Match Preview

South Africa will face England in the Match 39 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 6 November at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. England had a strong showing so far in the competition as the Eoin Morgan-led squad has won all of its matches. They are comfortably positioned at the top of Group 1’s point table. They will be looking to extend their winning streak in this match.

South Africa, on the other side, has shown a lot of character. The team dominated the proceedings in their previous match against Bangladesh, winning by six wickets. The matchup between the Group 1 table-toppers will be exciting to witness.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 32 – 33° C


Total matches                                      49

Matches won batting first                   22

Matches won bowling first                 27

Average 1st Inns scores                    138

Average 2nd Inns scores                   128

Highest total recorded                        225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                         87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                         166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                      129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock – Every so often, and generally for a very long time, a player manages to catch your imagination. Quinton de Kock is one such South African talent. Some of the accomplishments he has made at such a young age are incredible, and it’s clear to understand why he’s already being hailed as a future great.

Matches – 236

Runs – 7076

Average – 33.87

2) Jos Buttler – Buttler, a hard-hitting batsman and wicketkeeper, is seen as a player with all the tools to excel in the shorter formats of the game. At a young age, he was introduced to competitive cricket.

Matches – 296

Runs – 7280

Average – 32.50

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rassie van der Dussen – The right-handed batsman averages more than 40 in first-class and List A cricket, and has a high scoring rate in T20s. He is recognised for being a big hitter and a boundary collector in this format.

Matches – 139

Runs – 4035

Average – 37.36

2) Temba Bavuma – He isn’t the most appealing batsman in the world, but despite his flaws, he has developed into a valuable T20 player for South Africa. The small right-hander has a strong defence and will be a tough batsman for the opponents.

Matches – 95

Runs – 2228

Average – 30.94                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3) Jason Roy – The right-handed batsman’s ability in the shorter formats have led his team to many victories. His power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting is what makes him an asset in the next match.

Matches – 261

Runs – 6822

Average – 28.19

4) Dawid Malan – In the international circuit, Dawid Malan is a late bloomer. The left-handed batter, who was born in Roehampton, has been a regular performer for Middlesex for over a decade, and the national honours were a fitting reward for his consistency.

Matches – 251

Runs – 6701

Average – 32.31

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambling seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket, especially when the seam is prominent and likely to induce deviations off the surface.

Matches – 134

Wickets – 177

Economy – 7.85

2) Tabraiz Shamsi – A left-arm chinaman bowler who has earned a spot in South Africa’s squad by demonstrating his worth in the game’s shortest format. Not only are his variations amazing, but so is his accuracy in conjunction with them and he becomes threatening when batters pursue him.

Matches – 171

Wickets – 193

Economy – 7.17

3) Adil Rashid – Rashid was a key element in England’s World Cup-winning campaign, and while he didn’t take many wickets, he did guarantee that England had a dominant presence, particularly throughout the vital middle-overs phase of the game. With so many boundary riders in place, Rashid is more secure in flying the ball and finding his radar sooner than later.

Matches – 206

Wickets – 239

Economy – 7.41

4) Chris Woakes – He’s a useful player because of his ability to strike with the new ball and also bowl well at the death. It is also commonly recognised that, given his basic technique and power-hitting abilities, he can be a very effective batsman.

Matches – 123

Wickets – 135

Economy – 8.20

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Dwaine Pretorius – He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler who has performed quite well in international T20 with his batting and bowling skills.

Matches – 149

Runs – 1920

Average – 21.09

Wickets – 105

Economy – 8.11

2) Liam Livingstone – Not only does the Lancashire batsman have the power game, but he can also bat in an unconventional and intelligent manner. Livingstone’s maturity shines in his game. He can knock massive sixes and has played franchise cricket for the past few years.

Matches – 158

Runs – 3993

Average – 20.61

Wickets – 61

Economy – 7.82

Predicted Playing 11


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

 South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi


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