Time: October 23, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
In the ongoing T20 World, the team batting second has won 3 of 4 matches. While the highest score reads 171 by Sri Lanka, the lowest is 96 by Namibia. The pacers have been more impactful than the spinners.
Probable XI for Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins/Josh Hazlewood
Probable XI for South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
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Tabraiz Shamsi, the No. 1 bowler in ICC T20I Rankings, has taken 28 wickets at 12.85, including two four-wicket hauls – the most in 2021. All this at an economy of 5.53.
Mitchell Marsh has had a terrific year thus far. He has managed 442 runs and taken 10 wickets in a mere 15 games.
In the UAE leg of the Indian T20 League, Glenn Maxwell’s scores read 11, 56, 50*, 57, 40, 51, and 15. Given Australia will play only 4 specialist bowlers, Maxwell and Marsh will share the remaining 4 overs.
Quinton de Kock has been in spectacular form. In the last 10 T20Is he has scored 455 runs with a strike rate of 136, including 5 half-centuries.
Anrich Nortje did not go wicketless in the UAE, taking 12 wickets in 8 games for Delhi.
In the last 10 competitive matches, Mitchell Starc has taken 16 wickets comprising a five-wicket and two three-wicket hauls. He strikes with the new ball and then dismisses the batters with yorkers at the death.
Rassie van der Dussen scored a stunning century in the warm-up game against Pakistan. He has impressive numbers in the format, having scored 756 runs at 36 in 29 T20Is.
David Warner’s lack of form may be concerning, but his numbers against South Africa are outstanding. In 14 games, he has smashed 457 runs including 4 fifties.
Temba Bavuma’s role will be to hold the innings together from the other end. He scored 31 and 46 in the warm-up games.
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South Africa have won 9 of the last 10 T20Is, including 4 wins against the defending champions West Indies. On the other hand, Australia have lost 8 of their last 10 matches.
While South Africa won both warm-up games, Australia were completely outplayed by India and won by 3 wickets against New Zealand.
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