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It’s no secret that South African cricket is in an interesting space right now, as they’ve intentionally chosen to prioritise their own domestic tournament over the nation’s ODI cricket. However, with qualification for the World Cup and a bit of national pride on the line, South Africa pulled out an impressively gritty win to claim the first ODI on Friday. With the opportunity to close out the series in front of a big home crowd, here’s our South Africa vs England predictions ahead of the second ODI this Sunday.
South Africa to Win
Temba Bavuma to Be SA's Top Run Scorer
These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.
South Africa vs England – Match Prediction
- 1 South Africa vs England – Match Prediction
- 2 South Africa vs England Preview and Team News
- 3 South Africa vs England Match Details
Here at Pundit Feed, we love making cricket predictions. Below are the two best bets we suggest placing on the South Africa vs England second ODI:
South Africa to Win @ 11/10 (2.10)
South Africa’s win in the first ODI between these two sides on Friday night was encouraging for fans of South African cricket. Though appearing to have lost control of the match when England raced out to 146/0 within 20 overs, the side pulled the match back, bowling England with five overs to spare.
It’s this kind of grittiness that we haven’t seen from South African cricket in some time. Bottom line is, they have more on the line here, and should want the win more than England: World Cup qualification, a big home crowd, and their reputation to defend. England, on the other hand, seem to be happy blaming their poor results on scheduling, and are resting on their laurels a little as the current world champs.
Temba Bavuma to Be South Africa’s Top Run Scorer @ 5.50 (9/2)
It’s been a year since Temba Bavuma last scored an ODI century. The South African captain still has the support of management and his teammates, however, and has inserted himself at the top of the order. With the clock limited on how long Bavuma’s form can continue, we anticipate the calibre of the man will rise to the top in this second ODI, and Bavuma will finally come right with a big score on Sunday.
South Africa vs England Preview and Team News
With these two bets in mind, here’s a look at a bit more information on each side ahead of the South Africa vs England second ODI.
South Africa will feel as though they did plenty of things wrong on Friday, yet still won the match. They were likely about 50 runs short given the conditions, and had an atrocious start with the ball. Yet, they managed to rein England back in and win comfortably. On Sunday, they’ll be looking for some more positive batting, and an all-round performance with the ball from the first over.
South Africa predicted XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), 2 Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Wayne Parnell or Marco Jansen, 8 Sisanda Magala, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Anrich Nortje.
Visitors England are suddenly in a very poor streak of ODI form, having lost seven of their past nine. However, they don’t seem to be particularly bothered, and one wonders how much the other two formats, plus other competitions, are distracting from England’s ODI game at the moment. They will be pleased that Jason Roy has come right, but it seems a bit more than one player’s form needs to shift in this English side if they’re going to bounce back in this series.
England predicted XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Ben Duckett, 4 Harry Brook, 5 Jos Buttler (captain and wicketkeeper), 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Sam Curran, 8 David Willey, 9 Jofra Archer or Reece Topley, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Chris Woakes or Olly Stone.
South Africa vs England Head to Head
South Africa hold the upper hand in the head to head between the two sides, leading 32-29. They also claimed the most recent meeting on Friday, winning by 27 runs.
South Africa vs England Match Details
- Time and date: Sunday 29th of January from 08:00 GMT
- Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa
- How to watch South Africa vs England second ODI in the UK: Sky Sports
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