South Africa and England are set to battle in a 3-match series at Newlands on Friday. The sides met earlier this year too when the defending World champions won against the Proteas in that series.
South Africa has treated defeat in four of their last six T20 matches. The Proteas have had some problems in their board and they require a solid performance to get their mind off the issues.
England had several players who featured in the Indian Premier League and performed really well. South Africa too, had the likes of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock featuring in almost every game for their respective teams played.
However, the South Africans suffered another series loss to Australia just after the England series.
England though has been in the form of their life deafening both South Africa and Australia in succession. Against Australia, all the games were held at Southampton and England won the opening two, finally losing a no-pressure third game.
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (21:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (21:30 IST)
Match Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
The temperature is expected to be around 23 degrees Celsius and rains are not directed.
The pitch can play both ways. Any total around 200 would be considered good while bowlers will have the extra bounce they need to trouble the batsmen.
Africa has no casualties at the moment and the skipper Quinton de Kock is ejected to continue his successful partnership with Temba Bavuma.
Apart from them, Janneman Malan, Junior Dale, Bjorn Fortuin, and possible debutant, George Linde too. For England, Roy is back after an injury and he will have Tom Barton alongside, who did not get many chances to prove himself in the IPL.
The no.1 T20 batsman in the world Dawid Malan would be looking forward to the series too as he was not a part of the IPL and he would want to show his skills.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow/Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood/Reece Totley.
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (C&WK), Rassie Van Der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Pheklukawayo, Reeza Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
SA vs Eng Fantasy Team
Jos Buttler (WK), Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Jofra Archer.
Captain Picks: Ben Stokes (Eng), Faf du Plessis (SA)
Vice-Captain Picks: Quinton de Kock (SA), Dawid Malan (Eng)
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