South Africa has defeated world champions England twice in a row to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. On Wednesday, the third match of the series will be played at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. Despite the fact that it is a dead rubber, South Africa has a lot on the line with World Cup qualification on the line. They have already gained 10 World Cup Super League points from this series, putting them in ninth place on the table.
The 3rd ODI between South Africa vs England will take place on February 1st, 2023 at Wankhede Diamond Oval, Kimberley.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs England, 3rd ODI, England Tour of South Africa 2023
Date: February 01, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Diamond Oval, Kimberley
South Africa won the series with a magnificent chase against England in the second ODI. Chasing a target of 343 appeared to be a difficult task, but the South African batters made light work of it, finishing with five balls to spare. The chase was set in motion by Temba Bavuma’s brilliant century of 109 off 102 balls. The final touches were provided by David Miller (59* off 37 balls) and Marco Jansen.
This South African batting lineup is powerful and bats deep. Quinton de Kock may have failed in the first two One-Day Internationals, but he’s a capable ODI opener. Aiden Markram, who scored 49 off 43 balls in the second ODI, is a reliable middle-order batsman. South Africa’s batting is looking good, with Miller in fine form and Jansen proving to be a useful lower-order batsman.
South Africa has four top-class pacers in Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, and Marco Jansen who can succeed on any wicket. They may have gone for some runs in the previous match, but the wicket was rather flat. Keshav Maharaj’s left-arm spin keeps things tight and is proving to be a more reliable option than Tabraiz Shamsi’s leg spin.
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Rassie van der Dussen, Keshav Maharaj, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Players to watch out for:
Rassie van der Dussen
After scoring a century in the first ODI, Van der Dussen made a strong start in the second. As a result, he should be able to use the English bowling lineup to his advantage in the final matchup as well.
The South African right-arm pacer has been the series’ best bowler. He will undoubtedly cause problems for the English middle-order in the third ODI.
After receiving a lot of flak for his captaincy struggles, Bavuma responded with a century. He is likely to continue his upward trend in the third ODI.
Possible Playing XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
The defeat in the second One-Day International against South Africa was England’s fifth in a row, their worst run since the 2015 World Cup. While other teams would have panicked by now, England should not be overly concerned. They did post a healthy 342-7 total in the second ODI, thanks to some fine knocks from skipper Jos Buttler (94* off 82 balls), Harry Brook (80 off 75 balls), and Moeen Ali (51 off 44 balls). They have an incredible batting depth, with Sam Curran slotting in at No. 8. Buttler hasn’t been at his fluent best, but he’s getting there, and a massive knock is on the way.
The team, on the other hand, would be concerned about the lack of bite in their bowling. In the previous match, Chris Woakes bowled 6.1 overs for 60 runs. Adil Rashid (2-72 in 10 overs) and Reece Topley (0-74 in 9 overs) were also costly. On this batting deck, Olly Stone impressed with a spell of 2-48 off 10 overs. England may reintroduce Jofra Archer in place of Topley in the final ODI.
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Dawid Malan. Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes
Players to watch out for:
If this top-order Englishman gets going, the Proteas have little chance of dismissing him before he gets into the three figures with his attacking style of play.
Given that De Beers Stadium is a difficult wicket to bat on, the English captain will be called upon to stabilise and compose his team’s batting innings.
This right-arm fast bowler has taken three wickets in these two ODIs, with an economy rate of less than 5.5 in both.
Possible Playing XI:
Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Jofra Archer
South Africa vs England Top Team Batsmen
Temba Bavuna, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram will be the best South African batting picks, as all three have shown glimpses of their ability to deal with the English bowling lineup. Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, and captain Jimmy Butler, on the other hand, are the three batsmen who will be responsible for using their experience to help England win this game for pride.
South Africa vs England Top Team Bowlers
The two best bowlers to choose from the South African lineup are Sisanda Magala, the Man of the Match in the first ODI, and Anrich Nortje. However, if Rabada plays, he can be added to one’s fantasy team as well. Whereas for England, Olly Stones and Sam Curran are expected to take multiple wickets on the given track.
South Africa vs England Head to Head
South Africa has defeated England three times in the last five One-Day Internationals and has won four games more than the same opposition in the overall head-to-head battle.
South Africa vs England Head to Head Stats in ODI
South Africa vs England Toss Prediction
The chasing side has won 11 of the 14 ODIs played here. As a result, the team that wins the toss will most likely bat second.
South Africa vs England Pitch Report
The Diamond Oval in Kimberley has hosted 14 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The average score when batting first is 223. Sri Lanka’s highest total at the venue is 304-5 against South Africa while chasing a target of 300. In this game, the team batting first should aim for a target of around 280 runs.
Kimberley’s pitch at the Diamond Oval is well-balanced. It won’t be as flat as the one seen in the first two ODIs at Mangaung Oval. Throughout, seam bowlers will benefit, but batters who take their time to settle in will have a chance to make big runs.
During the match, a stray afternoon thunderstorm is expected in Kimberley. We should, however, get a full game.
South Africa vs England Prediction
South Africa would like to make it 3-0 by winning the third and final ODI after winning the series. They have important World Cup Super League points to gain, as previously stated, and will not take anything lightly. England has now lost another ODI series, which is cause for concern. The world champions, on the other hand, still have enough firepower in their ranks to beat the best. After a solid win or two, one would expect them to return to their winning ways. Perhaps the third ODI will pave the way. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
England is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.75.
South Africa vs England Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Olly Stone, who took two wickets at a 5.31 economy rate in the previous match, could be the pick of England’s bowlers.