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SA vs ENG, 2nd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: South Africa vs England, (SA vs ENG, 2nd ODI)

Date: January 29, 2023 – 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

South Africa made a remarkable comeback in the series opener to go 1-0 up in the series. England will be eager to level the scoreline when they take on the hosts in the second ODI at the same venue Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. This will be a day fixture on Sunday, January 29th.

South Africa claimed the first ODI by 27 runs on Friday on the back of strong bowling performance. Batting first, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma got them off to a great start, scoring 61 runs in 8.3 overs. England managed to tighten the screws but Rassie van der Dussen occupied the crease like a rock.

He added a 55-run stand with Heinrich Klaasen and then 110 runs with David Miller. Rassie van der Dussen scored an outstanding 111 off 117 while Miller struck 53 off 56 to take the total to 298/7. Sam Curran was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, snaring 3 for 35 in nine overs.

In response, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan put on a 146-run stand in just 19.3 overs. But they lost three wickets in the next three overs, opening up the match. Roy returned to form with a blistering 113 off 91 before he holed out.

Captain Jos Buttler scored 36 before Anrich Nortje dismissed him with a searing delivery and put South Africa in a good position. Required rate was never an issue but England kept losing wickets to the Protea pacers. Tabraiz Shamsi sealed the victory with the final wicket. Nortje picked 4 for 62 while Sisanda Magala bagged 3 for 46. Magala was named the player of the match for breaking the game open.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SA vs ENG, 2nd ODI, BBL 2022

Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein is a venue where batters can get a lot of value for their shots, especially in recent times. The average batting first score from 32 ODIs played at the venue reads 240. The number in the last six ODIs reads 287, including the highest team total of 399/9 by England.

Bloemfontein should witness sunny weather on Sunday. The temperature will fluctuate between 29-34°C throughout the day. 

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News

South Africa played both Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen, leaving out Janneman Malan. Temba Bavuma opened the innings alongside Quinton de Kock. In the bowling department, Sisanda Magala was picked ahead of Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi.

Probable XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

England – Expected XI and Team News

Phil Salt has been ill so England went with Jason Roy, Dawid Malan and Ben Duckett in the top order. If fit, Salt could come in for Duckett. Harry Brook made his ODI debut. Chris Woakes and Reece Topley did not play the first game, they should feature here while Jofra Archer is likely to be rested.

Probable XI – Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Olly Stone 

Head to head record of SA vs ENG

Total Encounters – 67

South Africa Won – 32

England Won – 29

Tie – 1

No Result – 5

South Africa lead the last five completed by 3-2. 

Best Captaincy Picks for the SA vs ENG match

Rassie van der Dussen: Batter, South Africa

Rassie van der Dussen was magnificent in the first game, scoring 111 in 117 balls. He has 1636 runs in the fifty-over format at an average of over 70 while striking at 90. He has recorded four hundreds and 11 fifties in 33 innings. RvD is one of the safest captaincy picks in this game.

Jason Roy: Batter, England

Jason Roy returned to form with a brutal knock of 113 in just 91 balls, which included 11 fours and four sixes. The England opener has a terrific record in ODI cricket with over 4100 runs at an average of 40 and strike rate of 106. Roy has 11 hundreds and 21 fifties. 

Anrich Nortje: Bowler, South Africa 

Anrich Nortje bowled an incredible spell in the first game, picking 4 for 62 off his full quota. He has taken 32 wickets in the  ODI format from 17 innings with three four-wicket hauls. The fast bowler is in terrific form and is a top C/VC option.

Top Differential Picks

Sisanda Magala: Bowler, South Africa

Sisanda Magala has been very impressive in the SA20 and he has carried that form into this series. He played a crucial role in South Africa’s victory with 3 for 46 off his 10 overs. Magala is picked by only around 22% of the MPL teams and offers good differential value. 

Chris Woakes: All-rounder, England

Chris Woakes, who didn’t play the first ODI is expected to feature in this game. He has 157 wickets in the format with 10 four-wicket hauls and three five-fors. Woakes also has over 1300 runs at an average of 25 with five fifties.

MPL Fantasy XI

DURHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 23: Rishabh Pant of India poses during a portrait session at the Radisson Blu Hotel on July 23, 2021 in Durham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, you can catch the action from the series between South Africa and England on the FanCode application with a paid subscription pass. Watch the second ODI from 1:30 PM on Sunday. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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