England will now aim to level the three-match series when they will take on South Africa in the second T20.
After losing the first Twenty20 match, England will now aim to level the three-match series when they will take on South Africa in the second T20 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Monday.
England who were already outplayed by upbeat South Africans in Tests by losing their world number one status, will be eyeing to settle score in the second match.
Jacques Kallis, who returned to international duty after being rested from the drawn one-day series against England, made 48 not out off 44 balls. Together with left-hander JP Duminy (47 not out) he shared an unbroken stand of 90 runs as South Africa went 1-0 up in the T20 series.
For England, their top order, which failed in the first match, need to come up. Wicketkeeper batsman Criag Kieswetter (25) was the top-scorer for the hosts. England will be expecting a good show from the opening batsman.
The Old Trafford track is considered to be a spinner friendly track and England would be aware of the Robin Peterson and Johan Botha threat.
Though England were off to a good start in the first T20, but apart from Kieswetter, the top order failed miserably and the home team was bundled out for just 118. Alex Hales, who was run out by Jacques Kallis for meagre 11, will be given another chance on Monday.
The poor run for Ravi Bopara continues and he scored six runs without a single wicket in the last match. Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow who are known for their devastating batting in the shorter format of the game, didn’t click in the previous match. Morgan and Bairstow could just score 10, 15 runs respectively.
In the bowling department, the England bowling attack seemed quite weak in the previous match. Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach shared three wickets between them. In the absence of Tim Bresnan and James Anderson, Finn and Dernbach will be leading the England bowling attack. On the spinner friendly track of Old Trafford, the services of Graeme Swann and Samit Patel will be of much help for England.
On the other hand, South Africa are balanced in every department. Though the opening batsman Richard Levi and skipper AB de Villers didn’t click in the first match, but a good knock will be expected from them.
Experienced Kallis and Duminy came in good with the bat in the first T20, with their sturdy 90-run partnership. The same kind of show from them will be expected by their skipper de Villiers and the South African team. The bowling department will be spearheaded by their most reliable Dale Steyn along with Lonwabo Tsotsobe. For South Africa, Botha and Peterson will hold key to the visiting team's bowling.
South Africa: 1 Richard Levi, 2 Jacques Kallis , 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt, wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Justin Ontong, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe
England: 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach