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England will play South Africa in their first T20 cricket match on Wednesday, July 27, at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol. England have been especially busy in white ball cricket this summer. After a T20 series and ODI series with India, the English are playing South Africa in T20 and ODI series cricket.

On Sunday, England’s three-game ODI series with South Africa was declared a draw after the rubber match was drowned out by torrential English summer rain. Now, the two cricketing nations pick up the white ball to face off in a three-game T20 international.

England are the bookies’ favourite ahead of the T20 series opener in Bristol. South Africa will hope to upset the favourites on foreign soil.

South Africa defeated England in their first ODI series match by 62 runs. The English returned the favour on matchday No. 2 with a win by 118 runs. Now, with the teams facing off in T20, the short format will alter the way in which both teams play.

England’s big guns will be out to play the short format, while South Africa will counter with some fantastic cricketers of their own. Which side will come out on top in the first match?

England vs South Africa 1st T20 Betting Odds

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South Africa are the underdogs ahead of the first ball on Wednesday. The South Africans are at the best betting odds of 11/8 to win the match. England swept South Africa in the teams’ most recent T20 international meeting in December 2020.

England are at the best betting odds of 4/7 to win versus South Africa in the first match of the series. England have just shaded the head-to-head matchup with South Africa dating back to 2007. The English have 11 wins from 23 games.

England will have a strong line-up for the first match of the series. Jonny Bairstow had a strong ODI series versus South Africa and goes into the T20 series in good form. Bookies’ best betting odds on Bairstow to be England’s best batter are at 7/2.

Heinrich Klaasen played well with the bat against England on matchday No. 2 of the teams’ ODI series. Klaasen is in the T20 team and at the best betting odds of 9/1 to end day No. 1 as South Africa’s best batter.

Quinton de Kock is 11/4 to be the South Africans’ top batter. Anrich Nortje tallied two wickets against England on day No. 2 of the ODI series. He is at the best betting odds of 3/1 to be South Africa’s top bowler. For England, bowler Adil Rashid is in good form. He is at the best betting odds of 7/2 to be England’s top bowler while Reece Topley is at a tasty 3/1.

England vs South Africa T20 When is the first match?

The England versus South Africa day No. 1 T20 cricket match is on Wednesday, July 27. The match will be played in Bristol at the Seat Unique Stadium. The match will begin at 18:30 UK time.

What is the England vs South Africa T20 fixture list?

England and South Africa will play three T20 cricket fixtures in July. Here is the fixture list for the two T20 cricket rivals:

England vs. South Africa – Wednesday, July 27 at Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol

England vs. South Africa – Thursday, July 28 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

England vs. South Africa – Sunday, July 31 at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England vs South Africa T20 H2H

England and South Africa have played 22 times in T20 cricket dating back to September 2007. England have just edged the series with 11 wins while the South African team have picked up 10 victories. One match ended in no result and zero matches have ended in a draw.

England and South Africa last played T20 international cricket in November and December 2020. England won the series 3-0. The teams had previously met earlier in the year with England topping the South Africans 2-1.

England vs South Africa T20 Key Players

Liam Livingstone and Sam Curran both go into the first match with hot bats. Livingstone posted a 146.15 strike rate against South Africa on day No. 2 of the ODI series.

Curran went better with a strike rate of 194.44. Curran is 22/1 to be England’s top batter on the day. He could be worth a punt. Moeen Ali is also playing well for the English. He is at 13/2 to be the top bowler on Wednesday.

For South Africa, Klaasen was good in the ODI series and could stay hot in T20 play. Dwaine Pretorius is another to watch out for. South Africa could start the all-rounder along with Quinton De Kock to open the series.

Predicted teams:

England: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Adien Markram, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller (C), Henrich Klassen, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj

England vs South Africa 1st T20 Betting Tips

South Africa opened up the teams’ ODI series with a win by 62 runs. England were far better on day No. 2, winning by 118 runs. In England’s last two three-game series in ODI cricket, they dropped the first game, but won the second. Will the same trend occur in T20 international cricket this week?

England can be labelled as slow starters. The T20 format should force them to start much quicker than they have done. This could improve England’s play and help the gain a valuable T20 win this week. South Africa have a strong team, but England’s potential is high.

My betting tips prediction is for England to get a win with South Africa unable to replicate their form from last week. England should pick up the win at the best betting odds of 4/7.