There wasn’t a single thing that the South Africans did wrong in the 1st T20 at Adelaide. Right from the start, they maintained the pressure on the Australians. The bowling, spearheaded by Kyle Abbott’s (3-23) did extremely well to restrict Australia to a small total. The fielding too was very sharp. The batting, lead by Rilee Rossouw’s 78 and Quinton de Kock‘s 46 made the job easy for the middle-order to finish the match. On the other hand, Australians have a lot to be sorted out if they are stay alive in the series. Their batting lacked fire-power and Shane Watson didn’t get the necessary support to score big. Their fielding was also a bit sloppy and the bowling could also have been a bit better. But what’s gone has gone and the focus should now be on the 2nd T20 that will be played at Melbourne tomorrow. 

As a team, Australia needs to do well. Their batting line-up is very talented but that experience to control the innings when wickets are falling was missing and just because of this, they have rushed Glenn Maxwell into the squad for the remaining two T20s. Shane Watson was playing brilliantly the other night but due to the lack of support, Australia wasn’t able to score big. So, the addition of Glenn Maxwell will not only boost the middle-order but will also allow Finch and Watson to play freely. The likes of Doug Bollinger, Pat Cummins and Cameron Boyce did well with the ball in the 1st T20 but they need to keep it more tight in the middle-overs if Australia are to go into the 3rd match with the series 1-1. 

As far as South Africa are concerned, they don’t have much to worry about. All the departments clicked in the 1st T20 and as they are now on the verge of a series win, a change in the line-up looks unlikely. I expect South Africa to go the distance tomorrow and register their first T20 series victory in Australia. 

Probable Playing XI for Australia:

Aaron Finch (c), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Reardon, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger.  

Probable Playing XI for South Africa:

Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

Date: 07/11/2014

Time (IST): 02:05 P.M

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