England v South Africa, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 28, 2014

Fallible sides hunt consistency

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Match Facts

March 29, 2014, Chittagong
Start time 1930 (1330GMT)

Big Picture

When South Africa and England have met at World T20s in the past, it has always been accompanied by pressure. In 2007 and 2009, they clashed in the first match of the second round, in which all teams started with no points and making a statement early was imperative.

South Africa succeeded both times. In 2010, they shared top spot in their group before locking horns and England's triumph put them on course for the trophy. This time it is must-win for both of them and even that may not be enough to secure a semi-final spot.

For South Africa there is a simple scenario of this match: win and they are into the semi-finals as Sri Lanka and New Zealand still need to play each other so only one of those can end of six points. If they lose, the equation becomes far more complicated and given South Africa's history in global tournaments that version of events would be no surprise. And now they have to factor in being without their captain, Faf du Plessis, who has been suspended for a slow over rate against Netherlands.

A defeat for England and it would be all-but over, just 48 hours after the blitz by Alex Hales. If New Zealand have overcome Netherlands and Stuart Broad's team then lose, they are out of the tournament.

It would be ideal if the fate of the semi-finalists was not clear until the final group matches on Monday. That is the way a multi-team tournament should play out and with both in patchy form and everything to play for, their desperation to do well should provide more than enough excitement.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

South Africa WWLLLL
England WLWLL

Watch out for

They will not have anything to do with the outcome of the match but the twin beards of Hashim Amla and Moeen Ali will be impossible to miss. It is not the first time these two magnificent manes will be on the same field - they met when South Africa played a warm-up match in Worcester on their 2012 tour to England - but it is their maiden international outing together. Don't be surprised if Amla and Ali share trimming tips in between overs.

With so much at stake for both teams, you can expert raging tempers in this match, especially among the bowlers. Dale Steyn's dancing eyes look to intimidate England's line-up, Jade Dernbach's will try and dig holes into South Africa's. The teams have enough history between them to rub each other up the wrong way and send off some fireworks in the process.

Team news

England have a small concern over Broad's knee. He did not train on Friday to rest it but said he "should be okay," for the match. Ian Bell has recovered from his upset stomach but is unlikely to make an appearance in the XI which could see England field an unchanged side.

England (probable) 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 James Tredwell, 11 Jade Dernbach

AB de Villiers will captain in place of the suspended du Plessis while Farhaan Behardien is likely to come into the middle order. Wayne Parnell has rejoined the South African camp after attending a court hearing in Mumbai and may be slotted straight into the XI at either Lonwabo Tsotsobe or Beuran Hendricks' expense. South Africa may also want to bring Morne Morkel back, which could see both left-armers, Tsotosbe and Hendricks benched.

South Africa (possible) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 JP Duminy, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 Farhaan Behardien, 6 David Miller, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Dale Steyn 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Morne Morkel 11 Imran Tahir

Conditions

The surface on which South Africa played Netherlands showed signs of sluggishness and the most effective bowlers were those who took the pace off the ball. There were no similar problems in the England-Sri Lanka match though, so perhaps not much should be read into the behaviour of the first track. Saturday is set to be the warmest day out of the last week in Chittagong with the mercury rising to 34 degrees and no rain is forecast.

Stats and trivia

  • The head to head T20 record between South Africa and England is tight. They have played eight matches, South Africa have won four and England three with one no result.

  • Alex Hales has the most runs in T20 cricket this year with 241 from eight matches while Imran Tahir is third on the highest wicket-takers list for 2014 with 11 scalps from just four matches.

Quotes

"There's more for the seamers than we were anticipating when we got to Bangladesh. England have got a quality attack and we'll have to work hard on our strategies. We know we've got to beat England to try and progress. It might still come down to run-rate. There's still a lot to play for."
South Africa's coach Russell Domingo expects England's quicks to be the main threat in what is a must-win game for his team

"South Africa probably haven't fired as you would expect in this tournament so far with the danger they've got but they had key men getting them over the line."
Because South Africa have only just edged over the line for the two matches they've won, Stuart Broad is wary that they are yet to perform at the best

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Umpires just made a horrendous call, allowing the field to be dried during the break when the lights were out. Completely unfair!

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I reckon this may boil down to the battle of the beards. Who has the true Flaming Beard of Fury? Amla or Ali? I'll back Amla any day.

    Of course other South Africans, like Lumb and Dernbach may also influence the game.

  • BlackHawk on March 29, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    England just won this game. Win the toss bat second when the opposition bowlers are incapacitated by the dew and enjoy nice batting conditions. Worked beautifully against the Sri Lankans

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Lots of suggestions here about changes to the SA team. Albie & Tsotsobe need to go, but the biggest change SA need is a new coach! Domingo is dragging the Proteas down. Slowly but steadily they are losing that team ethos & identity that allowed them to click. The composition of this squad is pathetic, SA has a dozen or more better players than Albie & Tsotsobe & Behardien - and they are all sitting at home, back in SA! (Not playing for Eng)

    SA are back to the Micky Arthur era. Great players, poorly led by formula, and not by inspiration.

  • landl47 on March 29, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Broad being unable to play and Morgan captaining the side would make England stronger.

  • Oracle_Magus on March 29, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    England will be high on confidence after a Successful run chase against the best bowling attack of this tournament, where as SA had two scratchy wins, but still is a more balanced team. Though SA maybe the favourites here, I would go for England. Could see the change in their body language after the win against the Lankans and they now believe that they can take on SA. If they win then it will be NZ and England who will go though from this group, provided NZ win against Netherlands today. May the best team win. Cheers!

  • JG2704 on March 29, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @JMC/C&C - Also kind of worry about the way everything seems so regimented/formulated. I like Ali bowling first but I wonder if other teams may do their homework and plan for this. What about trying an over from Tredwell or Bopara in the 1st 5 overs. I often think T20 should be alot more spontaneous

  • JG2704 on March 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT) Hello. Don't think Bopara and Ali could share 10 overs in a T20 but we could try it and check the umpires are on the ball. Maybe our best hope to reduce the total is try and share the overs between Bopara and Tredwell with handful from Jordan and Ali and hope no one notices. However I posted on the SL report if anyone knew any reason why they never used Bopara once and no one responded so I guess there's either a slight injury concern or for some reason they haven't noticed that his ER is usually better than our pacers? Bresnan's overs got progressively worse going 6,12,14.16. You'd have thought after the 3rd over Bopara would definitely have been a better option late on I thought Patel was an obvious replacement for Root but we decided to go for a guy who has not played T20 for ages and then not even give him a warm up game. Some of our selections in all formats recently have been baffling

  • Nutcutlet on March 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    England's best chance of winning must be dropping the captain and playing Parry. Who will go for fewer runs, Broad or Parry? The difference between 0-40 and 0-35 perhaps, but this format is all about small margins. Eoin Morgan captains, of course. In common with others, I agree that Moeen has to be used for more than the single over.

  • jmcilhinney on March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @JG2704 on (March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT), with both Ali and Bopara in the team and quite capable of sharing 10 overs between them, I have to agree that we have a superfluous seamer. While Bresnan is the best batsman of the seamers, he seems to be the least effective with ball so replacing him with a specialist batsman may well be the way to go. Perhaps even replacing him with Woakes might be the way to go as he would improve the batting and he could then share the bowling with Bopara and Ali. The pitches have probably not assisted spinners as much as might have been expected but I think England could afford another spinner. Patel's left-armers may have proven an important variation and he has batted well in subcontinent conditions before.

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Umpires just made a horrendous call, allowing the field to be dried during the break when the lights were out. Completely unfair!

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I reckon this may boil down to the battle of the beards. Who has the true Flaming Beard of Fury? Amla or Ali? I'll back Amla any day.

    Of course other South Africans, like Lumb and Dernbach may also influence the game.

  • BlackHawk on March 29, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    England just won this game. Win the toss bat second when the opposition bowlers are incapacitated by the dew and enjoy nice batting conditions. Worked beautifully against the Sri Lankans

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Lots of suggestions here about changes to the SA team. Albie & Tsotsobe need to go, but the biggest change SA need is a new coach! Domingo is dragging the Proteas down. Slowly but steadily they are losing that team ethos & identity that allowed them to click. The composition of this squad is pathetic, SA has a dozen or more better players than Albie & Tsotsobe & Behardien - and they are all sitting at home, back in SA! (Not playing for Eng)

    SA are back to the Micky Arthur era. Great players, poorly led by formula, and not by inspiration.

  • landl47 on March 29, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Broad being unable to play and Morgan captaining the side would make England stronger.

  • Oracle_Magus on March 29, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    England will be high on confidence after a Successful run chase against the best bowling attack of this tournament, where as SA had two scratchy wins, but still is a more balanced team. Though SA maybe the favourites here, I would go for England. Could see the change in their body language after the win against the Lankans and they now believe that they can take on SA. If they win then it will be NZ and England who will go though from this group, provided NZ win against Netherlands today. May the best team win. Cheers!

  • JG2704 on March 29, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @JMC/C&C - Also kind of worry about the way everything seems so regimented/formulated. I like Ali bowling first but I wonder if other teams may do their homework and plan for this. What about trying an over from Tredwell or Bopara in the 1st 5 overs. I often think T20 should be alot more spontaneous

  • JG2704 on March 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT) Hello. Don't think Bopara and Ali could share 10 overs in a T20 but we could try it and check the umpires are on the ball. Maybe our best hope to reduce the total is try and share the overs between Bopara and Tredwell with handful from Jordan and Ali and hope no one notices. However I posted on the SL report if anyone knew any reason why they never used Bopara once and no one responded so I guess there's either a slight injury concern or for some reason they haven't noticed that his ER is usually better than our pacers? Bresnan's overs got progressively worse going 6,12,14.16. You'd have thought after the 3rd over Bopara would definitely have been a better option late on I thought Patel was an obvious replacement for Root but we decided to go for a guy who has not played T20 for ages and then not even give him a warm up game. Some of our selections in all formats recently have been baffling

  • Nutcutlet on March 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    England's best chance of winning must be dropping the captain and playing Parry. Who will go for fewer runs, Broad or Parry? The difference between 0-40 and 0-35 perhaps, but this format is all about small margins. Eoin Morgan captains, of course. In common with others, I agree that Moeen has to be used for more than the single over.

  • jmcilhinney on March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @JG2704 on (March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT), with both Ali and Bopara in the team and quite capable of sharing 10 overs between them, I have to agree that we have a superfluous seamer. While Bresnan is the best batsman of the seamers, he seems to be the least effective with ball so replacing him with a specialist batsman may well be the way to go. Perhaps even replacing him with Woakes might be the way to go as he would improve the batting and he could then share the bowling with Bopara and Ali. The pitches have probably not assisted spinners as much as might have been expected but I think England could afford another spinner. Patel's left-armers may have proven an important variation and he has batted well in subcontinent conditions before.

  • NALINWIJ on March 29, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    The semi final pathway is clear at this stage. India has qualified at this stage. barring for upsets by Netherland winner of this match will make this semi final and the winner of SL/NZ match will make get the other spot. Australia needs 4 matches and run rate to go their way or the other semi finalist will be the winner between Pakistan and West Indies.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Bring in Parnell and Phangiso. Leave out Tsotsobe and M. Morkal.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    mller should play at least 30 balls . de kock should attack dumminy shold play as the anchor and abde should get back into form

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    its time to think about lumb form.being its important match for eng bring kiswetter in place of lumb and give maximum bowling to bopara and moeen.Morgan should attack early that will be the key for eng.a good start for Eng will make everything easy for eng.giving bresnan plenty of opportunity after too many bad performance is questionable.

  • Aus2013 on March 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney: I agree with ur valid point Bro(Due Factor)...SAF should go 4 d chase...Got to expose d wkns of d ENG btsm agnst d Spin attack....bring in Phangiso...plz promote Miller..He has d ability to proye d wrld y he s a wrld clz btsmn...Im sure he will deliver 2n8...Having seen two mtchs...SA r nt favourates....thy crzd d line coz of d wrld clz spdsteer dale & Tahir Spinner....Duminy & Amla only hv gt sm runs undr thr belt...with no faf n d side..I thnk its very tough 4 thm to beat against Eng...Its rly high tym 4 t othr batters & blwrs to step up..AB,Albie & Miller hs to prfm 2dy 2 reach d semis...will thy?...

  • CodandChips on March 29, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @JG2704 read my earlier comment to find out my views re the bowlers. It'd also give you opportunity to "pick holes" in my teamsheet.

    Domestic T20has shown the importance and usefulness of spin even in less friendly conditions. Many successful teams have relied on strong spin bowling- at Hants we've had Briggs & Dawson, & before that Briggs, Tahir, Afridi. Keedy and Parry did a good job for Lancs. Kartik & Udal for Middlesex. The fact that these spin combinations were successful everywhere shows spin always has a role to play, so perhaps another spin option is warranted.

    However the dew factor makes it a risk. Remember Mendis? But then again if the same did happen to Parry, it could hardly be worse than the seamers.

    Re Patel, I've never really been a fan. He's always looked average to me. But he'd certainly be useful in asian conditions.

  • RLH4EVER on March 29, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Hi I like to say that england team line up is not good so Michael lumb, Alex hales, Eion morgan, Luke wright , Kiesweiter , joss butler, samit patel , stuart broad, steven finn, jade dernbach, and graem swan this team is legend

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I think sa should drop albi and bring Parnell bahradien is great player but should get chance to bat in the top order.for eng drop bresnan and broad brand lies wetter and parry

  • SamWintson92 on March 29, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    SOU XI: (Drop Tsotsobe) 1 De Kock (WK) 2 Amla 3 Duminy 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Miller 6 A Morkel 7 Behardein 8 Parnell 9 Steyn 10 Tahir 11 Hendricks.

    ENG WITHOUT BEST BATSMAN KP XI: (Drop Bresnan, Bring in either Parry or Kieswetter) 1 Hales 2 Lumb 3 Moeen 4 Morgan 5 Buttler (WK) 6 Bopara 7 Jordan 8 Broad (C) 9 Tradewell 10 Parry 11 Dernbach.

    '' KP SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK''.

  • gibbs.175 on March 29, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Domingo should talk to D.Kock to play his natural game ...Dont worry about long inning or his place in side ......quick fire , when Amla does stay other side .SA bowlers have to work hard to stop England to put or Chase down runs....Butler and Bopara is real threat for SA .....Ab should not ...MUST not GIVE THE BALL TO A.MORKEL....His one over might so expensive to slip away the match ....

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    "Dale Steyn's dancing eyes look to intimidate England's line-up, Jade Dernbach's will try and dig holes into South Africa's."

    Dale Steyn is a South African. Jade Dernbach is a South African who plays for England. Dernbach could not make it into the Saffa team - and he knows it! He also know that all the Saffas know it.

    Steyn is the best bowler in the world. Dernbach is not. Steyn would walk into any team in the world. Dernbach place in the Eng setup is always a question. Dernbach knows it. He also knows that Steyn & the Saffas know it.

    Dernbach has lots of tattoos, & thinks he is tough. Steyn also has tattoos, and Dernbach knows he is tough. Dernbach knows that Steyn will eat him alive. The Saffas know that Dernbach knows that Steyn is the real thing - what Dernbach wants to be, but is not good enough, or tough enough, to be.

    Dernbach knows that the Saffas will fall down laughing if he tries to intimidate them. No-one likes to be laughed at. Even Dernbach. He'll look away!

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on March 29, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Yes SA should bat first and good runs should be put on the board .....Du Plesis'absence makes a big difference .....This matches gonna very tough and high voltage drama ...Enland looks batter than RSA ...let's see.....good luck RSA....

  • jmcilhinney on March 29, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    This is the late game so dew becomes a significant factor again. Some comments below suggest that SA should bat first but bowling second may pose a problem. Mind you, despite what some SL fans and the odd anti-England troll claim, England had plenty of dew to deal with in the first innings themselves. Given how they caught, or how they didn't, against SL, if they have to deal with more dew then the bowlers may not even be able to get to the crease without dropping the ball.

  • on March 29, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    sa have to target Englands spin weakness. . tahir is the key. . should bring in phangiso for tsotsobe & Parnell for albie morkel/faf

  • Shongololo on March 28, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    "It might still come down to run-rate. There's still a lot to play for..." If this is indicative of the thinking of one of the leaders in the SA camp, Lord help us. It won't come down to run rate if we win, Russell. Simple...win the game, progress. Think about it, we'll end with six points, the team we play (Eng) will then not be able to get more than four points. A similar scenario with NZ and SL, if SL win, they get six points and NZ can't get more than four. A win for NZ would mean they could get six points with wins in their remaining tow games, SL bow out with four points. As for the Dutch, with two matches remaining, they can't get more than four points. It's not that difficult, Russell!!!

  • Albert_cambell on March 28, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Finally they are bringing Parnell back. This should strengthen up our lower order batting. Miller should step up his game. All the best proteas.

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    I would imagine that the performance on Thursday has shut a few mouth in the land of English negativity. The England batting line up is as destructive as any in T20 cricket and they have proven that now. All they need to do is maintain that belief themselves and there is no reason why they cannot go all the way. In the words of another Kevin, I would love it....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 28, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    These two teams face each other at a very interesting time. SA were by no means convincing in their encounter with Netherlands; England on the other hand should have their tails up and a sniff of belief again. Any other time and I'd be saying that this ought to be a cakewalk for SA, but that 'C' word keeps ringing in my ears - and some England players have finally woken up... Should be an entriguing game!

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    This is the first time south Africa has struggled in the first round in any tournament.One positive for them is this is the first time they handle the pressure well. The expectation is comparatively low. If AB can take bit more responsible and parnel's inclussion can make a big difference. SA is the best cricket side in any form of the game. They will clear all the hurdles and win the cup this time.

  • TheCricketeer on March 28, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    @GermanPlayer - completely disagree. We need more batting - stop picking 4 specialist bowlers because its putting too much pressure on the batters. Parnell and Behardien into the side and they should stay in when Faf comes back as well. Steyn, Tahir and Parnel bowl 12 overs. Duminy, Faf, Albie and Behardien need to get through 8 between them - and then we bat all the way to 9. I'd be willing to bet money the top order would fire more often with that extra batting cover.

  • RoBoBobster on March 28, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Bopara surely can't be any more expenive than Bresnan recently, so why doesn't Kieswetter get a game, Ali can chip in with overs if needed, and the batting looks thin

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    The way SA team struggling in last two games, I can smell a win for ENG. still long way to go for England. but this win make their chanvce to go through semis. All the best Eng!!!

  • mzm149 on March 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Tomorrow will be clash of bearded ones when Moin Ali will bowl his first over to Amla.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    y south africa want to play it safe this time thats so typical! they must play parnell steyn tahir nd phangiso . cant they c every1 thats playing good has gt 2 spinners . even west indies realised it .. wot u guys think?

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    I'd like to know if any other England fan thinks we should continually be playing 4 seamers in these conditions? Any regular on here will know that I think Bres should go.

    He has done a decent job in the past but recently he lacks both threat and economy. Dernbach and Broad aren't much better but both look better than Bresnan. We could obviously bring in Woakes which at least is a different body, I think Ali was in the squad before Root got injured so for me they should have brought in Patel - predominantly a batsman who can bowl a few useful overs. Actually he is quite capable of bowling the full quota. I believe they brought Bell in for Root and then basically said they had no intention of playing him - why? Patel may not be the best athlete but then Bres is hardly spritely either and Patel would have lengthened the batting as well as (IMO) come out with a todier set of bowling figures in most games

  • AKS286 on March 28, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I don't understand why Miller is having lower batting over he is a good player in Sub- continent as we seen in IPL.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    This is going to be an exciting match... can't really predict a winner, on their day both of them are with an equal chance of winning.

    For SA, though in absence of Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers will have to come good in this all so important match.. Duminy and de Villiers will be their key men coming into this match , and the bowling department its going to be dependent on Steyn and Tahir.!! It'll be probably a good move to include Wayne Parnell ahead of Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

    Incase of England Alex Hales will be the key. If he and Lumb can get them to a flying start then, they can chase any target down and also build an above par total. Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara , are going to be crucial. Bopara will have a good role to play with his medium pace...!!

    Hoping to see an exciting match.!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Ab de villiers play winning match innings

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    De villiers is play better than compare to previous match south africa easy win & steyn and tahir some wicketing over

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    These 2 teams went into the last WT20 ranked 1 & 2. Now they are arguably the 2 weakest full members in the format (perhaps bar the West Indies- the world champions). Ironic perhaps? Or just the nature of T20.

    Love the beard mention. Assume that the tv poll question tomorrow will be about them.

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Give Bopara and Moeen Ali more overs.

    Bresnan has to go. He has been poor for ages. At least Dernbach as looked respectable with the new ball. Bresnan has ust been woeful.

    Bring in a batsman. Kieswetter is more adept for T20 than Bell, and has played well recently domestically, although I'm not a massive fan of his. Perhaps Parry could come in as well if the pitch is going to be slow- and take out Dernbach/Broad. Broad has struggled in the last couple of games, so combined with his keeping an poor captaincy, should get a rest. Make Morgan captian- he is clearly a strong leader and tactically sound. The argument that it affects his batting- well he may have scored a 50 last match, but his form is still poor. Not too sure about Woakes because as I've said before he is an excellent red-ball allrounder, but not for white-ball cirkcet. He just often looks too innocuous.

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Ali 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Kieswetter 7.Bopara 8.Jordan 9.Tredwell 10.Parry 11.Dernbach

  • mrwolverine on March 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    South Africa Should add another spinner and not an extra spinner. You would already have an allrounder at 6 in Albie Morkel and the extra spinner would be a better option. Parnell can hit the ball well at this level. So an extra proper spinner which they do have can be very useful.

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    @GermanPlayer Behardein is quite useful with the ball, his slower pace could be just what SA needs. Hes in fairly good form with the bat too, just hope he isnt called upon when theres preasure. Bat first, bat big and then let steyn and tahir strangle the pommes out of the game.

  • neelabhsamvatsar on March 28, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    de kock can make the difference. sa need to bat first. thats the key to win.

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    comon saffers!!!

  • GermanPlayer on March 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    SA, for the love of God, please don't play Behardein and play more spinners. Learn something from the past.

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  • GermanPlayer on March 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    SA, for the love of God, please don't play Behardein and play more spinners. Learn something from the past.

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    comon saffers!!!

  • neelabhsamvatsar on March 28, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    de kock can make the difference. sa need to bat first. thats the key to win.

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    @GermanPlayer Behardein is quite useful with the ball, his slower pace could be just what SA needs. Hes in fairly good form with the bat too, just hope he isnt called upon when theres preasure. Bat first, bat big and then let steyn and tahir strangle the pommes out of the game.

  • mrwolverine on March 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    South Africa Should add another spinner and not an extra spinner. You would already have an allrounder at 6 in Albie Morkel and the extra spinner would be a better option. Parnell can hit the ball well at this level. So an extra proper spinner which they do have can be very useful.

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Give Bopara and Moeen Ali more overs.

    Bresnan has to go. He has been poor for ages. At least Dernbach as looked respectable with the new ball. Bresnan has ust been woeful.

    Bring in a batsman. Kieswetter is more adept for T20 than Bell, and has played well recently domestically, although I'm not a massive fan of his. Perhaps Parry could come in as well if the pitch is going to be slow- and take out Dernbach/Broad. Broad has struggled in the last couple of games, so combined with his keeping an poor captaincy, should get a rest. Make Morgan captian- he is clearly a strong leader and tactically sound. The argument that it affects his batting- well he may have scored a 50 last match, but his form is still poor. Not too sure about Woakes because as I've said before he is an excellent red-ball allrounder, but not for white-ball cirkcet. He just often looks too innocuous.

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Ali 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Kieswetter 7.Bopara 8.Jordan 9.Tredwell 10.Parry 11.Dernbach

  • CodandChips on March 28, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    These 2 teams went into the last WT20 ranked 1 & 2. Now they are arguably the 2 weakest full members in the format (perhaps bar the West Indies- the world champions). Ironic perhaps? Or just the nature of T20.

    Love the beard mention. Assume that the tv poll question tomorrow will be about them.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    De villiers is play better than compare to previous match south africa easy win & steyn and tahir some wicketing over

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Ab de villiers play winning match innings

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    This is going to be an exciting match... can't really predict a winner, on their day both of them are with an equal chance of winning.

    For SA, though in absence of Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers will have to come good in this all so important match.. Duminy and de Villiers will be their key men coming into this match , and the bowling department its going to be dependent on Steyn and Tahir.!! It'll be probably a good move to include Wayne Parnell ahead of Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

    Incase of England Alex Hales will be the key. If he and Lumb can get them to a flying start then, they can chase any target down and also build an above par total. Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara , are going to be crucial. Bopara will have a good role to play with his medium pace...!!

    Hoping to see an exciting match.!!