South Africa v England 1st T20 International tips, odds update, Feb 13
South Africa and England clash in the first T20 International of a three-match series at Buffalo Park, East London, on Thursday, February 13.
This is WGL’s odds update and tips for the first T20 International, only the second T20 International played at picturesque Eastern Cape ground.
England are favourites with the bookies to win the match and the series, despite the teams finishing locked 1-1 after the three-match ODI series.
The tourists welcome back star all-rounder Ben Stokes as well as paceman Mark Wood and big-hitting Jos Buttler after they were all rested from the ODIs.
The trio, especially Stokes, give a much more powerful look to the England side.
South Africa, meanwhile, have recalled the veteran paceman Dale Steyn after a year out of international cricket. While has been a wonderful servant for the Proteas, it seems a strange move.
Buffalo Park is a small ground not far from the ocean and the forecast looks encouraging for the clash, but be sure to check in closer to match time.
Read on for our South Africa v England tips and odds update for the 1st T20 at East London.
South Africa-England limited-over series schedule, results
Tuesday, February 4: 1st ODI (D/N), Cape Town: South Africa 3-259 (47.4 overs; Quinton de Kock 107, Temba Bavuma 98) d England 8-258 (50 overs; Joe Denly 87, Chris Woakes 40; Tabraiz Shamsi 3-38) by seven wickets. Player of the match: Quinton de Kock.
Friday, February 7: 2nd ODI (D/N), Durban: South Africa 2-71 (11.2 overs; Reeza Hendricks 35no). Match abandoned due to rain.
Sunday, February 9: 3rd ODI, Johannesburg: England 8-257 (43.2 overs; Joe Denly 66; Beauran Hendricks 3-59, Lunmgi Ngidi 3-62) d South Africa 7-256 (50 overs; Quinton de Kock 69, David Miller 69no; Adil Rashid 3-51) by two wickets. Player of the match: Adil Rashid. Player of the series: Quinton de Kock.
Thursday, February 13: 1st T20 International, East London, 6pm
Saturday, February 15: 2nd T20 International, Durban, 2.30pm
Sunday, February 16: 3rd T20 International, Centurion, 6pm
Squads for South Africa-England T20s
South Africa Twenty20 squad
Quinton de Kock (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.
England Twenty20 squad
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
South Africa v England 1st T20 odds
Head to head odds: South Africa $2.25, England $1.62
Man of the match betting:
$7 Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy
$8 Quinton de Kock
$9 Jos Buttler
$10 Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan
$11 Reeza Hendricks
$13 Temba Bavuma
$15 Eoin Morgan, Jon-Jon Smuts
$17 Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Rassie van der Dussen, Joe Denly, David Miller, Adil Rashid
$21 Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sam Curran, Dale Steyn, Pite van Biljon, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran
Top batsman South Africa odds:
$3.25 Quinton de Kock
$4.50 Reeza Hendricks
$5 Temba Bavuma
$6 Rassie van der Dussen
$7 David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts
Top batsman England odds:
$3.50 Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
$4 Jos Buttler
$5 Dawid Malan
$7 Eoin Morgan
$8 Joe Denly, Ben Stokes
$13 Moeen Ali
$17 Sam Curran
Top bowler South Africa odds:
$3.75 Beuran Hendricks
$4.33 Dale Steyn
$4.50 Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi
$5 Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Sisanda Magala
Top bowler England odds:
$3.75 Mark Wood
$4.33 Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan
$4.50 Saqib Mahmood, Tom Curran
$5 Moeen Ali
$5.50 Matt Parkinson
$6 Sam Curran
$8 Ben Stokes, Joe Denly
* Full odds available at Betway.com.
South Africa v England 1st Twenty20 betting tips
We have looked at the matches played at this beautiful cricket ground and recent form to come up with some value selections for this match. Click here to read more about betting on cricket.
Jon Jon Smuts top scorer for SA at $7
A bit of unusual one here but Smuts looked quite at home after making his ODI debut against England. The added bonus here is he is playing on home turf as he plies his trade for Eastern Province in South African domestic cricket. He is a late bloomer and something of a T20 specialist so could be also worth a small bet in the man-of-the-match category.
Jason Roy top-scorer for England
Roy is an enigma. He comes in and blazes away and looks shocked whenever he is dismissed. But he is certainly one of the best strikers of a cricket ball going are at the moment. He can be hit and miss but in T20 cricket he can go in and blaze away with no real pressure. We will give him one last chance to get the money for us.
South Africa v England predictions – 1st T20, Feb 13, 2020
The only other T20 International match played at this ground resulted in a win for New Zealand over South Africa with towering opener Martin Guptill making an unbeaten 101. In 20-odd ODIs played here it has been a reasonably high-scoring ground without being out of control in favour of the batsmen. We expect the team batting first to make 160-odd. We think England have enough firepower all the way down the batting order to win this one. Their spinners found form in the ODIs and also should play a big part.
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