England pulled off a come-from-behind victory against South Africa to go 1-0 up in the T20I series. South Africa will be itching to make a comeback. Though England remain to be a better side on paper, the home side displayed they have enough credentials to emerge victorious. The second T20I will be played at the Boland Park in Paarl on November 29.
This will be Paarl’s T20I debut. Overall, Paarl has hosted 56 T20 games with 8 of them taking place since 2019.
During this period, Paarl has witnessed the highest batting average amongst venues with at least 10 T20I innings. Going by this data, one can expect a batting friendly pitch for the second T20I. Both sides have number of destructive batsmen.
Spinners in T20s at Paarl since 2019 have been economical but have not produced enough wickets. Pacers have trumped their spin counterparts even in the middle-overs - a phase where spinners are expected to be dominant.
Quite strangely, spinners have done well in Paarl in the death overs - 20 runs per wicket as compared to 31.3 by pacers in the phase. Both sides, however, don’t have spinners to bowl in the death.
Overall, Paarl is supposed to be a batting track and the priority should lie in picking the best of batsmen alongside pace bowlers.
Faf du Plessis has shown a rich vein of form since IPL 2020. He was Chennai’s highest run scorer, accruing 449 runs at an average of 40.8. The strike-rate was also impressive at 140.8. Even with Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen in the side, South Africa’s batting depends a lot on du Plessis and it was evident during the first T20I in Cape Town.
Du Plessis scored an impressive 58 from 40 balls, playing a pivotal role in South Africa’s attaining 179 in their innings. He will again be at the helm of things in second T20I and some of the strokes that he played in the series opener suggested South Africa can bank on him to produce relevant scores consistently. And so can you to double your points through him in your fantasy side.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, du Plessis could score 17-40 runs in this match.
Like du Plessis, Sam Curran was also a bright spot in an otherwise falling campaign of Chennai in IPL 2020. Curran was their highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps while bowling in as many innings. He showcased himself as an evolving T20 bowler, mixing cutters with impressive short balls. He exhibited the same in the first T20I, eventually picking three wickets. The current form and confidence he brings with it makes him a good candidate to be the vice-captain of your fantasy side. If luck prevails, he can also contribute to your side with his batting expertise.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Curran could pick 0-1 wickets in this match.
The wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock played a massive role for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 and helped them win their fifth title. The left-handed opener scored 503 runs at an average of 35.93 and a strike rate of 140.5. No other South African batsman has scored more runs than de Kock in T20Is since 2019. He has only played nine games in this time period but has managed to slam 382 runs at an average of 42.4 and a strike rate of 157.2. He didn’t seem to be at his best in the first T20I but still scored 30. In case he finds his touch, he can score a lot more.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, de Kock could score 17-40 runs in this match.
Jonny Bairstow might be batting in a new position but he seemed to have embraced the roleplay in the first T20I. Batting at four, he produced a match-winning knock of 86 not out which is also his highest T20I score. Moreover, he enjoys playing T20 cricket in South Africa. He has played four T20Is in the Rainbow Nation - all in 2020 - and has scored 208 runs (average 69.3, strike-rate 176). The only reason he is not suggested as captain or vice-captain in this article is because he will be batting at four and if the top three fires, it will limit Bairstow’s role in the game.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Bairstow could score 17-40 runs in this match.