Both the T20Is have been final over thrillers in the series so far and one can expect the third T20I going down the wire too. In the first game, South Africa prevailed in the final over as Lungi Ngidi successfully defended seven runs off the final six balls.
In the second T20I, Tom Curran kept his nerves and defended 15 runs – he got two wickets on the final two balls. Going into the third T20I, expect both the teams to make a couple of changes in their lineups.
The SuperSport park does not have much for the spinners. Hence, both the teams will look to bring in pacers at the expense of slow bowlers.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
Dale Steyn is expected to walk back into the playing XI. The decision to rest him in the second T20I came as a surprise but South Africa have to manage his workload and give chances to other players as well. It will be interesting to see who makes way for the senior pacer in the decider.
Likely playing XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
The visiting team will surely look to move on from Joe Denly but for whom? Dawid Malan isn’t a number six batsman, so the think tank might go far Sam Curran – he can bat and bowl. Curran can also open; though England have as many as four openers in their line-up.
Likely playing XI: Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
My dream11 team for SA vs ENG 3rd T20I –
Jos Buttler, Jason Roy (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (Vice-Captain), Eoin Morgan, Dwaine Pretorius, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks