- Match: South Africa vs England, 3rd T20I, England tour of South Africa, 2019-20
- Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
- Time: 12:30 PM GMT
- Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
The 2nd T20I between South Africa and England turned out to be another classic T20 encounter that was decided in the very last ball of the game. Chasing a target of 205 runs, South Africa needed 5 off the last 3 balls but ended up losing by 2 runs. This is now two back to back games in the series that have gone right down to the wire between the two sides.
The first was won by South Africa and England has now leveled the series by winning the second one. We are thus set for an exciting decider at Centurion on Sunday which can go either way.
On a flat Durban wicket, the South African bowlers went for plenty in the 2nd T20I and that’s where they went behind in the game. Barring leg spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (1-30 in 4 overs) all of their lead bowlers – Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo – went for over 11 runs an over. They cannot afford another similar performance in the last game.
The team’s batting was again centered on captain Quinton de Kock who led the chase with the quickest T20I fifty by a South African (off 17 balls). However, apart from Rassie van der Dussen (43), the others couldn’t really do much. One expects David Miller and JJ Smuts to make a bigger impact in the decider.
England made a strong comeback like they were expected to courtesy a solid team performance. Both their batting and bowling units performed cohesively. Jason Roy (40 off 29 balls), Jonny Bairstow (35 off 17 balls), Ben Stokes (47* off 30 balls) and Moeen Ali (39 off 11 balls) all shined for England with the bat. Meanwhile, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes were the stars with the ball for the team in the match.
The only concern for England is the form of Tom Curran who has been really expensive in both the games. However, their team looks to be in good rhythm in all departments which is good news.
South Africa vs England 3rd T20I Betting Tips
SuperSport Park in Centurion – the venue for the 3rd and final T20I between South Africa and England – is another good batting surface. The average total batting first here is 168 and the highest total achieved on the venue is a mammoth 241-6 by South Africa versus England in 2009.
Expect another solid batting surface where bowlers who can’t vary their lengths will have a hard time. The total number of runs scored in the game should be around 360-370.
South Africa will have the home advantage in the match. However, they are too dependent on their captain to bail them out every time. England, meanwhile, are shaping up nicely and have enough firepower to beat any team. Expect another thrilling and close contest but back England to win the decider.