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The hosts find themselves starring at a series defeat as they face England in a must-win encounter. 

Faf Du Plessis found form with the bat as he smashed 58 while Rassie van der Dussen was impressive with his knock of 37. 

Despite the failure of the top 3, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, and Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow stood up when needed with a match-winning 86.

Team News

South Africa will be worried about the form of their opener, Temba Bavuma who was dismissed for five in the last match. He needs to step up as he holds a lot of promise. If he gives a strong start, the hosts will gain some extra runs which could prove to be the difference in the end. 

Beuran Hendricks was carted for 56 runs in one of his most dismal showings with the ball. The match was in the favor of the hosts with 51 needed from four overs but Hendricks conceded 28 runs as England took control. 

They can take in Anrich Nortje or the all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo instead of Hendricks. 

Tom Curran was very expensive for England as he conceded 55 runs in his quota of four overs. The visitors can replace him with Mark Wood or try out Reece Topley.

Pitch and Conditions 

The action shifts to Boland Park from Cape Town this time. The stadium is hosting its first international T20 match. Anything above 170 would be considered as a par score. Paarl is ideal for express fast bowlers. No chance of rain is expected and sunny skies are forecast to prevail. 

Probable Playing XI:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (C&WK), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, Rassie van Der Dussen, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Key Battles:

Faf Du Plessis vs Sam Curran

Du Plessis starred with the bat in the last game while Curran delivered with the ball taking wickets at regular intervals  England
Du Plessis starred with the bat in the last game while Curran delivered with the ball taking wickets at regular intervals. 

Du Plessis was composed in his knock of 58. He followed a dogged approach and took risks by striking big. He is a vital cog in the batting lineup and would aim to continue his good form. 

Curran was the pick of the bowlers scalping three crucial wickets including Du Plessis. The left-armer's natural angle helps him to swing the ball away from the right-handers. He does not give away many runs by maintaining a tight line and length at the start and coming back to control the run flow in the death overs. 

Jonny Bairstow vs Lungi Ngidi

Ngidi has a natural pace on his side while Bairstow is in red-hot form at the moment  England
Ngidi has a natural pace on his side while Bairstow is in red-hot form at the moment

Bairstow deservingly got the man of the match award for his whirlwind knock of 86. His attacking game and calculative assault took the visitors past the line. He has made subtle changes to his game after being placed down the order. 

Ngidi took two wickets in the last game but had too few runs to defend in the final over of the match. His short-pitched deliveries can trouble Bairstow. He adds a lot of firepower to the bowling attack with his open-chested bowling run-up. 

Prediction

England is continuing to dominate white-ball cricket with their recent performances. South Africa have their task cut out and need to be sharp in the field and have to keep things tight right from the start. 

Cricwizz predicts South Africa to win the match and level the series.