South Africa and England played out a 1-1 draw in their ODI series after rain washed out the second match. Now, the two do battle in three T20's, to wrap up England's tour.
South Africa vs England 2nd T20 Tips
Friday, February 14 – 16:00 GMT – Kingsmead, South Africa
South Africa edged to an enthralling one run win over England in the first T20 between the two sides in East London on Wednesday to ensure the visitors would have to do it the hard way if are were to win the series. What seemed like a par score of 177/8 saw South Africa needing to halt England’s explosive batting lineup, and this seemed to start well as Jos Buttler (15) and Jonny Bairstow (23) went cheaply. However, Jason Roy stuck around and smashed a fine 70 from 38 before top edging a ball he should have put away to bring an end to his innings and start a real collapse. Captain Eoin Morgan (53) seemed to be leading them towards victory, but Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Tom Curran all departed for 14 between them as the home side turned the screw. Off the last ball Adil Rashid needed three to win or two to force a super over but he could only get halfway through the second run before Dale Steyn threw an accurate under-arm effort into Quinton de Kock who whipped the bails off to give South Africa a 1-0 series lead.
While the Proteas will be buoyed by this win, a loss in the opener for England only serves to continue the trend of this series. South Africa won the first Test before going onto lose the next three before they won the first ODI only to eventually draw the series. Now, England will look to bounce back immediately and get a win in the second in order to set up the chance to clinch an unbeaten run across all formats in their tour of South Africa. In this one then, we are backing England to get back to winning ways, with the side not one that takes a defeat lying down. Indeed, Morgan’s men will have taken the loss very badly and will want to ensure a T20 series loss does not occur with the World Cup not far away.
Our second bet sees us backing Eoin Morgan to notch another fifty. Morgan looked in great touch with the bat in the series opener and we would have backed him to add many more runs to his total if he had been in earlier. However, with England desperate for runs, Morgan had to go hard and fell trying to accelerate the run rate. In this one we think that, if he can come in at four and pay his own natural game and go quickly when he is ready, we think he will notch yet another half-century.
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