South Africa’s victory at Adelaide in the 1st T20 and Australia’s win in the 2nd T20 was based upon the combination of energetic fast-bowling and some real hard-hitting. Both teams have shown what they are capable of, and with the third T20 of the series scheduled to take place on Sunday at Sydney, it’ll all come down as to who keeps nerve in crucial situations of the game.
Australia have been bolstered by the performance of their bowlers last night in the 2nd T20. Doug Bollinger, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins and Cameron Boyce made it real tough for the South African batsman to score. Faulkner was the highest wicket-taker with 3 wickets, but it was Cameron Boyce who stole the show with his outstanding spell of wrist bowling. He picked up 2 wickets. Pat Cummins is back fit and strong and the support he lent to the other bowlers was quite exceptional as he bowled at an economy rate of 2.75 and picked up one wicket. The batting also came good yesterday after the poor show in the 1st T20. Australia promoted Ben Dunk to the top of the order and he showed why its a position that he loves so much. Finch came back in form and with Watson hitting the ball well, it looks likely that South Africans are going to have a tough time tomorrow.
On the other hand, South Africa looked a bit off-colour yesterday. Their batting struggled a lot and JP Duminy was the lone batsman who showed some resistance. They have a pretty young lineup and for tomorrow’s all important match, Duminy must bat at three and Miller at four so that if a wicket falls down early, Quinton de Kock or Reeza Hendricks would be rather more comfortable batting with the experience of Duminy. It would be harsh to blame their bowling as the total for the yesterday’s match was very low to defend but the addition of Marchant de Lange to the playing eleven would provide the X-Factor to South Africa because he provides that extra pace and stability to the squad.
Probable Playing XI For Australia:
Aaron Finch (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron White, Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger.
Probable Playing XI For South Africa:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, JP Duminy (c), David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de lange, Imran Tahir
Time (IST): 02:05 P.M
Prediction: For sure it’s going to be a tight battle with both the teams fighting hard to win but expect South Africa to win the series because of calmness they have shown this year against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the crunch matches.