About the Match
Defeating hosts Australia in the opening T20 match of the series by a massive 7 wickets, South Africa took a 1-0 lead and look good to strengthen their position when the two teams go up against each other in the 2nd T20 match on 7th Nov at Adelaide. With the bowlers restricting the Aussie batsmen to 144 runs, the protean batting line-up put up a good fight to overcome the challenge and emerge victorious on Wednesday; the hosts will have to make a comeback now if they want to keep the series alive. It will be a live wire of a match and whichever side can use the talent and experience to its advantage will have the last laugh on Friday; it needs to be seen if the hosts can step up and rise to the expectations of the home crowd.
Although Shane Watson scored a tremendous 47 off 36 balls on his return to international cricket after a long hiatus and Faulkner stepped up in the lower order to take the total to 144 runs, the hosts weren’t able to defend the score and suffered defeat by 7 wickets in the opening match. It was their third consecutive international defeat across different formats of the game, after losing to Pakistan in the recent test series in the middle-east and they will now have to make a comeback in this do or die contest. T20I debutants Ben Dunk and Reardon could hardly withstand the pressure in the middle while Cameron White failed to go beyond 24; the bowling unit can definitely do much better in home conditions and must strategize well against the protean powerhouse of Rossouw, Duminy, Miller and de Kock. The team has the talent in Bollinger, Cummins, Faulkner and Richardson while seniors like Watson and Finch must inspire the players to do better by leading from the front.
It was a united effort by batsmen and bowlers that won them the match on Wednesday and will need to continue to play like a well-knit team to keep the winning momentum going. Rilee Rossouw making his T20I debut, posted an impressive 78 off 50 to steer the innings towards victory while Quinton with his 46 off 39 played the perfect partner as the duo put up a 129-run stand for the 2nd wicket. Earler, Kyle Abbott came through for the team as he claimed 3-21 to unsettle the Aussies and looks good to continue with his spell in the upcoming match too; Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Imran Tahir did justice to their talents by taking a wicket each and helping to restrict the hosts to a low total. Overall, the team has a good balance of result-oriented players, who are in good form and will be key to their success in the coming matches; Duminy needs to continue making the right decisions on the field to keep ahead of the Aussie strategists.
Australia is surely down on morale at the moment with its young teams suffering defeats across varied formats of the game; however, the hosts look well prepared to make a comeback here. Although South Africa has the psychological advantage of having won the first match, we feel Australia will bounce right back to level the series and take the decider to the third and final match.
Australia, 1.66 @ TitanBet