South Africa vs England 3rd T20I – 16/2/2020

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February 16, 2020
SuperSport Park, Centurion
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South Africa vs England 3rd T20I Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 16/2/2020

A one-run victory for South Africa in the first T20I at Buffalo Park in East London followed by two-run triumph for England in the second at Kingsmead in Durban leaves this third match as the series decider.

We’ve got the latest T20 odds, best betting tips and team news for you, as this three-match series heads down to the wire. If you are looking for free cricket betting tips and the latest news on this series and more, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Both teams will continue their preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Those looking for early insight into T20 World Cup betting can certainly glean a lot from England and South Africa’s performances here.

South Africa vs England 3rd T20I – Match Preview

Where: SuperSport Park, Centurion

When: Sunday, 16 February 2020

Start Time: 6:00 (IST), 12:30 (GMT)

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South Africa vs England 3rd T20I – Latest Odds

South Africa and England are offered at 2.50 and 1.53, respectively, to win the third and final T20I at SuperSport Park. They’ve also got some attractive individual markets alongside the overall match markets.

South Africa vs England 3rd T20I – Team News

South Africa opted for spinner Bjorn Fortuin ahead of fast bowler Dale Steyn at Kingsmead, but will likely return seam to the attack in Centurion. But they might want to rest Lungi Ngidi, too, leaving room for the retention of Fortuin and return of Steyn.

The two uncapped players in the squad – Sisanda Magala and Pite van Biljon – still haven’t been given game time. Opportunity knocks for at least one of them in Centurion, particularly van Biljon if the Proteas decide to go with an additional specialist batsman at the expense of an all-rounder.

Positions-wise, Temba Bavuma at the top of the order is working well, while David Miller was deployed at first-drop in the second T20I. They might as well keep him there – he is one of South Africa’s most experienced T20I cricketers and needs as much time at the crease as possible.

England opted for an unchanged XI in Durban and might do the same again, though there will again be temptation to play Dawid Malan instead of Joe Denly. The latter isn’t bringing much to the table when the likes of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy are delivering on cue.

Chris Jordan is proving vital to the balance of this XI, with his prowess with the ball yielding good results at the start of the innings, in the middle and toward the death. He’s proving the quintessential T20I bowler, adept at bowling well whenever required in the innings.

The additional pace of Mark Wood really helped England at Kingsmead. He generated extra pace from a pitch that is traditionally slower than some of the others in South Africa. Wood, with Ali and Adil Rashid taking the pace off the ball, are great assets for England.

South Africa vs England 3rd T20I – Betting Tips and Prediction

England and South Africa have contested just one T20I at SuperSport Park in Centurion. That was in 2009, when the hosts won by 84 runs. More than a decade later, the result probably won’t be as one-sided as it was 11 years ago.

De Kock to oblige the Proteas again

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock was entirely entertaining en route to a half-century from a mere 17 deliveries at Kingsmead. It was raining six in Durban when he was at the crease. He will soon be priced at attractive odds to be South Africa’s top batsman in Centurion – and rightly so. He really has taken to the captaincy well. It is empowering, not limiting, his primary role with the bat.

Bowling-wise, Fortuin’s role could be vital for the Proteas. Whether he will be used with the new ball again remains in the balance. England’s openers probably weren’t caught off guard enough to warrant him bowling the first over again. Roy and Buttler are street-smart cricketers and, as much as they prepare for the new ball coming onto the bat, they are also ready for pace off the ball.

Ali all over for England

Moeen showed his worth with the bat and ball in Durban, where his brisk cameo late in England’s innings and he later snared a couple of key wickets with his tidy spin. Ali is among England’s genuine match-winners and this status shows in how he is favoured in the cricket odds. With bet365, you can bet on Ali being the top bowler at 6.00 (win only) or top batsman at 11.00 (win only) for England.

Tom Curran was momentarily off colour in the second T20I, failing to rekindle the fine form he showed for the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League. He played all three ODIs against South Africa, but failed to take a wicket. All this said, his slower deliveries from the back of the hand and pinpoint yorkers will always have him as a threat. He is priced at 4.33 to be England’s top bowler on Sunday.

Best Bet: Moeen Ali to be Player of the Match at 17.00 with bet365

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