England vs South Africa T20 World Cup

England vs South Africa

Two of the form sides in this World Cup meet as England take on South Africa. The English amazingly still haven't officially qualified for the semi-final phase despite winning their opening four games. A win for Eoin Morgan's men will see them qualify as group winners. A heavy defeat against South Africa and an Australian win over the West Indies would bring qualification down to the net run rate.

After a loss to Australia in their first group game, South Africa have now won three in a row and have taken qualification right down to the final day. An inferior net run rate has seen the South Africans drop down to third in the group, and even with a win, it might not be enough to overtake the Australian and English sides.

In what is a finely poised group, England to go unbeaten are priced at 1.44, and the South Africans can be backed at 2.75.

 

England vs South Africa T20 World Cup

Team news for England 

After a busy period of three matches in a little over a week, England have been able to rest up ahead of this final match and what they hope the semi and final.

England have so far been superior and would have appreciated the challenge that the Sri Lankans gave them on a spinny Sharjah deck last time around.

Jos Buttler has been one of the leading batsmen at this World Cup, and it was his effort when scoring a fine 101 off just 67 balls that got England into a commanding position.

Sri Lanka, in their chase, certainly kept things interesting, but it was the bowling of spin duo Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who kept a lid on things, and their two wickets apiece saw England win by 26 runs.

Buttler has been England's top scorer in three of their four opening matches, and he is priced at 3.00 to repeat the feat.

Likely playing 11 of England
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

 

Team News for South Africa

South Africa have kept their qualification hopes alive thanks to some battling displays. The South Africans have won three in a row and know that a win here could be enough to see them through.

The South Africans showed they were a class apart from Bangladesh, who they beat convincingly in their last match, winning by 6 wickets and chasing down the Bangladesh total of 84 with over 6 overs to go.

The match was won by the South African pacemen, with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje taking three wickets each. Rabada has a liking for taking English wickets, and priced at 4.00 to be his side's leading wicket-taker, could be a good bet.

Likely playing 11 of South Africa

Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

 

Pitch and Weather Conditions

This match will be held in Sharjah.

When it comes to hosting international T20 cricket, Sharjah is a young ground and has only played host to 20 matches. Sharjah can be slow, as indicated by the first innings average score of 141. For those batting second, the average drops all the way to 125.

Teams that bat first tend to have more success, with 11 wins for these sides compared to 9 for the chasers.

On a deck that should aid the spin bowlers of both sides, we could be in for an absolute cracker.

 

Betting Predictions for England vs Sri Lanka

Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for England vs South Africa:

Match Result Prediction

England are the rightful favourites for this match, and they, along with Pakistan, have looked like the two standout teams of the whole tournament.

England would have really appreciated the test against Sri Lanka as they needed it after three easy victories. What would have pleased England would have been the nature of their victory against Sri Lanka, batting first while being able to help limit the Sri Lankan chase, which has proved a tricky thing to do in this World Cup.

South Africa certainly have the ability to cause an upset, and it should be a fantastic spectacle. It would be dangerous to dismiss South Africa, who have an array of talent at their disposal, but we will side with England to make it a perfect clean sweep.

Match Winner: England (1.44)

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Toss Prediction

Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to bat to make the most of the better batting conditions before scoring gets harder as the game goes on. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.

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Top Batsman for England

We have already indicated how destructive Joss Buttler can be at the top of the order, but a batsman who showed some signs of recovery in the victory over Sri Lanka was Eoin Morgan.

Morgan had a torrid time in the IPL, but his captaincy can never be questioned. He seemed to turn a corner against Sri Lanka, and his 40 off 36 balls was timely indeed. He could be a value play at 8.00.

Top Batsman for England: Eoin Morgan (8.00)

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