South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20 Match Prediction2020-02-27
Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Australia all set to grab hold of the 3-match series by 2-1!
We are backing Australia to win!
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South Africa bounced back in the second T20I and kept the series alive for the showdown at Newlands in what promises to be another exciting contest for the fans to witness. Batting first, the Protea posted a modest 158 runs on board, with de Kock (70) scoring the bulk of runs for his side in the must-win duel. In return, the Aussies could amass only 148, as the top-notch performances from Lungi Ngidi (3/41), Tabraiz Shamsi (0/17) and Anrich Nortje turned the tides in their favor.
Australia, on the other hand, didn’t bat to the potential in the last match which cost them the chance to grab hold of a win and the series. Nevertheless, they would be happy to see David Warner (66*) getting back into his aggressive form and would require the performances from Steve Smith, Alex Carey, and skipper Aaron Finch to ensure a successful chase for the Aussies in the must-win encounter.
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Skipper Quinton de Kock, in particular, has been in red-hot form since the T20I series against England and with fellow batters, Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen will ensure that the scoreboard ticks for Protea in the third T20I. Rassie van der Dussen with his 26-ball 37 played a vital role at a stage when the hosts were finding it hard to counter Australia’s pace prowess.
Faf du Plessis and David Miller are among the most experienced in a current lot of South African cricketers in terms of participation in the T20I matches. Although the duo hasn’t fired so far, one shouldn’t undermine them as they can get those extra 40-50 runs in a span of few deliveries when needed. Bowling wise, pacer Lungi Ngidi (3/41) was at his usual best and will be the go-to bowler for South Africa in the powerplays.
Kagiso Rabada (1/27) and Anrich Nortje (1/24) were in a good nick as well and with Ngidi, the trio will aim to capitalize on the wicket-taking in their initial spell. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has been delivering those unplayable deliveries at just the right intervals which makes him a key player for Protea in the middle-overs.
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, PJ van Biljon, Lungi Ngidi
|Q de Kock||70||47||5||4||148.94|
|R van der Dussen||37||26||2||2||142.31|
|F du Plessis||15||14||1||0||107.14|
Aaron Finch and Steven Smith couldn’t do much in the previous match and will be itching to score the winning runs for their side in the must-win encounter. David Warner with his 53-ball 66 held the innings from an end for the Aussies in the second T20I and will look to don a similar role in the coming feud. Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh have been silent with the bat, and it is about time the duo notch up impressive numbers.
In the bowling department, all eyes would be the pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins as they will carry the onus of tearing through the rival lineup in the first few overs. With Kane Richardson showing finesse with his pace variations, the trio can be equally lethal in stopping the run flow in the slog overs. Adam Zampa might have been a bit expensive in the last outing, the team would still be reliant on his leg-breaks and googlies to wreak havoc in the middle overs.
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||18||0 mm.||2.69 k/h||From: S||7%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||2.94 k/h||From: S||13%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||3.53 k/h||From: S||34%|
|09h||22||0 mm.||4.31 k/h||From: S||77%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||5.99 k/h||From: S||39%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||6.55 k/h||From: S||1%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||7.22 k/h||From: S||1%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||6.61 k/h||From: SSE||81%|
It will be a mostly clear day at Newlands with the temperature gliding between 18-23 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels will be as high as 82 percent by the start of second innings which could help the batsmen, as the bowlers will have a hard time establishing a grip over the ball in the latter stages.
The wicket at Newlands offers help to the batters throughout. Bowlers might have something to offer in the first half due to a bit of sunny weather, but will be at a disadvantage once the humidity comes into play. Average first innings total at Newlands is 149 and thus, one can expect a high scoring contest in the coming T20I.
It would be ideal for the toss winning team to bowl first on this wicket. The team batting second has won 13 out of 20 matches played at this venue in the T20Is and with Newlands being a chasing ground, one can expect scores as high as 170-180 being chased without much duress.
Australia will go as the favorites for the must-win encounter. They have been in such situations one numerous occasion in the shorter formats and are well aware of performing to their potential when subject to such a situation.
Warner’s form with the bat along with the knocks from Finch and Smith can pose a threat for the opposition if not dealt early, while the trio of Cummins, Richardson, and Zampa would hold pivotal positions with the ball.
We are backing Australia to win!
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