South Africa have gained 9 of their final 10 matches coming into the event, whereas Australia have misplaced their final 4 T20I sequence
Neither aspect has a fantastic file within the T20 World Cup and a primary-up loss may have enormous ramifications in what has develop into a stacked Group 1.
Based on current kind and the ICC T20I rankings, South Africa, not Australia, ought to begin favourites. South Africa have gained 9 of their final 10 matches coming into the event and appeared spectacular of their two heat-up matches towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. Australia alternatively have misplaced eight of their final 10 T20Is and their final 4 sequence. They barely scraped previous New Zealand of their first heat-up sport and have been hammered by India within the second.
But Australia have an excellent current file towards South Africa, successful their final sequence in South Africa in 2020, largely constructed off the dominance of their opening duo in Aaron Finch and David Warner and their highly effective bowling unit. But each Finch and Warner enter the event underdone and struggling for runs.
Tabraiz Shamsi, the present No.1 T20I bowler, will give Australia a trial by spin whereas Australia’s quicks will likely be set to problem South Africa’s high order.
(Last 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
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Abu Dhabi through the day poses a distinct problem than underneath lights. The temperatures will likely be oppressive with the forecast for 33 levels Celsius. Teams have been profitable chasing to this point within the World Cup on the venue, with three out of 4 being gained by the staff batting second, however throughout all T20s in 2021 in Abu Dhabi extra sides have gained batting first. The floor has additionally been friendlier for tempo bowlers than spinners this 12 months.
Australia’s finest aspect remains to be a thriller and they’re set to be versatile. If they choose 5 specialist bowlers, certainly one of Steve Smith or Marcus Stoinis will miss out. But with each getting runs within the heat-up video games and the openers struggling, Australia could go for further batting which suggests solely certainly one of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, or Kane Richardson will play.
Australia (doable): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 David Warner, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Steven Smith 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
South Africa ought to load up with spin towards Australia. Despite Rassie van der Dussen making a century at No.3 towards Pakistan they may properly slide him again to No.4 towards Australia along with his finest worth within the center overs.
South Africa (doable): 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje/Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
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Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo