Revenge was the order of the day for the Proteas on Thursday. The series is now locked at 1-1, which way will it go? View our England vs South Africa betting tips in our full match preview below.
Our online cricket betting breakdown examines the key stats, team news, and pitch conditions ahead of the clash, which gets underway at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from 7 pm IST on Sunday 31st July. .
We did not account for such a quick turnaround in performance level by the visitors when we put forward our England vs South Africa betting tips last time out. They were lethal in the field, scintillating with the bat, and suffocating with the ball in hand.
By contrast, England was miles off it! There seems to be an alarming inconsistency creeping into their collective performances. New skipper Jos Buttler has his hands full. Currently, England are favourites to win with Pure Win at odds of 1.59. Check out our cricket betting tips below:
Match Winner: ENG
Toss Winner: SA
Moeen Ali top ENG batsman
Kagiso Rabada top SA bowler
As good as England were in the first Twenty20, South Africa matched them in the second, and now we find ourselves in winner takes all territory. Despite the disappointing nature of their collapse - we’re going to pick the Three Lions to come out on top.
Jos Buttler is learning on the job, but his decision to bowl first at Cardiff seemed a strange one in the context of the series. In the previous match, they had flayed South Africa to all parts to register their second-highest T20I score. Instead of keeping the foot on the throat of a shell shocked bowling attack, Buttler’s decision allowed the Proteas an opportunity to reverse the momentum, one they grabbed with both hands.
We have to give some credit to South Africa’s batting line-up too - particularly the irrepressible Rilee Rossouw, who hit 96 not out from 55 balls to propel his side to a mammoth 207/3.
A special shout out should also be reserved for Tabraiz Shamsi. The spinner was battered out of the attack in the first T20I, bowling just three overs and going for 49 runs at 16.33 per over. He was much more like the world-renowned T20 specialist that averages just 22.27 per wicket - taking 3/27 from his full allocation.
Despite the defeat on Thursday, England have proven they are the better team when they get it right. If they show up, it won’t matter how well South Africa plays - that’s why we’re sticking with our cricket traders and predicting an England win.
You can back them at 1.59.
The English cricket management team seem to be vociferous proponents of the left-hand/right-hand combination at the crease in an attempt to off-set the rhythm of opposing bowlers. As one of the only left-handers in the batting line-up, that means Ali is better-placed to move up the order and will have more of a chance of finishing as England’s top scorer.
He’s a big price to finish as England’s top batsman, you can back him at 9.6 with Pure Win. He’s also been in sparkling form in this series - having hit the fastest T20I half century for England in the first game, before registering a high-class 28 from 17 balls on Thursday.
Fancy a South Africa punt? Look no further than Kagiso Rabada! A star player for the Punjab Kings in the IPL last season, he’s always easy to back given his propensity for taking wickets, even if he can sometimes prove expensive.
He’s fairly short at 3.2, but as always, Pure Win is offering you market-leading odds - we’re one of the top Indian bookmakers for the price.
Moeen Ali top ENG batter - 4.3
Kagiso Rabada top SA bowler - 3.4
After the visitors’ win on Thursday, the England vs South Africa head to head record stands at 12-11 to the Three Lions.
The overall T20I record in England is inseparable - with four games apiece.
The only previous match between England and South Africa at the Ageas bowl happened back in 2017, and it was not a happy experience for the visitors. England emerged victors by a mammoth nine wickets, with Jason Roy (28), Alex Hales (47 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (60 not out), knocking off a meek143/3 set by South Africa in just 14.3 overs.
Times have changed - Alex Hales is a distant memory in England teams these days, while the Proteas had seven wickets in hand that day. It’s rare to see such a low total in T20 cricket with so many wickets left in the shed.
There is some rain around on Sunday, with showers forecast throughout the afternoon. Here’s hoping we get a game.
England named an unchanged line-up for Thursday’s match - we’re getting more indications from selectors and Buttler himself that this is his go-to line-up for the World Cup.
There are still some notable absentees - Mark Wood and Jofra Archer are still recovering from long-term injuries. However, this is close to a full-strength England unit.
There are no new injuries to report.
The Proteas also persisted with the same line-up, which is a testament to the faith skipper David Miller and team management have in their team after the battering they got in Bristol.
It’s a very close call, but home advantage, a raucous Barmy Army, and the form of Jonny Bairstow is enough to sway us into backing England to win the game and the series.