method coming into play, with revised targets for the team batting second.
The wicket at the Wanderers has usually been a high scoring venue. It is a batters paradise with scores above 300 being chased without much duress.
The toss winning team should look to bowl first as the Wanderers have seen a majority of the ODI matches being by the team batting second. Defending a total at this venue can be a tricky task as scores as high as 438 have been found to be chased here.
There is a strong hunch that England will bounce back in the game at Johannesburg. The tourists look formidable on paper, with some of their players enjoying a purple patch in their white-ball careers.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the 2019 World Cup champions managed to post a competitive total amidst the high-scoring venue of the Wanderers stadium.
We are backing England to win!
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