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South Africa eyeing a comeback after a series loss to India
Our prediction is for New Zealand to win the match
Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Allan Border Field, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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South Africa were one of the top performers in the last T20 World Cup. Though they did not make it to the semi-finals, they were impressive in all of their Super 12 matches. The recent losses in T20I and ODI series against India have raised concerns. The skipper, who was unsold in the SA20 auctions, hasn’t delivered any significant performances lately.
Bavuma isn’t a reliable player for South Africa in T20Is. As such, this warm-up match against a strong NZ bowling attack will be a test for the skipper as well as other key batters in this outfit.
With Southee and Boult delivering consistently, New Zealand can find early wickets against any T20 team in the world. The Blackcaps have found a new bowling option in Michael Bracewell.
The batting all-rounder picked 8 wickets in the tri-series and was adjudged player of the series. He picked 2 for 14 in 4 overs in the final against Pakistan while defending a par total.
Kane Williamson’s 59 off 38 in the tri-series final against Pakistan raised the hopes of all the Kiwi fans. The 2021 T20 World Cup runners-up will be confident in coming to Australia though they haven’t enjoyed a great record against the hosts in the bilateral series.
The warm-up games are essential for the Blackcaps as they need to find the right opening combination before their opening match against Australia. Daryl Mitchell who was ruled out of the tri-series with a fractured thumb is expected to join New Zealand for the Afghanistan game.
Finn Allen and Devon Conway are the likely candidates for the opener slots. Conway scored two fifties in the tri-series and was the top run-getter with 223 runs from 5 innings at a strike rate of 123.
Finn Allen, though not able to score much, was aggressive in his approach to batting and had a higher strike rate of 145. Martin Guptill, a reliable batsman who’s opened for NZ regularly is another option. Another great news for NZ is the strength and form of their middle-order players.
Neesham, Chapman, and the big-hitting Glenn Phillips all make for a strong batting lineup that can chase down a competitive total.
Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, M Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Santner
Temba Bavuma will be expecting a turnaround from his side in this warm-up match. They must have been down in the dumps in terms of confidence and momentum following their defeat in India. The last ODI loss in Delhi has also put South Africa’s ICC World Cup 2023 qualifications in jeopardy.
If South Africa couldn’t get better off that Indian bowling unit which was left out of the T20 World Cup squad, one can only imagine what state the SA batting order would be in against the men in blue in Australia.
Rilee Rossouw is a high-impact T20 player and will be key in South Africa’s comeback. The usual suspects, David Miller, QDK, and Aiden Markram will all be under the radar in this warm-up game.
They will be presented with a worthy challenge from the NZ bowlers who are on top of their game. This will also be a great opportunity for the skipper to find his form before the Super 12 round kicks off. Bavuma has scores of 3, 0, and 0 in his last three innings. This is worrying not only as the skipper but also as the opener for the South Africa T20I lineup.
South Africa might also play Marco Jansen who’s replacing the injured Dwaine Pretorius. If Jansen is needed in the XI during the Super 12, South Africa could be looking at two weak links - Bavuma and Jansen.
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Tristan Stubbs, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
The pitch at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane is batting-friendly. The quicks can get help from the surface with the new ball. There will be showers on the match day with a high of 23 degrees Celsius.
The average 1st inning score at the Allan Border Field in the women’s T20s is 134 runs. This will be the first men’s T20 played at this venue. A par total for the team batting first should be between 165 and 170.
There have been no T20Is or domestic men’s T20s played at this venue. But considering the results of Women’s BBL, teams chasing seem to have the upper hand at this ground. Both teams would like their batters to be challenged before the Super 12. Hence, they are likely to opt to bowl if they win the toss.
South Africa have some major concerns to address in this match. While it could be tough for Bavuma to make a comeback, other batters in this lineup can fire in this match. QDK and Miller will be the key players. New Zealand have a strong bowling attack.
And with Ferguson all set to come back from injury, the Blackcaps will be even stronger. Williamson’s return to form and Conway’s consistency along with a reliable lower middle order makes NZ the favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for New Zealand to win the match
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