South Africa vs England, 2020, 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips - Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

South Africa vs England, 2020, 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Quinton de Kock is in great form with the bat for the Proteas.

Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 2nd T20I of the three-match Twenty20 International series between South Africa and England will be played at Kingsmead in Durban.

The match starts at 06:00 PM local time (04:00 PM GMT) (09:30 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

What is it about T20I cricket and teams bottling run-chases when it seems like they have it in their bag? It happened with New Zealand in the recently-concluded T20I series against India, it happened with England in the first T20I against South Africa in East London.

Chasing 178, England, even though they lost Jos Buttler [15] cheaply, got off to a flier with Jason Roy [70 off 38 balls] swatting the Proteas bowling attack with disdain. England notched up 91 runs in the first nine overs and with the likes of Morgan, Ali and Stokes to follow, the chase looked like a walk in the park. The visitors suffered a mid-inning wobble as Roy, Denly [3] and Ben Stokes [4] fell in quick succession.

England still had Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali to steer them past the finishing line and when the English captain smoked Beuran Hendricks for two fours and a six in the penultimate over, it looked like the game was heading in one direction only. But Morgan’s dismissal on the last ball of the 19th over ensured that South Africa had a glimmer of hope.

And, Lungi Ngidi’s sensational last over where he claimed the wickets of Moeen Ali and Tom Curran ensured that glimmer was converted into a jailbreak as the Proteas pulled off an epic one-run heist at the expense of England.

Weather Condition/Report

It is expected to be a bright and sunny day in Durban on Friday. According to the weather report, Kingsmead is set to be bathed in sunshine throughout the day. While the temperature is set to hover between 25-29 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to be around 72%.


Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch at Kingsmead has usually provided a fair balance between the bat and ball. While the bowlers get a good bounce from the surface and the list of top wicket-takers is dominated by fast bowlers. That said, the conditions offer value for the shots. This is the same ground where Yuvraj Singh smoked Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in 2007. With the breeze coming in at the night, chasing can be a tricky proposition in Durban and both sides will be looking to bat first and defend later.

Average first innings score: 148 [In the 14 T20Is played at the venue]

Record of chasing teams: Won – 6 Lost – 6; Tie/NR – 2

Injury and Availability News

(Will be shared when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs

South Africa:

Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks

Bench – Sisanda Magala, Petrus van Biljon, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks

England

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Denly/Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Bench: Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Denly/Dawid Malan, Sam Curran


Top Picks:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock [31 off 15 balls] and Temba Bavuma [43 off 27 balls] gave a whirlwind start to the Proteas in the last game but the duo will hope that their middle-order- Rassie van der Dussen [31], David Miller [16] and JJ Smuts [20]- convert their starts into a big innings and cash-in on the starts given by the opening pair.

Dale Steyn [1-33] made a good comeback to International cricket after a gap of one year. The right-hander claimed a crucial wicket of Jos Buttler. Tabraiz Shamsi [0-25] was brilliant in the middle-overs while Lungi Ngidi [3-30] bowled a brilliant last over to pull off a memorable win for his country.

England: England pushed Jos Buttler at the top of the order and the effects of it were visible when they had no one to finish off the game at the death. It will be interesting to see if they will persist with Buttler at the top or do they move him down to perform the role of a finisher. Jason Roy scored a whirlwind 70 while skipper Eoin Morgan chipped in with a valuable half-century.

Adil Rashid [1-23] may have taken just one wicket in the last game but he was instrumental in putting the breaks on the run-scoring in the middle-overs. Chris Jordan displayed why he is one of the best death bowlers going around during his spell of 2-28. These two will once again be the spearheads of the English bowling attack.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Quinton de Kock, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow

Vice-Captain – Temba Bavuma, Eoin Morgan, Rassie van der Dussen

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock (C)

Batsmen – Temba Bavuma, Jason Roy (VC), Eoin Morgan, Rassie van der Dussen

All-Rounders- Moeen Ali, Andile Phehlukwayo

Bowlers-  Chris Jordan, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Jonny Bairstow (C), Quinton de Kock

Batsmen – Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (VC), Jason Roy

All-Rounders- JJ Smuts, Ben Stokes

Bowlers- Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn


Expert Advice

Durban usually offers pristine conditions for fast bowlers and that is evident from the top-wicket-takers list in the venue’s history. Hence, opting for the likes of Chris Jordan, Lungi Ngidi or even Dale Steyn can be a good punt.

If you want to pick batsman as captain/vice-captain, you don’t have to look farther than Quinton de Kock, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler or even Temba Bavuma, who is in whirlwind form.

Probable Winners:

England are expected to win the match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.