Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v Australia 3rd T20I
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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa v Australia 2rd T20I
The 3rd match of the three-match T20I series between South Africa and Australia will be played at Newlands in Cape Town.
Australia's run of 11 consecutive wins in completed games across the formats was broken in India in January, when they lost the last two ODIs of the series. As far as the T20Is are concerned, the team had won their last eight completed games, a streak which began in February, 2019 and ended in the last game.
The visitors are looking settled and there is not much scope for a change. Mitchell Starc was expensive in the last T20I but with the series on the line, the chances of the team bringing in either of Sean Abbott or Jhye Richardson in place of the southpaw are negligible.
South Africa have had a couple of selection concerns. Temba Bavuma was expected to be available for the second game after recovering from a hamstring strain but that was not the case. Reeza Hendricks was added to the squad as a last minute resort and was included in the playing XI straight away.
Henrich Klaasen, who scored an explosive half-century in the last T20I against England, also picked up a hip injury and could not be included. Pite van Biljon has taken his place in the XI.
South Africa had their backs to the wall while defending a below par total of 158 in the last game but some great death bowling from Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje brought them the victory. It was a remarkable turnaround and will keep the Protea spirits afloat for the decider.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma/Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Pite van Biljon, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams
Quinton de Kock – as predicted, he came back strong in 2nd T20I and is in great form
Faf Du Plessis – is due a big score for the Proteas
Tabraiz Shamsi – has been in great form with the ball
David Warner – as predicted, top scored for Australia in 2nd T20I
Matthew Wade – one of the most explosive batsmen in T20 cricket – missed out in 1st T20I and 2nd T20I – he won’t miss out again!
Ashton Agar 5-24 in 1st T20I against South Africa – stunning performance – will he repeat that feat in the deciding T20I at Newlands?
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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