About the Match
After conquering the Kiwis in the recent ODI series, South Africa looks forward to start its campaign against hosts Australia on a positive note as the two nations meet for a 3-match T20 series followed by a 5-match ODI series later in the month. The first ODI is scheduled to be held on 5th Nov at Adelaide and both teams will try to gain confidence for the upcoming World Cup as they set the stage for the youngsters to perform here. While Australia XI got a shot in the arm by defeating the visitors in the tour match on Sunday by 22 runs, South Africa has had a good run this year and will put their best foot forward to continue with their winning momentum.
Led by Aaron Finch, who has been performing well in both international as well as domestic tournaments, the team comprises of young players like Kane Richardson, Nic Maddinson, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott and Cameron Boyce along with experienced players like Shane Watson, Doug Bollinger and Cameron White among others. In Ben Dunk, Ben Cutting and James Faulkner, the team has solid performers, who can deliver for the cause of the team and can be very strong in the middle; Watson has had a good break and will be eager to get some runs to his credit before the all- important series next year. Most players did well in the recently concluded Matador BBQ T20 cup and with a good balance of talent and experience Australia is well prepared for the protean onslaught. They need to be focused and ready to experiment the different bowling combinations if they want to upset the strong batting line-up of the opponent.
JP Duminy leads the side and though he missed out on some of the important matches recently due to injury, he has the capability to inspire his mates to give their best; with talented players like Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks on the team, the proteans are definitely pumped up about their chances here down under. Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson and Wayne Parnell are key assets and they will do well to take regular wickets and keep the pressure on the Aussie batting line-up; while Phangiso’s services will be missed, Peterson who replaces him will be a strong pillar to the team especially in critical situations. South Africa has recently defeated the Kiwis in the limited overs cricket and their confidence is high at the moment; this unit will be a tough one to beat if they can strategize well and execute to perfection. This will be a tough challenge but they need to be determined and start their campaign with a positive attitude if they want to get the better of the hosts in their own backyard.
Both teams will showcase young talent and try to build a good strategy against the weaknesses of the opponent; the side that can keep a cool head in difficult situations has better chances of emerging victorious. While South Africa lost the tour match on Sunday, they look well placed to surprise the Aussies and take the lead by winning the first T20 match.
South Africa, 2.20 @ Bet365