South Africa vs Australia 3rd Match Prediction
- Australia opened this series with a dominant win but South Africa hit back last time out to take it to the deciding final match.
- Australia posted 196/6 first up, before Ashton Agar's hat-trick and five-wicket haul helped bowl South Africa out for a new national low of 89 in just 14.3 overs.
- South Africa showed vast improvement with the bat last time out, however, as Quinton de Kock hit 70 in a total of 158/4, which proved 12 runs too many for Australia as David Warner top-scored with 67* from 56 balls.
South Africa vs Australia 3rd Match Prediction
South Africa and Australia face off at Newlands, Cape Town, in the decisive final match of this three-game T20i series. The series concludes on February 26 and the live action is scheduled to get underway at 18:00 local time.
South Africa levelled the series last time out, bouncing back from a crushing opening defeat in which – chasing 197 to win – they collapsed to a miserable 89 all out in just 14.3 overs. Ashton Agar took 5-24, including a hat-trick in a dominant Australian performance.
Last time out, however, Quinton de Kock led the Proteas’ improved batting performance as he hit 70 in a total of 158/4, and Lungi Ngidi’s three wickets helped restrict Australia to 146/6 in reply – David Warner’s unbeaten 67* proving too slow in a 12-run loss.
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South Africa have won the toss on both occasions so far, so Australia are due this one. They may look to chase as they bid to improve on their last showing.
Cape Town should be clear and sunny all day, but there will be a lot of humidity in the evening and there is expected to be quite a bit of wind too.
Newlands is unusual in South African cricket in that it tends to assist the spinners more.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
Dale Steyn was once again rested for the second match of a series, as he was against England too. Heinrich Klaasen and Temba Bavuma are out injured, so Reeza Hendricks came into the team last time out. Newlands may demand an extra spinner, which means Bjorn Fortuin comes back into contention.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock: Scored five fours and four sixes to get back to the form he showed against England on his way to 70 from 47 balls last time out.
Tabraiz Shamsi: Conceded just 17 runs from his four overs last time out, and the Cape Town wicket should offer him some more assistance too.
Rassoe van der Dussen: Hit 37 from 26 balls in the middle order to issue a timely reminder of why he is such an important part of the South African batting line-up.
SA Team Form
South Africa lost their last series to England and suffered a crushing defeat to start this series – 89 all out was their lowest T20i score, and their 109-run loss was their biggest – in terms of runs – in the format.
They bounced back last time, however, as Quinton de Kock’s 70 helped them to 158/4 and they restricted Australia to 146/6 in reply.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (c,wk), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia were unchanged last time out, but D’Arcy Short may be a useful option to consider if they wish to field another spinner. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade have started ahead of him in the last two matches. Jhye Richardson and Sean Abbott are the other two players not to feature so far.
AUS Key Players
Steve Smith: Followed up his 45 from 32 balls in the first game with 29 from 26 last time out, to continue what has been some superb batting form of late.
David Warner: Top-scored with 67* from 56 balls last time out, including five fours and a six, but he will know he needed to score quicker in that chase.
Ashton Agar: Started the series with five wickets, including a hat-trick, and a spin-friendly wicket will offer him the chance of more wickets this time out.
AUS Team Form
Australia’s winning streak in T20i cricket ended last time out, though they could still back-up series wins against Sri Lanka and Pakistan if they win the final match of this series too. Ashton Agar was their star man with 5-24 – including a hat-trick – in a dominant 108-run win first up but they scored too slowly in pursuit of 159 to win the second game. David Warner hit 67* from 56 balls, but Australia finished on 146/6.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
SA vs AUS Head to Head
In the 20th match between the two nations in T20i cricket last time out, South Africa secured their eighth win. They had won their previous game before this series too, and Quinton de Kock was their star man with 70 from 47 balls at the top of the order to lead them to 158/4 last time out. Lungi Ngidi took three wickets as the Proteas went on to win by 12 runs.
SA vs AUS Head to Head Stats
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