By News Team
13th February 2020
After the drama of England’s T20 defeat to South Africa on Wednesday, there’s little time for Chris Silverwood’s men to rest as they’re back in action against the Proteas for the second of their three-match series in Durban on Friday. We take a look at the key bets to keep an eye on.
Roy hungry for more runs at Kingsmead
In Wednesday’s first match at Buffalo Park, England looked to be in control as they chased down South Africa’s haul of 177-8. However, needing just seven runs from the final seven balls of the game, the tourists were unable to hold their nerve as the wickets of captain Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran and Moeen Ali all fell, before Adil Rashid was run out to give South Africa the victory by one run.
It was England opener Jason Roy who had laid the foundations for his team-mates heading into the final overs thanks to a blistering knock of 70 runs from 38 balls. A fine strike rate of 184.21, which brought with it seven fours and three sixes, shows that when Roy is in the mood, there are few better than him at this level. It would take a brave man to bet against Roy heading into Friday’s match and the enhanced odds of 4/1 on the 29-year-old to finish up as the top England batsman at Kingsmead seems a smart move.
If you’re looking for ever so slightly more value then Dawid Malan at 9/2 to be England’s top batsman could be the way to go. Admittedly a risky move, as there’s no guarantee he’ll be in the starting XI after missing out last time, but Wednesday’s defeat could prompt a reshuffle from Morgan and Silverwood as they seek to finetune the team ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Malan’s record can’t be argued with. He averages 57 and has a strike rate of over 150 from his nine T20s for England, while just a few months ago in New Zealand he hit a 48-ball century – a record for the fastest international T20 ton by an English player. Backing Malan could be a gamble that pays off.
De Kock and Ngidi looking to impress again
As for South Africa, it’s hard to look past white-ball captain Quinton de Kock to finish up as the top Proteas batsman. Off the back of a decent ODI series against England, he started the T20 series on Wednesday with real menace. While the South Africa opener ultimately only secured 31 runs, it was the way he went about racking them up, doing so in just 15 balls at an impressive strike rate of 206.67. Back De Kock at 15/8, while you can get 5/6 on the 27-year-old hitting over 27.5 runs.
In the hosts’ bowling ranks, they can call upon one of the best T20 bowlers in the world, Andile Phehlukwayo, who sits sixth in the ICC’s T20I bowling rankings. Phehlukwayo helped himself to two wickets on Wednesday, taking the scalps of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Denly, and he can be backed at 9/2 to end up as South Africa’s best bowler. While offering slightly less value, Lungi Ngidi’s odds have been enhanced from 7/2 to 4/1, and after he took three wickets last time out, as well as taking three more in the final ODI of the series last week, he could be the way to go.