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Australia vs South Africa 1st T20 Prediction

1st T20: Australia tour of South Africa

Date and Venue: 4th March 2016, Durban

Time: 16:00 GMT | 21:30 IST

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South Africa and Australia, the two teams always getting closely fought games. The two teams meet in South Africa to fine tune their preparations for the World T20 in India. Though the conditions will be vastly different in the two countries but getting practice before the tournament starts is invaluable as the format of the tournament demands to be in the grove from the start of the tournament.

Australia, ranked number seven in the T20 rankings, possesses a team and players who can single handedly drive the game in Australia’s favour. But such has been their performances in the T20I or such has been their attention to this format in international cricket that they have been unable to make a mark. Having whitewashed by India at their home ground they will be eager to get back on track in this format.

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They have left out the Big Bash league heroes, Chris Lynn and Travis Head, after their mediocre performance against India and will field their full squad against South Africa. The bowling looks weak and inexperienced with Mitchell Starc injured, the bowling will depend on Nathan Coulter Nile. Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye on back of their performances in the Big Bash League 2015-16.

South Africa on the other hand will be confident after their win against England in the home series, though their side is far from best. With batting looking feeble and the middle order not responding they need to find right combination in the days to come. However, plus point for the home side will be the return of their premier fast bowler Dale Steyn. Alongside Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris this should make for really potent bowling attack.

Australia vs South Africa 1st T20 Teams (Probable XI)

Australia: 1. David Warner 2. Usman Khwaja 3. Steve Smith 4. Shane Watson 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Mitchell Marsh 7. James Faulkner 8. Peter Nevill 9. Nathan Coulter Nile 10. Josh Hazlewood 11. Adam Zampa

South Africa: 1. Hashim Amla 2. AB Devilliers 3. Faf Du Plessis 4. JP Duminy 5. David Miller 6. Rillee Roussouw 7. Chris Morris 8. David Wiese 9. Kagiso Rabada 10. Dale Steyn 11. Imran Tahir

Australia vs South Africa 1st T20 Pitch Report

Match is to be played at Kingsmead, Durban and South Africa has played here six times winning four out of them. The scores here batting first in the last five full games have been 151-195-86-188-153 giving an indication that the pitch is good for batting. Team chasing won on two occasions (151 and 86).

Australia vs South Africa 1st T20 Prediction

South Africa is 1.72 to win the match and with uncertain Australia line up and their brittle bowling, South Africa is the apt favourite. We are backing South Africa to win the encounter.

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