England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
England vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

England and South Africa will be going head to head against each other in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series on Thursday. The first game of the series took place on Wednesday at the County Ground in Bristol wherein the hosts won the game by a margin of 41 runs. Moeen Ali was rewarded the Man of the Match award for his all-round contribution to the game.

Batting first, England smashed a total of 234 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs. There were fireworks from the English batters including Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, and Moeen Ali who crushed the Proteas bowling attack and came up with the 2nd highest T20I score in the history of T20 cricket.

Tristan Stubbs
Tristan Stubbs (Image Credits: Twitter)

In response, the South African batting lineup couldn’t respond as they would have wanted to. Reeza Hendricks came up with a half-century in the initial part of the Proteas innings. Tristan Stubbs stunned the English fans for a while as he smashed 72 runs off just 28 balls but as his wicket perished, the South African innings crumbled at 193 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs.

The ODI series between both the teams ended in a draw as both England and South Africa had won a game each before the final game of the series was washed out due to rain. If England manages to win the 2nd T20I against South Africa, they will clinch the T20I series which will be followed by a 3-match Test series between both teams.

England vs South Africa 1st T20I
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ENG vs SA: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Sophia Gardens, Cardiff- South Africa tour of England 2022, 2nd T20I

The weather in Cardiff is supposed to be on the cooler side today with the maximum temperature going up to 14 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature expected to be around 11 degrees Celsius. Clouds are expected to hover around the city throughout the day but rain will likely stay away from the game as there is only a 1 per cent chance of precipitation in today’s forecast.

Cardiff has been a low-scoring ground historically but this new England team might go past 200 in today’s game too. The average first innings score at this venue in T20I cricket has been 138 runs while the average second innings score in T20I cricket has been 137 runs only. The highest score in T20I cricket at Sophia Gardens has been 182 runs for the loss of 5 wickets while the lowest score has been 89 runs.

The highest chased score at the venue is 175 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Historically, the pitch is expected to be sticky and there might be a bit of dual bounce on the surface.