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Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock

Jonny Bairstow's success in new role makes England favourites to seal series

SA v ENG, 2nd T20I, preview

Jonny Bairstow starring in his new role in the middle-order makes England's batting a scary proposition for South Africa as they head into the second T20I in Paarl on Sunday.


South Africa vs England, 2nd T20I
Boland Park, Paarl
Sunday, 29 November, 02:30pm local time, 12:30pm GMT

England have won each of their last three T20Is in South Africa and appear favourites to take the series with a win on Sunday after their clinical run chase the other night. The Eoin Morgan-led side displayed their immense batting depth, benefitted by Jonny Bairstow's brilliant innings in a new role in the middle-order.

With the ball they had more worries, not least in the form of Tom Curran, who conceded 55 runs in his four-over spell. Mark Wood, who remained on the sidelines, could be back to complement the pace of Jofra Archer in the Powerplay.

Sam Curran, after a terrific performance on Friday, should retain his place ahead of Moeen Ali as the all-rounder. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler could continue at the top.

South Africa were without David Miller in the opening T20I, but the hosts did well to get to a good total on board. While the batting clicked, it was largely due to the efforts of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. Rassie van der Dussen took time to settle in and never really took off, while Heinrich Klaasen's solid start was cut off by a good Sam Curran bouncer.

They have more worries, though, in the bowling department. Beuran Hendricks, whose final over on Friday leaked 28 runs and changed the course of the game, could sit out with four pacers, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Junior Dala and Glenton Stuurman, waiting on the bench. 

Remember the last time

England were 34/3 in the last over of the Powerplay, chasing 180 for victory on a sluggish wicket and still went on to win the match with four balls to spare. The depth in the England batting is unbelievable as they showed at Newlands on Friday. With the ball, though, they had a mixed day as South Africa plundered 52 runs in the last five overs. The Proteas had a star performer in debutant George Linde, who picked up a wicket off his second ball in T20Is after a short cameo with the bat.

What they said

Jonny Bairstow, England batsman: "I want to be playing cricket for England. I don't mind. As long as I am contributing, and putting in match-winning performances, whether that be opening the batting or batting at four, then so be it."

Faf du Plessis, South Africa batsman: "We need six bowling options because if one guy goes on the day, it puts you under pressure. But with the balance of our squad, it doesn't look like it's possible to go for a six-man bowling attack. That's why the allrounder plays such a crucial role in balancing the side."

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