Match Preview – Australia vs South Africa, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021/22, 13th Match, Group 1



South Africa have gained 9 of their final 10 matches coming into the event, whereas Australia have misplaced their final 4 T20I sequence

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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.

Form information

(Last 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)

Australia LWLLL

South Africa WWWWW

In the highlight

There is stress on David Warner following a lean 12 months with the bat. He has had a horrible run of outs since arriving within the UAE with scores of 0, 2, 0, and 1. His staff-mates have been constant in saying that they count on him to come back good within the event correct however he hasn’t bought a fantastic file within the T20 World Cup in comparison with his T20I profession, putting at simply 129 with solely three half-centuries in 23 innings. But he does love taking part in towards South Africa, having scored extra T20I runs towards them than every other nation.
Tabraiz Shamsi is simply 4 wickets away from taking essentially the most T20I wickets in a single calendar 12 months having claimed 28 to this point in 2021. His performances towards the a lot-vaunted West Indies earlier within the 12 months, the place he was participant of the sequence with 7 wickets at a staggering economic system fee of 4.0, ensured opposition sides will deal with him with the utmost respect on this World Cup. He may trigger Australia numerous hassle within the center overs.

Pitch and situations

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.

Team information

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

Stats and trivia

  • These two groups have nice historical past within the males’s 50-over World Cup however have solely met as soon as within the T20 model again in 2012 with Australia (*1*).
  • Since the beginning of 2020, Tabraiz Shamsi has taken essentially the most wickets of all spinners in T20I cricket with 37. The subsequent finest spinner has 26. Ashton Agar has taken 25 and Adam Zampa 24.
  • Glenn Maxwell is the recent hand for Australia coming into the World Cup. Kagiso Rabada is the right match-up for Maxwell. He has dismissed him 3 times in 27 balls in all T20s. He additionally bounced out Maxwell on the 2019 50-over World Cup.
  • Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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