England will play their second match in the Group 1 fixture against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, on Friday, March 18, starting 7:30 pm local time and 2 pm GMT.
According to the Bleacher Report, the English team suffered their first blows against West Indies on the same ground owing to the “Gayle Storm”. He scored one of the fastest centuries in the shortest format of the game to seal a six-wicket victory. England’s bowling tried to do the damage early on but Gayle 100 of just 48 balls took the game away from them.
Batting emerged to be a positive factor for England as they posted more than 180 in 20 overs. Joe Root has been particularly consistent over the past 12-months.
Sky Sports pundit Bob Willis says that there are some “fragilities that the English team can exploit during Friday’s clash against South Africa.”
He says, “South Africa are beatable in T20 cricket – they have some star batsmen, namely AB de Villiers, but their bowling is suspect and not quite what it used to be.
“It really is the old cliché of a must-win match as if England lose to South Africa it will be very difficult to get in the top-two places.
South Africa is a tough side to beat. AB de Villiers has been in good shape and their bowling looks strong with Imran Tahir leading the spin attack.
England: Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, David Willey, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Liam Plunkett
South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
England vs South Africa, Group 1
Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Start time: 7:30 p.m local time, 2 p.m GMT
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India
Live Stream: Star Sports
Live on: Channel 9 and Fox Sports (Australia), ESPN Star and Star Sports (India), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), Sky Sports 2 (United Kingdom), Willow TV (USA and Canada)