England vs South Africa
The third game of one day series will be played on 29th May at Lords Cricket Ground at 15:00 IST.
South Africa made a mess of it to lose the game by 2 runs against England. AB de Villiers will not be pleased as two experienced players in David Miller and Chris Morris failed to finish the job. AB de Villiers tactics have not been up to the mark as some weird choices and selections have resulted in England winning the series. The fielding has been poor but batting has been good as Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers are in good form while Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis must be itching to get a big score for South Africa after failing to capitalize on good starts.
Morne Morkel has not played a game yet due to unknown reasons. He will play for South Africa in the last game while Andile Phehlukwayo or Keshav Maharaj might be dropped to accommodate Morkel and Imran Tahir in the final XI. JP Duminy will come in place of Farhan Behardien.
England look good on the batting front as everyone has contributed in terms of runs such as Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Even Moeen Ali smashed 77 runs in the first game to see England post 339 runs at Headingley. Mark Wood turned out to be hero of the game at Southampton as they defend 7 runs from the last over to see England clinch one day series. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett have been phenomenal.
South Africa’s poor death bowling: South Africa has started well in both the games but leaked runs at the backend of the innings. The visitors have leaked over 100 runs in both the games in the last ten overs.
Amla, De Villiers and Du Plessis need to score 100s: In order for South Africa to win the last game, the likes of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers must get big score for the side.
England proud record against South Africa at Lords: Hosts England has been victorious in all three games at Lords against South Africa. The last game was played in 2012 where England came out on top. It will take something for De Villiers and co. to dislodge England at Lords and avoid being whitewashed in the three-match series.
Top Players in terms of Batting: Quinton de Kock,AB de Villiers for South Africa while Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales for England
Top Bowling pick for Lords: Kagiso Rabada for South Africa and Liam Plunkett for England
Head to Head record:
Total games: 58 South Africa won: 28 England: 26 No result 3 Tied 1
In England, South Africa has played 22 games out of which 15 times England have been victorious whereas South Africa have won only 7 contests. In the last 7 games played in England between the two teams, England has won four matches while South Africa managed to win on two occasions.
The last game at Lords saw England winning over Ireland a few weeks back.