South Africa vs England 2nd T20I Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 14/2/2020
South Africa have an early lead in the three-match series after a tight one-run win in the first match at Buffalo Park East London. England really shouldn’t have lost that match, especially after Jason Roy’s blitz at the top of the order. The crumbled under the pressure put on by Lungi Ngidi and company, though.
The venue for the second T20I is the same one used during the recent ODI series between the same teams. This time, however, we shouldn’t have a washout as the weather forecast is set fair. We’ve got the team news and some of the more attractive betting tips for you, as both teams continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
South Africa vs England 2nd T20I – Match Preview
Where: Kingsmead, Durban
When: Friday, 14 February 2020
Start Time: 21:30 (IST), 16:00 (GMT)
South Africa vs England 2nd T20I – Latest Odds
Unibet have South Africa and England priced at 2.30 and 1.60, respectively, to win the second T20I. Unibet’s boundary markets are intriguing, as you can back South Africa to hit the most fours at 2.45 or England to strike the most sixes at 1.75.
If you already fancy an early bet on who will win the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, then now is a good time to indulge the form of England and South Africa. England, who won the tournament in 2010, can be bet on at 5.00. South Africa, who have never won the T20 World Cup, are at substantially longer odds of 17.00 to take the title.
South Africa vs England 2nd T20I – Team News
South Africa won’t want to tinker with the XI that pulled them from the jaws of defeat in East London. Pite van Biljon is in the squad. But if the recent ODI series is anything to go by, with Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne named in the squad but never the XI, van Biljon won’t debut.
Sisanda Magala has been retained in the limited-overs squads despite failing a series of fitness tests. The Proteas see something valuable in the seamer – and want him to play at some stage. He will undergo another fitness Test prior to Friday’s fixture.
England, too, probably won’t want to change an XI that almost snatched victory at Buffalo Park. Eoin Morgan spoke of learning from the lessons of defeat, so will likely want the same personnel to implement those teachings.
That said, giving Dawid Malan a match ahead of Joe Denly wouldn’t be untoward. There is also space to Jos Buttler or Jonny Bairstow, not necessarily both. Whoever stays can play wicketkeeper, allowing for the addition of an extra specilialist batsman in Malan or even another bowler.
The use of spinner Moeen Ali with the new ball worked well in East London, but then seamer Mark Wood struggled as the first-change bowler. Perhaps their roles can be reversed at Kingsmead, especially if England bowl second under lights.
South Africa vs England 2nd T20I – Betting Tips and Prediction
This venue is the scene of Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off one Stuart Broad over during the World Twenty20 in 2007. England have played two T20Is at Kingsmead, against India and New Zealand, but lost them both. South Africa have won their last three T20Is at this ground.
Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to get it right again
With Janneman Malan not selected for this series and Jon-Jon Smuts not opening the batting for now, the combination of de Kock and Bavuma at the top of the order worked well at Buffalo Park. They put on 48 for the first wicket to set a good foundation for the hosts. South Africa are priced at 2.10 to England’s 1.73 by Unibet to have the highest opening partnership.
While you are at it, de Kock and Bavuma are also particularly good bets for South Africa’s top batsman in the second T20I. The left-handed de Kock has been priced at 3.00 and Bavuma at 5.00 to be the hosts’ top batsman in Durban.
England’s batsmen in focus, especially Morgan
England’s batting was snappy until it wasn’t at Buffalo Park. The hard work put in by Roy and Eoin Morgan ultimately went to waste. Both will still be key for the tourists at Kingsmead, where Morgan’s role in the middle order will be vital if Roy and company can’t fire before him. The visiting captain is priced at 5.00 by Unibet to score a half-century again.
Bowling-wise, backing Adil Rashid to take two wickets or more at 2.30 is a good pick. If he is afforded his full allotment of four overs, which he really should be, Rashid could be key during the middle overs on a wicket-taking and economy-rate front.
Best Bet: Eoin Morgan to score a half-century at 5.00 with Unibet