England bowl first; South Africa open with de Kock and Amla

Toss England won the toss and decided to bowl against South Africa
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Match Day: SA a formidable challenge for England

South Africa were asked to set England a target in their first appearance at this World T20 and they would do so with all three of the men who have opened the batting in the tournament build-up.

After a robust debate over whether Hashim Amla or Quinton de Kock would open with AB de Villiers, South Africa decided to play both and move de Villiers down the order, even though Faf du Plessis had earlier emphasised his preference for having de Villiers open.

That meant no room for either Rilee Rossouw or Farhaan Behardien in the line-up with South Africa’s tail starting at No.8. South Africa also dispensed with one of their two allrounders with David Wiese missing out to allow for the inclusion of the trio of Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada.

With dew likely to become a factor as the evening goes on and uncertainty over what a good total is, Morgan wanted his team to chase. Despite losing to West Indies two days ago, England decided to stick with the same XI. The pressure will be on those men, who will know that a second defeat will mean they have to rely on other results to go through to the knockouts.

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Jos Buttler (wk), 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Reece Topley

South Africa 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Kyle Abbott, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Imran Tahir

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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