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T20 World Cup 2021: Match 39, England vs South Africa Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

Tymal Mills has been ruled out due to a thigh strain and Reece Topley has been picked as his replacement.

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Preview

England and South Africa are set to cross swords in Match No.39 of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 on Saturday, November 6 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The Brits, led by Eoin Morgan, are all, but through to the semis, having won all four of their matches with a net run rate of 3.183.

However, they have been jolted with a blow after Tymal Mills was ruled out with thigh strain. Reece Topley has been roped in as his replacement. The Proteas, on the other, have to win their next game to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-final. They also need to get their nrr above Australia’s.

Match Details

Match – England vs South Africa – Match 39

Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.

Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network

Pitch Report

The pitch in Sharjah has been a sporting one thus far in the T20 tournament. The batters have got runs, but the bowlers, especially the spinners, have extracted a lot from the surface. Batting second should be the preferred option for the teams.

Average first innings score: 145 (9 T20Is in Sharjah in T20 World Cup 2021)

Record of Chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 4, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs

England

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey/Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

Bench: David Willey/Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Reece Topley

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Bench: Heinrich Klaasen, Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi

Head-to-head

Overall

Matches- 21, England – 11, South Africa– 9, N/R- 1

In T20 World Cups

Matches- 5, England – 2, South Africa– 3, N/R- 0

Probable best batter of the match

Jos Buttler (England)

Jos Buttler is in the form of his life of late. The right-hander has smashed 214 runs from four matches. The average of 214 means that he has got out only once in the tournament thus far. In the previous game against Sri Lanka, Buttler bailed his team out and scored a masterful ton. Moreover, he has scored those runs at an incredible strike rate of 153.95.

Probable best bowler of the match

Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

Anrich Nortje has bowled with a lot of venom in the T20 World Cup. In four matches, the speedster has picked up eight wickets and is also the leading wicket-taker for the Proteas in the mega event. Moreover, the fact that he has bowled at an economy rate of 4.56 shows that batters have found it tough to get him away. The England batters need to play him with caution.

Today’s match prediction: England to win the match.

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