England easily won the first T20 international, while South Africa surprised with its team selections and fielding. As a bettor, you must assume that the team will play its best eleven in every game, but South Africa rested at least three first-choice players. Check the starting eleven for the next match before placing your bets, at least for the match-winner market.
The 2nd T20I between England vs South Africa will take place on July 28th, 2022 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs South Africa, 2nd T20I, South Africa Tour of England 2022
Date: July 28, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
England vs South Africa Team Previews
England smashed 234 in the previous match, a score that was unlikely to be matched. They reached that total thanks to some brilliant batting from Bairstow and Ali lower down the order, but also because every England batter batted at a high strike rate.
England broke the boundary 20 times, and while that number will undoubtedly decrease, looking at the Total Sixes England betting market is also a good idea moving forward in the series. We personally prefer the Total Sixes statistic in the Match market because it fluctuates less.
It’s worth noting that England started Sam Curran at 7. That means the batting is a little thinner than usual, but it does have one more bowling option. Early wickets could put England’s all-out aggressive approach to the test.
The bowling attack is diverse and will continue to pose problems for South Africa. Adil Rashid makes a significant difference in the middle, and Moeen Ali is an excellent match-up specific option. Jordan is hitting hard lengths, while Topley is taking wickets with the new ball.
The lack of genuine pace is perhaps the most serious concern for England.
Jos Buttler(c & wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Philip Salt, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, David Willey, Richard Gleeson, Harry Brook
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Dawid mlan, Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson, Reece Topley
South Africa clearly wanted to put some of its bench strength to the test ahead of the T20 World Cup, as it did not field its strongest eleven. Rassie van der Dussen, Aidram Markram, and Anrich Nortje are all players who would normally be in the starting eleven. Dwaine Pretorius is also a far superior choice to Andile Phehlukwayo.
Now, whether these changes were caused by quotas or a deliberate strategy to develop more players in the future is irrelevant. As a bettor, you can no longer bet on South Africa before the match. You must await their final team announcement at the coin toss.
If we consider the previous match and assume the same team will play, South Africa’s bowling appeared to be a little thin. It lacked bowling options, and its left-arm spinners were targeted by England’s left-handers. Furthermore, the absence of Anrich Nortje removed the genuine pace option that is so important in T20 cricket.
Ngidi took five wickets with the slower ball, but Rabada looked far from his best.
The batting is still strong, and Tristan Stubbs continues to impress with his power hitting. South Africa finished with 193 runs despite hitting nine sixes (eight of which came from Stubbs’ bat). If they had held their catches, South Africa could have won the game.
South Africa has two options in the future. Make a slew of changes, bringing back the players who sat out, which would cause even more confusion in the team. The other option is to stick with the current team, which will put them at a disadvantage against England.
South Africa Squad
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller (c), Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Tristan Stubbs
Predicted XI: David Miller (C), Reeza Hendericks, Henrich Klassen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen
England vs South Africa Toss Prediction
The team that wins the coin toss will most likely want to field first. With the new ball, Cardiff usually lends a hand to the bowlers, making setting a target difficult.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather forecast for match day is favorable. There is no rain in the forecast, so we can expect a slightly cloudy but mostly dry day. T20 matches at Sophia Gardens are a little lower scoring than in other parts of the UK due to the pitch. The pitch is bouncy, and the square boundaries are larger than the straight ones. To protect their straight boundaries, teams will look to bang the ball in while also slowing down.
We believe that a score of around 170 will be quite competitive here.
England vs South Africa Match Prediction
We’re betting on England to win. This is largely because we have lost faith in South Africa’s selection policies, which are clearly preventing the team from performing at its best. The match-winner bet will be a small portion of our betting budget because we believe the teams are more evenly matched than the odds suggest.
England is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.55.
- The weather in Cardiff may favor England’s bowling lineup.
- South Africa’s team selections were perplexing in the previous match, and it has now cornered itself.
- Although both teams have a strong batting lineup, we believe England’s bowling attack is better suited to the conditions.