A big day for the Group 1 teams of the ICC T20 WC 2021 as the teams are all set to play their last game of the Super 12 stages. Interestingly, the group is wide open with all possibilities in contention.
The first match of the doubleheader is set to take place between Australia and West Indies, the match will be a dead rubber for the Windies, as they find themselves out of the contention for the playoffs. While for the Aussies a win by a decent margin is likely to keep them in the second spot.
Our focus for today is on the matchup between England and South Africa, which is expected to be a thriller of a contest as the proteas are expected to come out all guns blazing in order to surpass the net rate of the Aussies. England have a healthy net rate of +3.183 and even a loss will not affect the in-form Englishmen.
Both the Aussies and South Africa are serious contenders for the playoffs spot. Who do you think can win the race? Can the Aussies crush the struggling Windies? Or will the proteas play out their skins to hand over Eoin Morgan and Co. their first defeat of this edition?
Match Toss Time:17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time:18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Head to Head
Matches played: 20, England: 11, South Africa: 9
Weather conditions and pitch
Both England and South Africa have been going well so far. With consecutive wins in their last games, both sides are expected to feature the same Xl.
Probable Playing Xl
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
English opener Jos Buttler scored a magnificent century in the match against Sri Lanka, which was his maiden ton and the first ton to be scored in this edition of the T20 WC by any player. We are backing Buttler and Reeza Hendricks to score big in this encounter.
South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and English all-rounder Moeen Ali are our other two must-picks for this high-octane contest.
ENG vs SA fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain picks
England are definitely the team to beat in this tournament as they are only one of the two teams who are yet to taste defeat. England are pretty much through to the play-offs but they are expected to give their best in order to finish as the table-toppers.
The proteas have been excellent in the last matches and their only defeat was against the in-form Aussies. We expect the match to be a low-scoring thriller and given that the South African have a deep batting line-up, we back the proteas to overhaul the English side.
Cricwizz predicts South Africa to win against England.
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