Date: November 06, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
England and South Africa will lock horns in Match 39 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in Super 12 match of Group 1. South Africa claimed a comprehensive 6-wicket win over Bangladesh while England defeated Sri Lanka by 26 runs, courtesy of in-form Jos Buttler’s maiden T20I hundred. South Africa will be led by Temba Bavuma while experienced campaigner Eoin Morgan will lead England.
This will be the eighth Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup 2021 to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The pitch will favour the batters slightly as the ground has short boundaries. However, as it was seen during the IPL, the batters can also struggle on this surface. Spinners and pacers both are expected to get some assistance from the pitch. Scoring runs won’t be that easy on a sluggish pitch.
A stupendous team effort from England helped the side beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in a thrilling match. Wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler was the star of the show as he smashed his maiden T20I hundred. Skipper Eoin Morgan also proved his critics wrong as he played a mature innings of 40 to guide his team to a formidable total of 163-4.
England’s batting lineup looks solid with the presence of destructive batters like Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid have also bowled superbly so far in the tournament.
The Proteas are also in decent form at the moment as they have won their last 3 games against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Their squad has gone through a rebuilding phase recently and their team balance looks well-settled at the moment.
The bowling attack of Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi has been absolutely sensational and they have not allowed any breathing space to the opposition batsmen. Their hopes for this match will rest on Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, world No. 1 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and David Miller, all of whom have plenty of experience of playing at the top level.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
England’s semifinal spot is virtually assured due to their net run-rate of +3.183. Meanwhile, the fight for the second spot in Group 1 is between Australia and South Africa. The Proteas are currently third with an inferior NRR below Australia. This match is a must-win for SA in their bid to qualify for the semis. However, England will be the favourites to emerge victorious considering the form and squad depth of the two teams. But the big battle in this match will be between the destructive England batsmen and in-form bowling attack of South Africa. If the Proteas batters can also support their bowlers, then they could pose some serious problems for England.
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