South Africa vs England, 1st T20 Match Prediction2020-02-13
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
England aims to draw the first blood in the 3-match T20Is!
We are backing England to win!
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With the ODI series being drawn by a margin of 1-1, hosts South Africa would look to render a competent show at Buffalo Park and gain a lead in the 3-match T20Is. Led by Quinton de Kock, the Protea, in spite of lacking the firepower in the batting department, managed to give a tough fight to the Englishmen and would be banking on the likes of Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Dale Steyn to outwit the tourists.
England, on the other hand, would be delighted on the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, and pacer Mark Wood and will be hoping to go full throttle in the coming duel.
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The opening duo of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks would carry the onus of getting the chunk of runs for South Africa in the coming T20I. Quinton was the leading run-getter for the hosts in the concluded one-dayers and as a result, the southpaw was awarded the Man of the Series award. Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen were in a terrific form in the Mzansi Super League T20s and alongside T20 specialist David Miller would be anticipated to go bonkers on the English bowlers.
Pacer Dale Steyn, who has returned the T20I squad after a period of ten months would hold the key for Protea in the powerplay overs. A specialist outswinger, Steyn can be a menace in his early spell and along with left-arm pacer, Beuran Hendricks will look to maximize the wicket-taking ability in the earlier stages of the contest. All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo has turned to be a partnership breaker off late and will be entrusted with the task of affecting the breakthroughs at crucial moments.
Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi enjoys bowling in the T20Is and can be expected to scalp a wicket or two at Buffalo Park. The left-arm unorthodox looked in a good nick in the concluded 3-match ODIs and had an unforgettable run in the Mzansi Super League T20s.
Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, DW Steyn, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts, B Hendricks, Temba Bavuma
|Q de Kock||69||81||5||2||85.19|
The opening duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow would be expected to set a winning platform for England in the much-coveted encounter. With southpaw Dawid Malan at the top-order, one can expect the trio to score the bulk of runs for the tourists in the first T20I at Buffalo Park. In the middle-order, skipper Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler will be expected to go berserk in case the top-order collapses. All-rounder Ben Stokes’ inclusion into the squad gives the English unit adds a considerable amount of strength to the batting and bowling unit.
Bowling wise, the duo of Chris Jordan and Mark Wood would be expected to affect the early dismissals for England. Jordan, in particular, can be far more lethal considering he holds decent T20 experience underneath and was one of the leading wicket-takers whilst playing for Perth Scorchers in BBL 2019-20. Spinner Adil Rashid grabbed decent figures in the recently concluded ODIs and can be a game-changer for Englishmen with his leg-breaks and googlies in the middle-overs. Tom Curran is another top prospect who could pose a threat with his cutters and yorkers.
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Ben Stokes
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0.19 mm.||6.45 k/h||From: NE||43%|
|03h||21||0.56 mm.||6.34 k/h||From: NE||53%|
|06h||21||0.69 mm.||7.52 k/h||From: NE||75%|
|09h||25||0 mm.||9.99 k/h||From: ENE||29%|
|12h||25||0 mm.||12.06 k/h||From: ENE||14%|
|15h||25||0 mm.||11.08 k/h||From: ENE||3%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||9.87 k/h||From: NE||2%|
|21h||23||0 mm.||8.97 k/h||From: NE||6%|
Clear skies are being predicted with the temperature gliding between 21-24 degrees Celsius. Bowlers might have to try out some variations to get the required dismissals. Batsmen would look to dominate considering there won’t be much swing and seam to witness.
The pitch at Buffalo Park offers decent help to the batsmen throughout, with 155 being the average 1st innings total being 155. Excellent cricketing conditions can be anticipated in general at this venue.
The toss winning team is likely to consider bowling first on this occasion. Two out of three T20Is played here have been won by the team batting second. With the dew factor coming into play, one can expect high scores totals being chased at Buffalo Park.
Although one can expect a cracker of a contest with nerve-wracking exhibitions from both the units, the result is likely to wind up in England’s favor.
The English side looks far superior on paper and has got just the perfect balance in the batting and bowling units which can get them the much-coveted win at Buffalo Park.
We are backing England to win!
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