South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Match prediction

Deadline: February 26, 2020 at 9:30 PM IST

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Pitch report

In the previous ODI played at Cape Town earlier this month, Quinton de Kock scored an unbeaten 107 in a pursuit of England’s 259-run target. If anything, it was an absolute belter of a track, although there was enough swing in the powerplay. Expect another high-octane game!

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Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ images to get the data while making your fantasy team.

Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock (c)

Batsmen: Aaron Finch, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, David Warner, Steven Smith (vc)

All-rounders: Andile Phehlukwayo, Ashton Agar

Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kane Richardson

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely.

Power players

Although Quinton de Kock has won only 3 of 7 T20Is as captain, his batting records have not taken a hit. He has smashed 334 runs at 52.8 including 4 half-centuries.

Steven Smith’s innings in T20Is since his comeback from the ban read 53*, 13, 80*, 45, 29. He has added a reverse-sweep to his already rich batting armoury.

David Warner‘s half-century went in vain, as Australia failed to score 32 in the last 4 overs. However, he remains the top pick in fantasy cricket. In his last 8 T20Is, he has scored 3 fifties and a hundred.

Lungi Ngidi‘s bowling figures in the last 5 T20Is read 3/30, 3/48, 2/55, 1/37, and 3/41. He does leak extra runs, but has a knack for taking wickets at regular intervals.

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Value picks

Ashton Agar followed his magical figures of 5 for 24 with a spell of 4-0-28-0. Although his wicket column remained dry, he managed to keep a leash on things.

Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, and Mitchell have not been at their best this series, but it is always vital to pick players who bowl at the death. The chances of picking wickets at this stage of the innings are always more.

Picking Aaron Finch can be dicey. On his day, he can put away even difficult deliveries into the stands. On other days, he can play a shot that would even embarrass a lower-order batsman. However, he ranks No. 3 in ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen and his 172 against Zimbabwe is the highest in the format.

Probable XIs

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, PJ van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

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