England face South Africa in the first T20I on July 27, 2022, at Gloucestershire Cricket Ground in Bristol from 11.00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). 

The England cricket team lost 2-1 to India in their previous T20I series. Dawid Malan scored 117 runs in three games with the highest score of 77 for the Three Lions while Chris Jordan picked eight wickets. Moeen Ali also scored 71 runs in the first two games against India.

South Africa drew India 2-2 in their last T20I series. The South African cricket team had beaten India in the first two matches convincingly. The visitors then lost the next two games to the Men in Blue. India and South Africa shared the trophy after the last T20I was called off due to rain. Heinrich Klaasen scored 118 runs in four innings for the Proteas while Dwaine Pretorius picked five wickets in the series. 

England vs South Africa 1st T20I odds

10CRIC odds: England: 1.57, South Africa: 2.39

Betway odds: England: 1.55, South Africa: 2.37

Parimatch odds: England: 1.56, South Africa: 2.38

1xBet odds: England: 1.58, South Africa: 2.30

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

England vs South Africa head-to-head in T20I 

England have won 11 games while South Africa have won 10 in their 22 head-to-head encounters in this format; one game was abandoned.

England have won four while South Africa has won once in their last five head-to-head encounters In T20Is.

South Africa beat England by 10 runs in their last head-to-head T20I match in 2021.

England vs South Africa 1st T20I probable playing XI

EnglandJos Buttler (captain & wicket-keeper), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

South AfricaQuinton De Kock (wicket-keeper), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller (captain), Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada.

England vs South Africa 1st T20I top picks

EnglandJos Buttler will be the player to watch out for from the English side. Buttler has scored 2162 runs in 91 matches in this format. The wicket-keeper has scored 416 in 15 innings against South Africa in the shortest format.

South AfricaRassie van der Dussen will be the top pick from the South African side. The 33-year-old has scored 1030 runs in 39 innings at an average of 38.10 in T20Is. The right-handed batter has scored 315 runs in seven innings against England in T20Is. Van der Dussen scored 134 runs in the first ODI against England.

England vs South Africa 1st T20I prediction

England will start as favourites against South Africa. The hosts have the home advantage against the visitors. The Jos Buttler led-England side will go into the T20I series having drawn the ODI series against South Africa. 

South Africa have struggled against England in T20Is in recent times. The visitors will have an uphill task against a strong English side.

England vs South Africa 1st T20I playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 22°C

Precipitation: 10%

Humidity: 50%

Wind: 10 km/h