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SA vs ENG, 1st T20I: MPL Fantasy Preview, Predictions, Probable XI

Match: South Africa vs England, 1st T20I (SA vs ENG)

Date: November 27, 2020

Venue: Newlands – Cape Town, South Africa

South African cricket is facing one of their bleakest moments at their moment, as they are without a functioning cricket board, most of their players have retired or have either signed Kolpak deals. They have not had the best results on the field of late as well, but they will be hoping to bring some cheer when they take on the English team. However, they will not have the task as easy as apart from Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, most players lack experience. 

England, on the other hand, are one of the most talented and threatening teams in the world at the moment. In Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, the team has some of the biggest match-winners. The sheer quality of the visiting side in contrast with the inexperience of the home team tilts the balance in favour of England. 

Weather Update: 

The sky will be cloudy and the weather will be pleasant. However, rain is expected to stay away, so we are in for a full match. 

Pitch Report: 

The track at Newlands has plenty on offer to the batters, and we expect a high-scoring affair. A target of 190 could be par. 

Toss Prediction: 

The teams that will win the toss might opt to chase. The ground is a small one and the wicket is a belter, and the teams batting second will fancy their chances. 

SA Expected XI and Team News

South Africa have the tough task of finding the right XI from a squad that is not the most threatening. Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma and David Miller are first choice batters and are likely to get a place. 

Key players: 

Faf du Plessis: The South African was in a stellar run in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, where he ended as the highest run-scorer for Chennai Super Kings. He will be expected to carry on his form for the South African team that are struggling at the moment.

Kagiso Rabada: The fast bowler ended as the highest wicket-taker in the IPL, and will be eager to leave a mark against a mighty English team.

Predicted XI: 

Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendrics, Faf du Plessis (C), Janneman Malan, David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorious, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi

ENG Expected XI and Team News

The English team has a problem of plenty, with Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali in excellent form. 

Key Players: 

Eoin Morgan: The Englishman was in excellent form for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, where he played a number of memorable knocks and cameos batting lower down the order. He will be the key yet again. 

Sam Curran: The youngster has emerged as the X-factor of late for the teams that he turns out for. He picked up regular wickets in the IPL and was a sensation with the bat in hand.

Predicted XI: 

Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid

Head to head record of SA vs ENG: 

The two teams have met each other 18 times in the history of T20 Internationals, with very little to choose from. South Africa have registered 9 victories against their rivals, while England has 8 wins. One match ended in a No Result. 

MPL Fantasy Prediction for SA vs ENG: 

WK: Quinton de Kock has been a fine T20I cricketer for his country, scoring 206 runs this year at an average of over 34. Jos Buttler, on the other hand, averages 48.75 this year, and both are big-game players, who are unstoppable on their day. 

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis was the lone shining star for CSK in their campaign this season He is an experienced campaigner and will be looking to lead from the front in a crucial series. Dawid Malan is the number one ranked batter in the format currently, and has scored 465 runs this year at an average of nearing 49, while Jason Roy has struck at a rate of 147.28 this year, and is a dangerous opener. 

All-rounders: Ben Stokes had a good run in the IPL, and is capable of running away with the game with both bat and ball. He had smashed a hundred for Rajasthan Royals this season, and can be lethal in the middle overs with the ball in hand as well. 

Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi has been the best bowler for the South African team this season, picking up 13 scalps in 6 games. The duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are must-picks in the side. Both are coming into the series on the back of a fine IPL season with Delhi Capitals. The duo combined to pick up a total of 52 wickets, with Rabada ending the season as the highest wicket-taker, with 30 wickets. Adil Rashid has been the best bowler for England this year with 10 T20I wickets, while Jofra Archer was in lethal form in the IPL, and will be eager to carry his form forward. 

Captain and VC: Quinton de Kock and Jos Buttler

Match Prediction for SA vs ENG: 

On paper, England are a superior side, with some of the biggest T20 players in their ranks. They have players such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Eoin Morgan in their ranks, while the South African unit are struggling for momentum. England, thus are the firm favourites to not only win the game but the series as well.

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Sarah Waris
A postgraduate in English Literature, I have taken on the tough task of limiting the mystic world of cricket to a few hundred words


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