By News Team
Last Updated: 7th February 2020
South Africa and England meet once again on Friday for the second of their three-match ODI series in Durban following the Proteas’ victory in the opening clash on Tuesday. Ahead of the action, we take a look at the key bets to keep an eye on.
Captain De Kock hoping to repeat century
While South Africa lost the preceding Test series with England 3-1, they struck the first ODI blow thanks to their seven-wicket win in Cape Town earlier this week. That victory was largely thanks to the heroics of Quinton de Kock, who struck a brilliant century – 107 runs from 113 balls – to inspire his side.
De Kock was only named captain of South Africa’s ODI side a few weeks ago, and he couldn’t have started his reign much better than the way he did in Durban. The wicket keeper-batsman presented England’s bowling attack with a number of problems last time out and he’ll be confident of repeating this on Friday. He is 2/1 to be South Africa’s top batsman for the second ODI, while he is 5/6 to hit over 36.5 runs.
While De Kock may be the safer option in the Proteas team to back when it come to batting, if you’re looking for more value elsewhere then Temba Bavuma could be your man. Bavuma, in just his third ODI, nearly joined his captain on a century on Tuesday, falling an agonising two runs short of a 100 after knocking 98 runs off 103 balls.
Roy keen to improve on last knock
England will naturally be disappointed with both the result on Tuesday and the manner of their defeat, but they can take heart from the fact that they went 1-0 down in the Test series with South Africa before coming from behind to seal victory.
In the first ODI it was only thanks to the work of Joe Denly that England weren’t embarrassed too heavily in defeat. Denly’s score of 87 was the highest for the visitors and he was the only player to really shine for the tourists, though his search for a first century for England across any format goes on.
Given the way his international career has gone so far, Denly may well struggle to back that performance up with another big score on Friday and so should be overlooked when it comes to an England batsman to back. Jason Roy showed glimpses what he can do in the first ODI before being dismissed on 32.
Stick with him to be England’s best batsman at 10/3, while you can get Roy to hit over 34 runs and Chris Woakes to take over one wicket at 13/5. Woakes only bagged one wicket last time out, but after hitting a very respectable 40 with the bat, as one of England’s more senior bowlers in this squad he will be hungry to improve on his wicket haul in Durban.