South Africa vs England 2nd ODI Match Prediction
England need to hit back in the second match of this three-game series if they want to avoid losing their first ODI series since being crowned world champions. The second game of the series takes place in Durban, at Kingsmead, on February 7 and the live action starts at 13:00 local time.
Joe Denly scored 87 from 103 balls last time out to revive England last time out, after they had fallen to 131/6, but their score of 258/8 was still well below par. Quinton de Kock (107) and Temba Bavuma (98) put on 173 for the second South African wicket in reply and a Proteas win was never in doubt as a result.
Tom Banton, Matt Parkinson, JJ Smuts and Lutho Sipamla all made their ODI debuts in that match and there are other uncapped players on both sides who could feature in these next two matches too, as both teams rebuild after contrasting fortunes at the World Cup.
South Africa finally won a toss against England last time out and elected to field first and they may opt for the same with dew a factor in this second ODI.
Traditionally prone to thunderstorms, there is plenty of rain on the forecast for Durban for this second match of the series. With humidity high too, this could be a total washout.
Kingsmead has returned to being a faster wicket this year – it slowed down last season – and the batsman should thrive if they somehow get lucky with the rain.
It was finally a moment for the South Africans to rejoice after the poor run of form in the Test series. Skipper Quinton de Kock who took over the leadership role would be very happy with the way his side clinically won the 1st ODI to take a 1-0 lead over the strong English side. The skipper played a match-winning knock to take his side over the victory line. Having already smelled blood de Kock would want to go for the kill in the next game. A series win will definitely add to the confidence in the camp after all that they have been through over the last year.
Quinton de Kock looked in sublime form in the last game and he will look to build a solid opening wicket stand with Reeza Hendricks. Temba Bavuma played well and was unlucky to have missed out on a well-deserved hundred. Rassie van der Dussen also played well and along with JJ Smuts will look to steer the innings. In David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo, they have good finishers down the order. Lungi Ngidi will need to check his line in the next game and along with Beuran Hendricks look to deliver early blows to the strong English top order. Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers in the last game and along with Smuts will look to keep the opponents quite. Lutho Sipamla will have to play the supporting role well in the game.
Eoin Morgan would have been terribly upset with his batmen as they wasted a good opportunity in the last game. On a good batting surface, they threw away their wickets playing useless shots. Their bowlers also failed to bowl in the right areas and get breakthroughs early in the game. It isn’t too often that the English side has been under pressure in this format of the game over the last two years. Morgan would want his side to play to their potential in the next game and level the series. They were complacent in the first outing and can’t afford to do so again.
Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got out playing poor shots in the last game and they will need to lay a good platform for the side. Morgan and Joe Root form a very strong middle order for the side and they will be looking to score runs after missing out in the last game. Joe Denly looks in good form. The side packs a good lower order with Tom Banton, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes bringing good hitting abilities to the table. Woakes and Sam Curran will need to pick early wickets in the next game. They bowled well in the last one. Adil Rashid is likely to play in the next game and he will add an interesting angle to the attack. The side will also need a good show with the ball from Chris Jordan and Tom Curran going into this game.
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The result of the 1st ODI came as a surprise to many. Betting sites in India had pinned the English side as the overwhelming favorites to win this game but it was a team effort from the South Africans that saw them winning the game comprehensively. The English side would be looking to make a strong comeback in the next game at Durban. Their powerful top order had failed in the last game and will be looking to hit back hard in the next one. With the hosts already having taken a lead they will be looking to bag the series in two straight games. The game definitely is building up to be a nail biter.
England has a very powerful batting line-up that bats deep and this will make them favorites in the next game.