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SA v AUS 3rd T20I Preview: de Kock chasing first series win as captain in Newlands decider


South Africa have lost 16 of their 24 completed matches across formats since the beginning of the ODI World Cup. The first-ever series win for captain de Kock will mark the baton of South African cricket truly switching hands.

Venue - Newlands, Cape Town 

Start time - 04:00 PM GMT | 06:00 PM LOCAL

Head to Head record in T20Is -  South Africa: 8 Australia: 12  Tied: 0

Weather - Cloudy, 23°C, Precipitation: 10%, Humidity: 76%, Wind: 34 km/h

Happy memories of Cape Town for hosts

The last white-ball match that South Africa played at the Newlands in Cape Town was the first ODI against England recently. The match brought South Africa's only win in that ODI series.

Tabraiz Shamsi was the top bowler in that game with a 3-fer while de Kock scored a century, with Temba Bavuma falling short of the same by just two runs.

The toss at Newlands would be a big factor as out of the 20 T20Is played at the venue, the team batting first has won only 6 while the team batting second has won 13. The average first innings score here has been 149 and the highest T20I score successfully chased is 181. This means that a 175-run score can turn out to be a winning total.

Spin worked in the last white-ball game at the venue. That might just be the way to go for both teams in this game.

Time running out for David Miller

Time is quickly running out for Killer Miller. If the explosive batsman does not show his killer instincts within a couple of matches, it might just be it for the 30-year-old with a lot of young talent lining up outside the Protea door.

Miller scored an unbeaten 69 in the last ODI against England but other than that there has not been much that has come from his bat. In the latest edition of the Big Bash League as well, apart from a couple of knocks, his bat was mostly silent.

There is an outside chance of John John Smuts coming in for Miller for this game. But, the South African management might just give him one more chance.

Other than that, Lungi Ngidi was the only South African bowler who was expensive in the last game but he changed the game with three wickets and was in fact the second most impactful performer for the home side after Quinton de Kock.

Temba Bavuma will play ahead of Reeza Hendricks if he can fully recover from his hamstring strain in time.

Australia to go in unchanged

All of the Australian bowlers fired in the 2nd T20I apart from Mitchell Starc but you certainly won't leave out the southpaw after just one bad outing. With the bat, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade could not do too much but both played handy cameos in the first match and the team will go in unchanged for the decider.

South Africa will be more desperate for a win

It is truly remarkable how a team which suffered a humiliating 107-run defeat after getting bowled out for just 89, their lowest-ever total in T20Is, bounced back within a matter of two days to hand Australia a 12-run defeat and set up the all-important decider.

South Africa have lost 16 of their 24 completed matches in all formats since the start of the World Cup in May last year. On the contrary, of their 23 games before the World Cup, they had lost just five. de Kock has won 3 and lost 4 of the 8 white-ball matches he has captained in and the first-ever series win under his leadership will mark the baton of South African cricket truly switching hands.

Here's 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

This is where you can catch all the live action across the globe:

Australia: Fox Sports

South Africa: SuperSport

India & Subcontinent: Sony Network

Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN

USA: Willow TV, Hotstar

Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD

Middle East and North Africa (MENA): OSN Sports Cricket HD

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