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South Africa vs Australia, free match prediction 21 Feb 2020

21 Feb 2020 | 21:30 | The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
89/10 in 14.3 6.14
196/6 in 20.0 9.80 winner

South Africa Vs Australia betting odds

RSA

2.05

AUS

1.68

Toss Winner - South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Australia beat South Africa by 107 runs

Man of the Match: Ashton Agar

Southern Hemisphere rivals lock horns in the T20I series opener at The Wanderers!

  • South Africa have lost their previous T20I series to England
  • Captain Quinton de Kock and Tabraiz Shamsi were standout performers for South Africa in the recent three-match T20I series played against England
  • Since Jan 2019, Australia have won all their games played in the T20 format

South Africa to overcome Australia in this T20I series opener!

  • Tournament: Australia tour of South Africa, 2020
  • Format: T20I
  • Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Toss: To Bowl

rsa vs aus Match Prediction & Analysis

Host South Africa will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they face Australia in the opening game of the T20I series at The Wanderers on Johannesburg on Friday.

South Africa Captain Quinton de Kock will be hoping that the side can learn mistakes made in the previous series against England. The home side will need to be at their best in order to compete with a formidable side like Australia.

On the other hand, Australia Captain Aaron Finch will be keen to make sure that the side can maintain their winning momentum in this three-match T20I series. The selectors have picked a full-strength squad so that the side can prepare well for the upcoming T20 World Cup that will be played in October.

Teams Preview

South Africa Preview

Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been included in the T20I squad after being rested for England series. Skipper Quinton de Kock will need to lead from the front with the bat in this T20I series opener. Temba Bavuma is set to miss this opening game of the series against Australia due to a hamstring injury. Former Captain Faf du Plessis might be promoted to open the innings for this opening fixture.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Faf du Plessis to deliver the bulk of the runs. Since Feb 2018, De Kock has accumulated 348 runs in 10 matches at an average of 38.66 with three half-centuries to his name. Left-hander recently played exceedingly well in the three-match series against England and accumulated 131 runs at a strike rate of 214.75.

Besides, Rassie van der Dussen also chipped in with crucial scores for the side in the three-match series against England. Heinrich Klaasen delivered an impressive performance in his only T20 appearance for South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion. He is expected to keep his place in the playing XI. David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius will be given the task to go for quick runs at the back end of the innings.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Tabraiz Shamsi will be the lone spinner for this fixture.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (captain & wk), Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, DW Steyn, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, PJ van Biljon, JJ Smuts, Lungi Ngidi

Australia Preview

The visitors have named an unchanged squad for the three-match T20I series against Australia. D’Arcy Short has been named as a cover for Glenn Maxwell, who will miss the first two matches.

For the past 12 months, Australia has shown excellent form in the T20 format and won seven out of eight matches played. Aaron Finch-led unit will be keen to extend their winning streak in this three-match T20I series.

In the batting department, the side will be depending on the experienced top-order trio of David Warner, Steven Smith and Aaron Finch to deliver the bulk of the runs. David Warner has been in stupendous form in the T20 format. Since August 2019, Warner has been leading run-scorer for Australia in the 20-over format. Swashbuckling opener has scored 287 runs at a strike rate of 145.68 with one century and two half-centuries to his name.

Besides Warner, Captain Aaron Finch and Steven Smith have delivered match-winning performances for the side in the past six months. With Glenn Maxwell ruled out of the opening game, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade will fight it out for a place in the playing XI. Alex Carey will be the first-choice wicket-keeper for Australia for this opening game of the series.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson to provide crucial breakthroughs. Adam Zampa might be lone spinner for Australia for this fixture.

Australia Predicted Playing XI:

Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steven Smith, Mitchell March, Matthew Wade, Alex Carey (wk), Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

Australia Actual Playing XI:

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 20 0 mm. 2.15 k/h From: SSE 56%
03h 19 0 mm. 3.36 k/h From: S 17%
06h 21 0 mm. 3.11 k/h From: ESE 15%
09h 27 0 mm. 1.25 k/h From: NNE 0%
12h 30 0 mm. 2.08 k/h From: WNW 11%
15h 30 0 mm. 2.99 k/h From: WNW 55%
18h 27 0 mm. 1.21 k/h From: E 68%
21h 24 0 mm. 3.93 k/h From: E 84%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared at the Wanderers is expected to be full of runs. The quick bowlers will need to come with plans to take wickets on this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is going to be light rain shower with light winds.

Venue Details

The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg is going to host the opening T20I game between Australia and South Africa. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have won three T20 matches out of four played against Australia at this venue.

On the other hand, Australia have an excellent head-to-head record against South Africa in the T20 format. The visitors have won their previous two T20I series played in South Africa.

Toss: To Bowl

Due to rain expected during the game, both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this wicket. Last eight out of nine completed T20I matches have been won sides batting second.

RSA vs AUS Winning Prediction

Host South Africa will start as favorites to win this opening fixture because they are playing in their home conditions. The return of Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada will bolster the batting and bowling resources for South Africa. With Quinton de Kock in imperious form with the bat, South Africa will be looking to deliver another clinical performance.

South Africa to overcome Australia in this T20I series opener!

Author: Shoaib Z.