The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host the highly anticipated clash between England and South Africa on Saturday, 21 October.
Both England and South Africa are eager to recover from their recent surprising defeats. England, the defending champions, suffered a significant setback in their semi-final aspirations after a shocking loss to Afghanistan, leaving them with a solitary win and two points from their initial three matches.
South Africa, on the other hand, experienced a sudden halt to their impressive tournament start with a loss to the Netherlands.
The prospect of these two teams seeking redemption at the batting-friendly Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is particularly thrilling. Both teams are known for their powerful hitting, making this match a potential high-scoring affair.
A victory for England, led by Jos Buttler, would significantly boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages. The anticipated return of Ben Stokes from injury could further strengthen their lineup.
South Africa, meanwhile, could solidify their semi-final prospects with a win. They will draw confidence from their 2-1 series victory over England earlier this year.
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
South Africa Squad:
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.
Players to Watch
England – Reece Topley
Reece Topley, the towering left-arm bowler, is expected to play a crucial role in England’s bowling strategy. His ability to take early wickets and unsettle the South African middle order will be key to England’s success.
South Africa – Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock has been instrumental in South Africa’s initial victories, providing fast starts and setting the stage for his team’s powerful middle order. His century against Sri Lanka and another ton against Australia, both scored at a brisk pace, underline his importance to the team. South Africa’s middle order relies on a solid platform to launch their attack, and De Kock is the key to building that foundation.