South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20I Match Prediction

Deadline: March 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

Pitch report

The average first and second innings scores read 227 and 192 respectively at the Senwes Park. However, we might as well witness more runs on the board. The wicket looks as dry as the ones used in the first two matches.

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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.

Wicketkeepers: Heinrich Klaasen (c), Quinton de Kock

Batsmen: Aaron Finch, David Miller, David Warner, Steven Smith

All-rounders: Marnus Labuschagne, Andile Phehlukwayo, D’Arcy Short

Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi (vc), Pat Cummins

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely.

Power players

Janneman Malan had a disastrous start to his ODI career. A Mitchell Starc in-swinger trapped him in front on the very first ball of his debut. Such was the delivery that even the experienced lads could not have survived it. Starc tried to fire a similar delivery in the second ODI, but this time, Malan was prepared – so prepared that he went on to score an unbeaten 129 in pursuit of Australia’s 272 runs.

As a captain, Aaron Finch‘s average shoots up to 48.3 as compared to his overall average of 41. In the past 12 months he has scored 5 hundreds and 7 half-centuries. He looked in an ominous touch in the previous contest, scoring 69 runs including 6 fours and 2 sixes.

Henrich Klaasen followed his spectacular hundred with a vital fifty. In both innings he ran hard between the wickets, making sure he often rotates the strike and distracts the bowlers.

In his last 10 international matches, Lungi Ngidi has sniped up three or more wickets six times. On Wednesday, he took a stunning six-wicket haul. He has dismissed the likes of Warner, Finch, Smith and Labuschagne in the series.

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Value picks

David Warner and Steven Smith haven’t been able to provide an impactful innings as they always do. More importantly, both have gotten out while trying to play aerial strokes. They are champions batsmen. They know how to make amends. A big score is on the cards.

David Miller‘s last three ODI scores read 69*, 64, and 37*. 

Note: Mitchell Starc will not feature in the final ODI, as Cricket Australia has accepted his request to fly back early and watch his wife Alyssa Healy play the final of Women’s T20 World Cup at Melbourne.

Probable XIs

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), JT Smuts, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

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