After having maintained their Choker tag in the recently finished ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by failing in the Semi-Finals , the Protean Side were again on the verge of another humiliating series defeat when they were defeated by the hosts England in the 1st T20 by huge 9 wickets. Bu having managed to win the second game in an extremely close encounter and in a specially dramatic 3 run win, the Proteans managed to play the decider game under the virtue of the series being tied.
For the English Side this was surely frustrating since they lost an easy opportunity to clinch the series and make the third game a mere formality.
South African Team would be surely worrying about their middle order since it is failing often and not surfacing every time on the pitch to deliver a match winning performance. Bowling department might be also a concern since in the previous match except Morris no bowler could restrict his economy under 6 or 7. Proteans also gave 15 extras as compared to the hosts, sparing just 5.
Jos Buttler (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Mason Crane
South Africa Squad
Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), AB de Villiers (c), JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Morne Morkel, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius