Australia tour of South Africa, SA vs AUS, 2nd T20I Preview and Fantasy Prediction

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Australia tour of South Africa

SA vs AUS, 2nd T20I



The upcoming clash between South Africa and Australia in the second T20I of the three-match series is poised to be a fiercely contested battle. Following a dominant performance by the Aussies in the series opener, where they secured a commanding 111-run victory. The Proteas on the other hand will find themselves on the hunt for a series-levelling win. With crucial lessons learned from their previous encounter, South Africa is gearing up to address the areas that need improvement and stage a comeback.

In the opening match, Australia exhibited their batting prowess by reaching the 70-run mark within the sixth over after being put to bat. Despite a subsequent setback that saw them at 77/4, a resilient partnership between Marsh and Tim David, who scored a noteworthy 64, bolstered the Australian total by adding 97 runs. The team managed to set a target of 226/6, with Aaron Hardie's contribution of 23 adding valuable runs to the scoreboard.

On the South African side, the batting performance was led by Reeza Hendricks, who notched up 56 runs, along with Rassie van der Dussen (21) and Marco Jansen (20), the only other players to reach double figures. A notable highlight came from debutant Tanveer Sangha, who showcased his skill with a four-wicket haul.

As the action shifts to the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban for the second T20I on September 1 (9:30 pm IST), both teams are expected to bring their A-game. This venue, which witnessed the series opener as well, promises an exciting contest with a favourable pitch for the batters.

In terms of historical T20I statistics between the two sides, South Africa has won eight matches while facing 15 defeats against Australia. When playing on home turf, the Proteas have secured six victories but suffered eight losses against the Australian team in the T20I format. Notably, the last bilateral T20I series between the two teams in South Africa took place in February 2020, where Australia emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.

This encounter holds even more significance as it marks their second meeting in T20Is since the 2021 T20 World Series, adding an extra layer of anticipation and rivalry to the upcoming match. Both teams are undoubtedly eager to prove their mettle and secure a pivotal win in the series.

Match Details

Match: SA vs AUS, 2nd T20I, Australia tour of South Africa, 2023

Date: Friday, September 01, 2023

Time: 9:30 PM

Kingsmead, Durban 

Pitch and Weather Report

The series opener was played at Kingsmead and the second game will also be played at this venue. We saw how batsmen relished a splendid time at the crease. The pacers also enjoyed some initial support from the pitch. Out of the 20 T20Is held here, teams batting first have clinched victory on 11 occasions.

Cloudy conditions with light showers is forecasted

SA vs AUS Squads

SA: Aiden Markram (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Matthew Breetzke, Dewald Brevis, Gerald Coetzee, Donovan Ferreira, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Lizaad Williams

AUS: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Matthew Wade

SA vs AUS Probable Playing XIs

SA: Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (C), Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs (WK), Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi.

AUS: Matthew Short, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (C), Josh Inglis (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Aaron Hardie, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Spencer Johnson.

Match Prediction

We predict Australia to win this encounter and gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. 

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