South Africa v England 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
Jonny Bairstow - South Africa v England

England will be looking to seal a T20 series win on South African soil on Sunday when they look for back-to-back wins. Can England seal the series, or will the Proteas level it up at 1-1?

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South Africa v England 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips: England Top Runs Scorer

England batsman Jonny Bairstow sent a message to everyone watching that he is nowhere near finished as an international T20 cricket. The Yorkshireman came to the crease with England struggling at 27-2 after 4.1 overs, he then proceeded to take control and smashed an unbeaten 86 from 48 balls to steer the tourists to a five-wicket success. Bairstow was in fine form, hitting four sixes and nine fours, and he was well backed up by Ben Stokes who made 37 from 27. Bairstow deserves all the plaudits for getting England out of a whole, and his confidence will be through the roof. I am backing the 31-year-old to move up the order and unleash his venom on the Proteas attack and once again top score for England.

South Africa v England 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips: England Top Wicket Taker

Sam Curran was the pick of the England bowlers in the first T20 with a haul of three wickets for just 28 wins as he took the scalps of Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Heinrich Klaasen. I have been very critical of Sam Curran in the past as a Test player, but in the shorter format of the game he looks special. It was a good day for Sam, but unfortunately his older brother Tom had a torrid day as he was smashed for 55 runs off four overs – including 24 off hi second over. It will be interesting to see how the 25-year-old responds to that destruction, I am backing him to show what he is made of by hitting back in the best possible way by taking the most wickets for the tourists.

South Africa v England 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips: South Africa Top Runs Scorer

I think it’s safe to say that if Quinton de Kock doesn’t top score for South Africa in a T20 international match, then it will be Faf du Plessis. Both players are a joy to watch at this level of the game, and they continue to get better because they are playing so much T20 cricket at the moment. Du Plessis was superb in defeat on Friday, he smashed 58 from 40 deliveries on his way to 58. He even smashed 24 runs off one over off the bowling of Tom Curran with two sixes, two fours and two separate run doubles, before falling to Tom’s brother Sam as he top-edged a short ball to Chris Jordan in the deep. I am backing Du Plessis to get his eye in quickly and once again score the most runs for the hosts.