Australia and South Africa are set to lock horns in Match No.13 of the super 12 of the T20 world cup on Saturday, October the 23rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Aussies, led by Aaron oscine, have had a troublesome time these days. They lost eight out of their last ten T20Is on their tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Moreover, they lost to India by eight wickets in the warm-ups. The Proteas, on the other hand, should be fairly high on confidence. Before the World cup, Temba Bavuma and Company beat Ireland, West Indies, and Sri Lanka in bilateral series. The Proteas also won their warm up games against Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Not often have we seen an Australian team troubled like the current one. Make no mistake, however; this Australian team contains a history of surprising teams in the ICC events which would happen to this match too. Australia is coming back off a good set of warm up matches; however, they need a lot to enhance and improve their team if they want to challenge the top sides.
The biggest drawback for the Aussies in recent times has been their batting. Not only is David Warner not in his best form, but also Aaron oscine has also not looked comfy at the crease either. With each opener experiencing a drought of runs, the vexation these days has been on Australia’s middle-order, to not only finish their innings with a flourish but also build once there are early losses.
Steven Smith scored a half-century against India and he was power-assisted by Marcus Stoinis and John Glenn Maxwell as Australia managed to post a good total. Considering the recent form of their roster, it’s safe to assume that John Glenn Maxwell can hold the key for Australia to try and do well not only in the upcoming matches but also in their future matches.
Just like South Africa, Australia’s bowling looks moderately settled. While they were more or less colorless against India, the bowlers did show some promise in their first warmup. Kane Richardson picked up 3 wickets and was power-assisted by Adam Zampa, who extracted smart facilitation from the surface. With Ashton Agar and John Glenn Maxwell out there to roll their arm as well, Australia has a well-balanced bowling unit with a variety of bowling choices out there.
SOUTH AFRICA PREVIEW
Even though South Africa is one of the most consistent limited-overs sides over the years, they’re still expecting their first world cup title, in any format. Not many are regarding them as extremely as a number of the other teams this season which is wherever they’ll fly underneath the radar and surprise everybody with their performance. They did manage to try and do that in the warm-ups and can be wanting to keep it up in the main event additionally.
South Africa is still in the reconstruction part with several of their most experienced players not available, however, their form hasn’t mirrored that. They’re coming back into this match on the back of seven consecutive wins with nearly everybody contributing well. They were brilliant in the warm-ups additionally – defeating Afghanistan in the first match then chasing down a lofty total against a flexible Pakistan attack.
The Proteas did well to lead up to the most event, however, they’ll still be cautious of the constraints they need to exhibit in their past few matches. Though their batsmen appear to be in tight form, they need not be laid-off in unison, yet. We saw a superb individual knock from Rassie van der Dussen in the second warmup, however, there was nobody who managed to go with him. Temba Bavuma did pay for his time in the middle; however, he was a bit too slow, considering he batted at the death.
Also, South Africa is still unsure concerning their opening combine as Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks both didn’t impress in the recent T20Is. Considering the shape Aiden Markram is in, we’d see him open with Quinton de Kock during this upcoming contest, which would build most sense too.
On the bowling front, however, there are only a few teams that will match their military posture. The presence of 2 express bowlers in Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada won’t only make them tough to face at the beginning, however, they might be a threat at the back-end of the innings also. Besides, the likes of Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Longyi Ngidi did a good job in the warm-ups.
All in all, South Africa has several visible flaws, however, all of them are often addressed pretty quickly. Also, most of their players featured in IPL, the expertise of taking part in which might be available in handy. Bowling is their strength and if their bowlers will deliver the products, South Africa would find themselves stunning one and all.
Match – Australia vs South Africa – Match 13
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has principally helped the batting teams go by numbers in the 2021 IPL. However, the spinners additionally got quite a little bit of help. Chasing ought to be the manner forward on the surface.
Average score: 142 (52 T20Is in Abu Dhabi)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – twenty-eight, Lost – 24, Tied – 0
AUSTRALIA VS SOUTH AFRICA HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS
Matches Played: twenty-one
Australia Won: nine
South Africa Won: twelve
Australia vs South Africa head-to-head record reveals a game that has been preponderantly dominated by South Africa with 2 victories compared to nine achieved by Australia. Still, Australia isn’t too far from setting this record straight with a few victories that might move them to level with South Africa.
IN T20 WORLD CUPS
Matches – 1
Australia – one
South Africa – zero
N/R – 0
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS
- Aaron oscine (C)
- David Warner
- Mitchell Marsh
- Steve Smith
- Glenn Maxwell
- Marcus Stoinis
- Matthew Wade (wk.)
- Ashton Agar
- Pat Cummins
- Mitchell Starc
- Adam Zampa
- Josh Hazlewood
- Josh Inglis
- Mitchell Swepson
- Kane Richardson
- Temba Bavuma (C)
- Quinton de Kock
- Aiden Markram
- Rassie van der Dussen
- Heinrich Klaasen
- Dwaine Pretorius/Lungi Ngidi
- David Miller
- Keshav Maharaj
- Kagiso Rabada
- Anrich Nortje
- Tabraiz Shamsi
- Dwaine Pretorius/Lungi Ngidi
- Bjorn Fortuin
- Wiaan Mulder
- Reeza Hendricks
The probable best batter of the match
Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Quinton de Kock isn’t in the best of the form of late. He was dropped from the eleven in the Mumbai Indians after a series of many poor shows. In the 2 warm-up games, the southpaw didn’t get into double digits. However, the left-handed de Kock was in an excellent bit once the Proteas locked horns with Ireland and also the Caribbean team.
Probable best bowler of the match
Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)
Tabraiz Shamsi is presently the ICC’s No.1 ranked bowler in T20Is. IN the last twelve months, the tweaker has made big leaps and bounds. He bowled exceptionally in the series against the However, West Indies, and Ireland. Except for learning wickets, he also made sure to keep a check on the run-scoring. The indweller batters ought to play him with caution.
Australia win @ 8/11
The batting line-up of Australia is probably going to profit from the pitch at the Sheikh Zayed stadium. The ground has seen some huge scores throughout the IPL 2021. Even supposing the length of the boundaries is kind of high, Australia had some huge hitters like Marcus Stoinis and Steve Smith to form the distinction.
Steve Smith over twenty-7.5 runs @ five/6
Steve Smith is keen on making the most of the engaging pitch, which ought to be adequate for batting. He has recently been through an honest run of form in the latest T20 matches. Australia’s batting line-up ought to be ready to form a good partnership to assist Smith to build the foremost of the pitch.
Pat Cummins over 1.5 wickets @ 6/5
Pat Cummins is probably going to indicate some first rustiness; however, he is ready to come back to first his best on an instead of later. it was shortly agone that Cummins was learning tons of wickets within the IPL 2021. The Australia vs South Africa match prediction is anticipated to witness an honest tally of wickets from Cummins.
TODAY’S MATCH PREDICTION: SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN THE MATCH.