Match 20: England Wins Toss, Elects to Field Against South Africa
England’s skipper, Jos Buttler, won the toss and decided to field first in Mumbai. The team has made three alterations to their lineup following their defeat to Afghanistan. Ben Stokes, David Willey, and Gus Atkinson have been brought in to replace Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s camp announced that Temba Bavuma will not be playing due to illness, with Aiden Markram stepping up as captain in his absence. Bavuma’s spot in the lineup has been filled by Reeza Hendricks.
Both teams are coming into this match following unexpected losses to teams with less international experience. England was taken by surprise by Afghanistan in Delhi, while South Africa was defeated by the Netherlands in Dharamsala.
England’s defeat to Afghanistan leaves them with only two points from three games. The reigning champions are keen to make a comeback before it’s too late. South Africa, on the other hand, is hoping that their loss to the Netherlands was just a minor setback in their campaign.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c) (wk), David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood, Reece Topley.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.