South Africa will host England in the opening game of the two-match T20 series at the New Cape Town Stadium on Friday, Feb. 19, starting 6 PM local time and 4 PM GMT.

As per the ESPN sources, Faf du Plessis will lead the proceedings for South Africa in the shortest format of the game. After a successful ODI series, South Africa will be looking to bank on their home advantage to win the T20 series too.

England started the tour by thumping the hosts in the Test Series in their own backyard. But Quinton de Kock stepped up to the occasion to prove his mettle as a big-match player which proved to be the difference between the two sides. Even AB De Villiers didn’t lag behind to mark his presence. He took his side comfortably over the victory line chasing a modest total of 236 in the ODI series decider.

All-rounders will be the key in the T20 series, notes SkySports. Both teams have ample arsenal in their bag to rely on and it is time for the big guns to fire. According to experts Ben Stokes for England will be the player to look forward to as he has performed well under tough conditions. Moeen Ali will have to bring his A-game in the T20 format as well.


South Africa possible line up: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese

England possible line up: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes

Match Schedule

England vs South Africa, 1st T20

Date: Friday, 19 February 2016

Time: 6 PM Local Time, 4 PM GMT

Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Live Stream: Star Sports