South Africa v England 1st Twenty20: betting tips, prediction & odds

T20 South Africa v England betting tips and prediction

Welcome to our South Africa v England betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for the opening Twenty20 International at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, on Friday.

England’s six-match limited-over tour of South Africa includes three T20 internationals and three one-day internationals, with all matches played either at Newlands Stadium or Boland Park, Paarl, also in the Western Cape.

Of course, England are the reigning world champions in the 50-over format, and also are ranked second in the ICC T20 standings behind Australia, while South Africa are fifth in both formats.

South Africa and England played a fantastic limited-overs series in South Africa early this year following their Test series. England won the T20 series 2-1 and the ODI series finished 1-1 with one wash-out.

England is a 2/3 favourite to defeat South Africa in this clash, with the Proteas priced at 13/10 to cause a boilover in the betting.

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This tour is England’s first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, though they are coming off series at home against Ireland, Pakistan and old foes Australia.

England won the three-match T20 series against Australia 2-1 before losing the ODI series 2-1, so they are battle-hardened for what is to come in South Africa, despite biosecurity protocols making for a difficult preparation.

Interestingly, they have included superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes, paceman Jofra Archer and Sam Curran for the T20s but they will be rested for the 50-over matches after hectic Indian Premier League campaigns.

Meanwhile, the Proteas have not played an international match since they played Australia at home in T20 and ODI series in late February/early March. They lost the T20 series 2-1 but were impressive in beating Australia 3-0 in the one-dayers.

South Africa have had to quarantine several players in the lead-up to these matches after COVID-19 scares. Despite their lack of international cricket, they had several outstanding performers in the recent IPL led by veteran bowler Kagiso Rabada, fellow paceman Anrich Nortje as well as ace wicketkeeper-opener Quinton de Kock, who was outstanding when the teams clashed earlier this year.

Read on for our free South Africa v England tips ahead of their T20 clash in Cape Town on Friday, November 27.

South Africa v England 2020 T20, ODI series schedule, results

South Africa v England T20 series
First T20: Friday, November 27, Cape Town.
Second T20: Sunday, November 29, Paarl.
Third T20: Tuesday, December 1, Cape Town.

South Africa v England one-day internationals
First ODI: Friday, December 4, Cape Town.
Second ODI: Sunday, December 6, Paarl.
Third ODI: Wednesday, December 9, Cape Town.

South Africa v England cricket squads

South Africa:  Quinton de Kock (c), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla , Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

England: T20Is: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.

England: ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

South Africa v England 1st T20 odds

Head to head odds: South Africa $2.31, England $1.59

Man of the match betting:
$9 Quinton de Kock, Jos Buttler
$10 Jonny Bairstow, Faf du Plessis
$11 Jason Roy, Kagiso Rabada
$12 Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Rassie van der Dussen
$13 Dawid Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Jofra Archer
$15+ Others

Top batsman South Africa odds:
$3.30 Quinton de Kock
$3.75 Faf du Plessis
$4.50 Reeza Hendricks
$5 Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen
$6 Jon-Jon Smuts
$8 David Miller
$12 Pite van Biljon

Top batsman England odds:
$3.40 Jos Buttler
$4 Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow
$5 Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan
$7 Sam Billings
$7.50 Ben Stokes
$8.50 Moeen Ali

Top bowler South Africa odds:
$2.75 Kagiso Rabada
$3.50 Anrich Nortje
$4.50 Lungi Ngidi
$5.50 Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks
$6 Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius

Top bowler England odds:
$2.75 Jofra Archer
$4 Mark Wood
$4.33 Chris Jordan
$4.50 Adil Rashid
$5 Tom Curran, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Reece Topley
$6 Moeen Ali

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South Africa v England betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Proteas v England tips for Friday’s T20 opener.

South Africa to win at $2.31

The Proteas are at something of a crossroads with their national team but they always manage to put out a powerful limited-overs unit. All it will take is for the dashing captain Quinton de Kock and the like to catch fire and they are right in this, especially on home soil. They look the value bet in the first match.

Quinton de Kock man of match at $9

The little left-handed powerhouse is a threat in all cricket but especially in the shortest form of the game. De Kock was a key player as the Mumbai Indians won their fifth title in the IPL recently. He can take a game away from the opposition more quickly than almost any player in the game.

South Africa v England prediction 27/11/2020

We really like the look of this South African side with quality performers such as Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada back in the mix. The addition of du Plessis really gives the top order a much tougher look, while Rabada and Anrich Nortje bowled the Delhi Capitals all the way to the IPL final. England have plenty of batting firepower but at the odds we have to go with the Proteas at home in the opening match. Our final South Africa v England prediction: South Africa by six wickets/20 runs.

South Africa v England lowdown

How can I watch the first South Africa v England T20 clash?

South Africa: SuperSport. England: Sky Sports Cricket. India: Sony Six, Sony ESPN. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.

How can I bet on the Proteas v England game?

All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on cricket.

What time does the South Africa v England game start?

The game starts at 6pm local time (4pm GMT) on November 27, 2020.

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