South Africa vs England
South Africa vs England

Preview

After the South Africa’s trilling win in 1st T20I against England, South Africa steps into second T20I which is considered as series winning match for South Africa. England after the loss by one run, needs to win this match to stop South Africa from claiming their series win. Ngidi who plays a crusial role in the last over of 1st T20I paved the way towards the victory for South Africa.

Possible swap

South Africa may have a change for JJ Smuts who bowled one over of spin to Jason Roy  which cost 22 runs in the first match.

In case of England Tom Curran who gave 41 runs in 3 overs could be replaced by brother Sam who would offer a left-arm angle as well as some added strength to the batting.

Probable XI

South Africa : Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

England : Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.

Player’s View

Eoin Morgan(England) : “It was a great game to play in because you get a feel for where guys are at, what skill level they can produce, and how their temperament is. So in terms of actually improving, I think it’s great for us”.

Temba Bavuma : “These type of wins, we want to be able to scrape them in the big events”.

Venue : Kingsmead, Durban.

Match starts at Friday 14 February, 2020. 18:00pm Local Time

Playing XI

South Africa  : Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.

England : Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Toss : South Africa won the toss and opt to bowl.

England’s 200

Roy and Buttler are at the crease Roy who aggressively played in 1st T20I set in strike who smashed a six in the first over from Fortuin. Ngidi in his first over uproot the Buttler’s wicket with his length ball that’s a good start from South Africa. But the dangerous man ROY is still in strike who joins hands with Jonny Bairstow. This duo added 52 runs for the second wicket down. Bairstow got bowled out for 35 from 17 that includes 2×4 3×6.

Moeen’s play

Roy lost his wicket to Shamsi and walked back to dressing room when he is 10 runs away for the half century. After Jason Roy’s wicket England struggled to make a partnership and lose wickets sequentially. All rounder Ben Strokes joins with Moeen Ali and sums up 50 runs for the next wicket where England scored 176 when Moeen Ali lose his wicket for 39 from 11 delivery. Stroke played aggressively and added 15 runs in Nigid’s last over. Thus England ended up with 204 runs in the allotted over.

De Kock’s aggressive strike

To win the match and to lead the series South Africa need to chase down the 204 target. With a surprise Bavuma to take strike against Moeen, with the captain at the non-striker’s end. Both played aggressively and scored 69 runs at the end of the power play. Bavuma retains his wicket through DRS when umpire signaled him out in Adil Rashid’s over. De Kock remains unstoppable and scored aggressively until he lose his wicket to Mark Wood. South Africa are left in the cold, High and dry an incredible knock by him. He deserved to be on the winning side today he scored 65 runs in 22 balls [4s-2 6s-8]. He script his name in top of the list of fastest fifty for South Africa in T20I’s.

dekock aggressive play
dekock aggressive play

Fastest fifty for South Africa in T20Is:

17 Quinton de Kock v ENG Durban 2020*
21 AB de Villiers v ENG Johannesburg 2016
21 Quinton de Kock v ENG Mumbai 2016
23 AB de Villiers v ENG Chittagong 2014

Jordan’s back to back wickets

South Africa starts losing wicket after their captain’s knock when all rounder Ben Stokes (right-arm fast medium) comes into the attack. As expected with a low full-toss outside off, he picked Miller’s wicket and left South Africa to concern. Though South Africa remains in safe side everything got upside down when Jordan plucked back to back wickets in 16th over. With a continuous yorker Jordan uproot the Smuts(13) and Phehlukwayo who gone for duck. In 17th over when Mark Wood released 19 runs added benefits for South Africa. Here comes the last over where South Africa is in need of 15 runs, Tom Curran in attack.

Tom Curran the Saviour

When Pretorius strike a six and four in back to back ball South Africa move close towards  the victory. But everything scatters when Tom Curran uprrot the Pretorius’s wicket, where there is still hope as only three required from the last ball. But Curran took the last ball as slower ball down leg and claimed the Fortuin wicket and saved England from the series loss. Tom Curran’s unbelievable bowling strategy make England to win by 2 runs and kept alive in the series.

Tom Currans
Tom Curran’s last over spell saved England

Narrowest defeats for SA in T20Is (runs):
1 run v IND, Colombo 2012
1 run v ENG, Jo’burg 2009
2 runs v ENG, Durban 2020*
5 runs v SL, Chattogram 2014

Narrowest victories for ENG in T20I (runs):
1 run v SA, Jo’burg 2009
2 runs v NZ, Hamilton 2018
2 runs v SA, Durban 2020*

Captain’s view

Quinton de Kock | South Africa : Great cricket played by both teams. They came out and fought till the end. They bowled really well at the death. I am sure the bowlers will come out and do better next time. Rassie thrives in such situations. He handled the pressure really well and happy for him. Disappointed that we didn’t get over the line.

Eoin Morgan | England captain : We would have liked to win both but we came out on the winning side today. The level of intensity was a considerable improvement in today’s game compared to East London. South Africa had the better of the batting conditions, the ball was skidding on, and our bowlers came up trumps. Quinny played extremely well, and the bowling performance was extremely good. Moeen was the standout with the bat, it was a match-winning innings looking at the way SA played and the way things turned out in the end. Jordan is one of our more experienced bowlers. He’s very calm and delivers when it matters, so he’s one you really want in your side. It’s a tough ground to bowl on and the wicket’s really good. About Tom Curran, it takes courage to bowl a gamble ball like the one out of the back of the hand, and a good catch by Rashid. This sets it up really well for the third game on Sunday.

Player of the match

Moeen Ali(England)

Batting : 39 from 11 balls(3×4,4×6)

Was nice to go out and middle a few. Tried to put pressure back on the bowlers. We bat deep and that helps. It has been a reason why he have been successful over the years. When you are playing well, you need to keep it simple. Was glad to contribute to an England win.

Moeen Ali player of the match
Moeen Ali player of the match