Both sides will be frustrated not to have the series sewn up already, though. South Africa will feel they threw away the second match on Friday evening with just three runs needed off two balls. A dead-eyed calm final two deliveries from Tom Curran, and a strange choice of shot from Bjorn Fortuin, saw England get over the line. In game one, it was the tourists who will have felt they let things slip, having needed just run a ball off the final seven deliveries with plenty of wickets in hand.
England’s squad is more or less at full bore although Jofra Archer, one of the first names on the team sheet, is missing through injury. As such, the game in Centurion arguably has more riding on it for Eoin Morgan’s team than it does for the home side. Should England fail to beat an inexperienced South Africa, even away from home, it would be an upset of sorts although not one they will be overly concerned with given the amount of time left before the World Cup. Nevertheless, they will certainly not want to lose.
The major question England have to ponder is what to do about Joe Denly. Scores of three and one in the series have only intensified the pressure on his place. Given he is batting in an unfamiliar position in the middle order, it’s hard not to feel for the Kent man. In asking him to adapt to a role he has barely played before, England have certainly not made things easy for him and with Dawid Malan on the sidelines, a player who scored a hundred in his last T20I innings, it would be no surprise should a change be made.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(w/c), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn, Reeza Hendricks, Petrus van Biljon, Sisanda Magala, Heinrich Klaasen
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Dawid Malan, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Sam Curran
When: February 16, 6:00 PM IST, 2:30 PM Local
Where: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Broadcast: The match will be broadcasted LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. The stream will also be broadcasted on Sony LIV.