South Africa vs Australia, 2nd T20 Match Prediction2020-02-24
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Australia will aim to seal the series 2-0 in the second T20I!
We are expecting Australia to win!
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Having won the first of 3-match T20Is by a whopping margin of 107-runs, Australia will deploy whatever measures necessary to ensure a similar scorecard in the upcoming game at St George’s Park.
The platform was set by the duo of Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, but it was the Ashton Agar that came as a surprise package for the Protea and ensured complete dominance over the same in the last T20I. The all-rounder scored 9-ball 20 in the first innings and followed with figures of 5/24 which single-handedly decimate the entire opposition.
South Africa was clearly outwitted by the Aussies in the batting and bowling departments and will look to rectify their mistakes in the second T20I. The Protea was once again, reliant on the performances of one or more players which cost the opening match of the series. Neither bowling nor the batting unit clicked for the hosts, with the trio of Steyn (2/31), Shamsi (2/31), and du Plessis (24) grabbing comparatively decent numbers to their name. The second T20I would be a do or die contest for the hosts if they are looking to stay alive in the 3-match series.
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Openers Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen need to stitch a match-winning partnership else they might lose out their chances of regaining the series. Both were dismissed cheaply in the last outing and will be itching to score the bulk of runs in the must-win match at Port Elizabeth.
Faf du Plessis will have to play the role of an anchorman in the coming game, considering he is among the most experienced batters in the current Protea setup. In the middle-order, David Miller and Heinrich Klaassen would have to up their performances and with the left-hand right-hand combination offered by the duo, the Aussies would find it a bit difficult to counter and take wickets.
Pacer Dale Steyn (2/31) had a decent day at work in the previous T20I. The duo of Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo registered expensive figures int he lats outing and alongside Steyn will be expected to rip through the rivals’ top and middle-order. Left-arm unorthodox Tabraiz Shamsi (2/31) was at his usual best and would be the go-to bowler in the middle-overs.
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, PJ van Biljon, Lungi Ngidi
|F du Plessis||24||22||3||0||109.09|
|P van Biljon||16||15||2||0||106.67|
Aaron Finch (42) and Steve Smith (45) scored the chunk of runs for Australia and once again, they would be relied to maximize on the boundary hitting in the powerplays. Southpaw David Warner missed out on a scoring chance in the previous game and can be banked to come up with an impressive show in the upcoming encounter.
Wicket-keeper Alex Carey (27) played a crucial role in the middle-order with his ones and twos followed by occasional boundaries across the stadium. The duo Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh had a terrific run with the bat in BBL 2019-20 and will look to exhibit similar performances in the remaining matches.
Pacers Mitchell Starc (1/23) and Pat Cummins (2/13) sent the top and middle-order players back to the pavilion, but it was the mind-boggling exhibition from Ashton Agar (5/24) which comprised a hat-trick and did the work of uprooting the entire Protea unit. Kane Richardson (0/20) bowled the right lengths with pacer variations came up with an economical figure, and with ace leg-spinner, Adam Zampa (2/9) will be hoping to replicate their numbers at St George’s Park.
Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, KW Richardson, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||5.41 k/h||From: S||76%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||2.71 k/h||From: S||43%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: SSW||65%|
|09h||20||0.13 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: S||41%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.74 k/h||From: SSE||29%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||4.89 k/h||From: SE||8%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||3.44 k/h||From: ESE||20%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||2.88 k/h||From: E||70%|
Clouds are being anticipated in the first half of play but luckily, no chances of rain can be expected. The weather will turn partly sunny during the second innings. The temperature would hover between 18-22 degrees Celsius throughout the course of the game.
Although not many T20I matches have been played at this venue, one can still expect 150 as a par total on this wicket. Bowlers, especially pacers, will be up for advantage in the first innings as they will be getting the desired seam and swing from the overcast conditions.
It would be advisable for the toss winning team to opt to bowl first on this occasion. The sunny weather in the second half would make the scoring easier for the batsmen as the ball would be coming onto the bat quite nicely. Cloudy conditions assist the seamers, and both the teams are potent with some of the best T20 specialists who will look to grab wickets early in the contest.
The kind of performance that has been put by the tourists in the first T20I, one shouldn’t be surprised if they manage to emulate the same in the must-win game at St George’s Park. The trio of Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Steven Smith would once again hold the key with the bat, while the onus of affecting wickets will be shared by the quartet of Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc.
We are expecting Australia to win!
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