SA REDEMPTION: South Africa will be determined to atone for their 39 run-loss to England in the first ODI when they meet the visitors at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Kyle Abbott is set to return after rehabilitation to his left hamstring-injury was completed.
SIX-FIVE SPLIT?: South Africa employed a 7/4-split, or seven specialist batsmen and four bowlers in the first ODI. Will they use a different split on Saturday, or persist with JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien as combined fifth bowler. They conceded 93 runs on Wednesday collectively.
De Kock-magic: Quinton de Kock has come of age and has scored eight centuries since August 2015. He hammered four tons for South Africa, three for South Africa A and one for The Unlimited Titans. That is the sign of rich form. He is a quick learner and his shot-selection has improved markedly.
TOSS VITAL: South Africa has historically proved that they are better at setting targets than chasing them. Winning the toss and batting first could be vital, but it depends on the conditions at St. George's Park.
ENGLAND-DEPTH: The England-team currently is spoiled with three true all-rounders, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad. That is where South Africa is battling. JP Duminy needs to return to the form that saw him take a hat-trick against Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup in 2015.
TOSS: South Africa won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI at St. George's Park in Bloemfontein. Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott return and replace Chris Morris and Marchant de Lange. It is a better bowling attack, but fifth bowler still a concern.
- South Africa
SA TEAM: AB de Villiers (capt), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du plessis, JP Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
ENGLAND TEAM: Eoin Morgan (capt), Ales Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Josh Butler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Reece Topley.
PITCH AND WEATHER: There are good batting conditions at St. George's Park. South Africa need less half-volleys, full tosses and long hops in order to exert control. There are a good grass covering, but it might be a touch slow.
WIND: The wind will be blowing at 65 km/h later on in the day, and that might be a blessing and a curse to the bowlers. It might assist out-swing from one end, but it can also challenge bowlers in their run-up. Mike Holding says 280 can be a par-score at St. George's Park.
SA RECORD AT ST. GEORGE'S PARK: South Africa has won 18 One Day Internationals at St. George's Park in 29 matches and has lost 10 matches, so this has not been a fortress. South Africa has a better bowling attack after the drubbing their bowlers received in Bloemfontein. South Africa will look at a score of 330 or more.
WICKET: Hashim Amla is bowled by a delivery by Reece Topley that swung back into the batsman and then straightened and hit the off-stump. Amla is gone for 4. England is bowling a full length and both Topley and David Willey are swinging it. It is very attacking and fearless bowling.
SA APPROACH: The first ten overs will be sedate from a South African point of view. David Willey has beaten Quinton de Kock twice and Topley has taken Amla's wicket. Both left-arm swing bowlers are bowling full and the ball is moving. South Africa needs to stem the tide in the first ten overs and then attack.
SA DILEMMA: England has bowled three maidens. South Africa cannot hit through the line because it is quite slow, and in the conditions that are not that hot, the ball is swinging. Faf du Plessis takes a single to get the scoreboard going as the hosts move to 5 for one. Sarcastic applause.
SHOT: Quinton de Kock breaks the shackles by driving the ball through the covers to open his account with a four. He has looked slightly edgy against Reece Topley and has nicked a delivery just short of second slip in the same over.
PACE OF PITCH: Quinton de Kock faced 15 deliveries before he opened his account. Since then it seems he has picked up the pace of the wicket slightly better. He just pulled a shorter delivery by David Willey to mid-wicket for a single with ease. Willey has been bowling miserly, conceding 2 runs in three overs.
QUINTON BATTLES: Quinton de Kock has twice got a leading edge off deliveries that just gripped in the pitch, and he has got away with it. The pitch is slightly slow so he cannot play his usual free-flowing game.
MOMENTUM: Faf du Plessis gets into his groove with two successive fours. The last one was well-controlled, a clip off his toes to fine leg, but the first was in the air to deep mid-wicket and just evaded the fingers of the England fielder before it trotted over the mid-wicket boundary. Du Plessis moves South Africa to 23 for one after 7 overs.
STOKES-MOVE: England has just replaced Reece Topley with Ben Stokes. It is slightly puzzling, because Stokes doesn't always bowl that full. Maybe they could have persisted with their swing attack a bit longer.
WOW!: Quinton de Kock plays a glorious straight strive past mid-off off Ben Stokes in his first over. That was comfortably the shot of the day. It was not a half-volley, but he played on the up with excellent timing. De Kock picks up the length and pace of the ball very well.
SA ADJUSTMENT: South Africa has made a summary of conditions and are charging the England bowlers a bit. Faf du Plessis hits a four by waltzing down the pitch. Two balls later he clobbers David Willey for a glorious six over mid-wicket as Willey, fearful for a front-foot drive, pitches it short.
WILLEY UNDER FIRE: David Willey is under siege, as Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock smashed 15 runs in an over off him and South Africa moves to 53 for one. The ball has stopped swinging, and Du Plessis gave Willey the charge in that over, which unnerved him.
ADIL-MOVE: England has opted to use the leg-spinner Adil Rashid as a ploy to move the out-of-form AB de Villiers. De Villiers has scored 0,0,0 and 8 in his last four innings. But it is a strange move by England, as AB is one of the best batsmen in the world against slow bowlers.
AB WORRY: The commentators are mentioning AB de Villiers' lack of movement as one of his greatest weaknesses at the moment. Perhaps his lack of confidence is more of a worry. Right now, he is using his feet well and looks positive.
FAF-FORM: Faf du Plessis has played with greater confidence in the ODI-series and has come out with positive intent despite the excellent swing bowling by David Willey and Reece Topley early on. He can get a big one at St. George's Park. Right now, Ben Stokes is bowling splendidly, though.
ROTATE: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis are rotating the strike well, and it might just be to De Villiers' advantage so that Ben Stokes cannot build pressure against him. Stokes is changing his pace well and is using the off-cutter to ask questions.
FAF MIND-SET: Faf du Plessis is dynamic right now, is taking the singles and twos against the leg-spinner Adil Rashis, who has not settled yet. It seems that his adventurous approach is assisting the under-pressure AB de Villiers.
PAR-SCORE 280? The commentators are talking about 280 as a par-score at St. George's Park. It might be useful, but it is no winning score. The game has changed since the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and 300 no longer worries teams, especially a dynamic and attacking team like England. South Africa should pursue 330.
SHOT: Faf du Plessis drives Ben Stokes over the covers for a magnificent four. This is a different Faf du Plessis. He has dug himself into a hole in the tests with a negative and ultra-defensive mind-set. Now he is attacking. Great to see.
DRINKS: Faf du Plessis is on the prowl, having scored 40 off 42 balls and he has powered South Africa to 78 for two after 17 overs. South Africa is in an excellent position thanks to Faf's aggressive frame of mind.
RASHID-PLOY: The leg-spinner Adil Rashid is getting drift through the air, but Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers are picking him off by taking singles at will. South Africa is getting five runs an over without extending themselves or playing a shot in anger.
SHOT: AB jou lekker ding, roars the crowd as AB de Villiers plays a fine reverse sweep for four off Moeen Ali. South Africa moves to 93 for two. That shot goes past fine leg for a boundary. It was an audacious shot, more like the De Villiers off old.