Match Preview England vs South Africa, 2nd T20I 2017

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June 23, 2017
Start time 5pm local (1600 GMT)

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What are we to make of South Africa’s efforts on their tour of England so far? They arrived in the country as the world’s No.1 ODI side, but having impressed only in spurts in their 2-1 series defeat against England, they were dumped out in the group stages of the Champions Trophy after a pair of scatter-brained defeats to India and Pakistan. And now it’s hard to know which direction they think they are pointing after a puzzling loss in the opening T20I at the Ageas Bowl.

There were signs of obvious life while AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien were adding 110 runs for South Africa’s fourth wicket to revive their side from a perilous 32 for 3. The trouble is, they gnawed through 95 balls in doing so, all the while giving off the vibe of two men…

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