About the Match
South Africa will face Australia in the second T20 match at Durban on Mar 12th; rain washed away the first match of the T20 series on Sunday, leaving the teams with just two matches in hand to take home the title before gearing up for the competitive T20 challenge that waits for them at Bangladesh. While Australia has made headway, claiming the Test series, South Africa is not far behind and looks positive for redemption here; both sides have excellent players with good repertoire in this format of the game and having been exposed to a rigorous season of T20 cricket last year, they are surely going to dominate each other fiercely to throw up an interesting contest for their fans.
The batting line-up is very strong with players like Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, AB de Viliers, Behardien and the captain himself, Faf du Plessis, who have done a good job in the past few months. The bowling attack will be feared by the opponents with the pacemen having the advantage of playing on known territories; though Dale Steyn will miss the match due to injury, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Tsotsobe, Phangiso and Imran Tahir will have many tricks up their sleeves to dismiss the Aussies. The squad will be focused on coming up with an inspired performance to boost their morale and take the lead here; though the visitors will be quite a tough nut to crack, the Proteas’ would definitely have worked up a strategy to take the opponents by surprise.
The team has been upbeat with its performance lately and the players are eager to prove themselves once again; Shane Watson and Brad Hodge have been included keeping the upcoming World T20 series in mind and will be the strong pillars here. David Warner, Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian and George Bailey are masters in this format of the game and have time and again won matches for the side. The bowlers are in top form too, though the services of Mitchell Johnson will be missed; players like Nathan Coulter Nile, James Muirhead, Moises Henriques, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc and the experienced Brad Hogg, make this squad a tough team to beat. While the Aussies definitely have the psychological advantage having won the Test series, they will tread carefully in the upcoming match and continue with their winning momentum.
The Australian squad has a good mix of experienced players and enthusiastic youngsters, who have been performing consistently and winning matches in the T20 format; on the other hand, South Africa is building a young team that will depend heavily on the guidance of the established players though some of them have held their ground in the domestic circuit of late. While the contest promises to go down to the wire, the Protease look ready for the challenge and might just succeed in swinging the result in its favour.
Australia, 1.72 @ Titan Bet