England vs South Africa 2nd T20 Preview | 2nd NatWest T20 | NatWest International T20 |
England has to play with South Africa in the 2nd NatWest International T20 of the Three match series at Old Trafford, Manchester on 10th September 2012, South Africa won the test series, the ODI series was a tie and now this could be a the decider for the T20′s if South Africa can beat England at Manchester despite the few showers that have been predicted for Monday. England’s middle order looked very weak and it is quite clear they are missing Kevin Pietersen in that middle order as they were restricted to only 118. Johan Botha had a great game in the 1st T20 and the veteran still shows he has what it takes to compete at International level and he will have the task to restrict Eoin Morgan.
England posted the highest opening partnership at Durham on Saturday where Kieswetter and Hales added 27 whilst Levi departed with the Proteas score on nine. The six over splits were all square, England 40/1 and South Africa 40/3, but bear in mind the Proteas didn’t exactly have to force the issue with the required run rate at less than a run a ball for almost the entire innings. Kieswetter top scored for England with 25 and the only six of the match came off his bat. Of a total of ten wickets to fall on Saturday, five were caught, two were bowled, two LBW and one run out. A possible selection change for England is to bring in the versatile Luke Wright who can replace Samit Patel. Michael Lumb is another possibility to strengthen the batting line-up but that seems unlikely.
Proteas are one up in their T20 International series against England as the sides next head to Manchester for the second contest in a three match series. South Africa pretty much controlled the opening match of this series at Durham on Saturday from gun to tape. After winning the toss and electing to field, the Proteas restricted England to 118/7 in 20 overs. Dale Steyn picked up the man of the match award for his bowling figures of 1/13 whilst Johan Botha chipped in with 2/19. In reply, there was a wobble as Levi, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers all went cheaply but Kallis (48 not out) and Duminy (47 not out) saw the visitors through in some comfort.
Venue: Two of the four T20′s scheduled for Old Trafford saw bad weather ruin the chances of a result. England won the other two, first beating New Zealand by nine wickets in 2008 and more recently we saw a decent contest against India just over 12 months ago. Batting first India were bowled out for 165 and England chased it down with three deliveries remaining and six wickets still in tact. Dernbach was MoM on the back of figures of 4/22 and Morgan top scored for England with 49.
Teams for South Africa vs England 2nd T20:
SCJ Broad*, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, DR Briggs, JC Buttler, JW Dernbach, ST Finn, AD Hales, C Kieswetter†, MJ Lumb, EJG Morgan, SR Patel, GP Swann, LJ Wright
South Africa Squad:
AB de Villiers*†, HM Amla, F Behardien, J Botha, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, JH Kallis, RE Levi, JA Morkel, M Morkel, JL Ontong, WD Parnell, RJ Peterson, DW Steyn, LL Tsotsobe
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