Teams look to clinch the series
It is one-all in the T20 series and both the teams look to clinch the series in the series decider on Sunday. While the South Africa dominated the in the 1st T20, Australia returned the favour in the 2nd T20. It now comes down to the final T20 at Sydney Olympic ground.
Australia dominated the proceedings in the 2nd T20 and restricted South Africa to the score of 101 with help of James Faulkner (4-0-25-3), Cameron Boyce (4-0-15-2) and Pat Cummins (4-1-11-1). For South Africa only Duminy was able to persist with a score of 49 runs off 51 balls. Aaron Finch was the highest scorer for Aussies, scoring an unbeaten 44 off 30 balls. This innings will give Australian T20 captain some confidence as he was going through a lean patch.
Talking about the pitch and condition, there in not much in the hindsight to stare upon as this ground has witnessed only 3T20 internationals till now. The scores were 171-137-195 in the internationals and 128-165-155-153 in the big bash league. This indicates a parity between bat and ball.
Indispensable Players :
For Australia whenever Glenn Maxwell plays in the XI he is always an important player because of the strike rate he maintains which can throw the bowlers off the track. Add to that the off spinners he bowls.
For South Africa, in this inexperienced team, JP Duminy is certainly a key player for them as he can provide the stability in the middle order and can pack a punch whenever required to do so.
Team News :
An unchanged XI seems like for Australia given their wide margin of victory in Melbourne.
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Ben Dunk (wk), 3 Shane Watson, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Cameron White, 6 James Faulkner, 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Cameron Boyce, 11 Doug Bollinger
Marchant de Lange may come into the side after sitting out the first two matches.
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 Odds :
After the dismal performance in 2nd T20 the prices were expected to move in favour of Australia and they are 1.54 to win the 3rd T20. But these odds in a T20 game is too short to back and South Africa’s team is not that a pedestrian team to have such skinny odds against them. Hence recommended bet is back-to-lay South Africa.