Australia Vs South Africa
Titans Fight Again
After a pedestrian performance by Australia at the Adelaide oval the action turns to the stunning Melbourne Cricket Ground which is hosting its 8th T20 international. Australia vs south africa 2014 live match from melbourne to start at 8:35 GMT.
It was a docile affair in Wednesday’s game with Proteas triumphing comfortably by 7 wickets after Australia ended with a below par score of 144 runs. Shane Watson, who made a comeback into the team after calf injury, was looking in fine knick and he along with James Faulkner managed Australia to climb to a total of 144. Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first and they were off to decent start but then lost wickets in regular intervals which really hampered their scoring. After the fall of 4th wicket Faulkner and Watson did the repair work and were involved in a partnership of 57 runs. For South Africa it was Kyle Abott who took 3 wickets and gave away just 21 runs off his 4overs. Imran Tahir, Parnell and Mclaren each took one wicket. In the batting department it was the partnership between Rossouw and De Kock which took South Africans home.
Alarm bells have rung for the Aussies after a dismal Test performance in UAE and now the T20 loss against South Africa. Let us see what this will do to their team composition.
Australia will be bolstered by the return of charismatic batsmen Glenn Maxwell, who was in UAE for the test series against Pakistan. He will come straight into the team for the Friday’s game. Form of captain Aaron Finch is worrisome as his last five innings has been 5, 0, 14, 18 and 32. He was seen struggling for timing and it is imperative for Australia that he performs well now. Sean Abott is likely to replace Ben Cutting in the Australian line up
For South Africa Merchant De Lange is expected to come in.
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Cameron White, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Ben Dunk (wk), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 James Faulkner, 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Cameron Boyce, 11 Doug Bollinger
South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 JP Duminy (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Imran Tahir, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Kyle Abbott, 11 Marchant de Lange
The Pitch :
Melbourne Cricket Ground has till now hosted 7 T20 internationals and it has been happy hunting ground for Australia winning 5 of the 7 they have played here. Four times the team batting first have won here with the highest score being 182.
Taking a look at the BBL scores this year at MCG were 90-131-161-141-208. The pitch here traditionally has been quick and bouncy over the years and nothing has changed now. With big boundaries anything above 160 will be a good score to defend.
The Odds :
After the dreadful performance by Australia they are still 1.66 to win the game and that is a bit skinny for them even though Maxwell is back into the side. Australians have a strong side on the paper but South Africans are a good bet at 2.20.
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