With the series already in the bag, Australia will look to whitewash South Africa when the two teams meet in the third and final T20I at Kingsmead, Durban on Sunday, September 3.
Mitchell Marsh has led from the front as he has scored two blistering half-centuries in the two matches so far. In the first game, he smashed 92* off 49 balls, while in the second clash, he remained unbeaten on 79 off 39 deliveries. Marsh is yet to be dismissed in this series. Matthew Short missed out on his debut game in the first T20I. However, in the second game, he registered a phenomenal 66 off 30 balls.
South Africa have been outplayed in both the games. There is no lack of talent in the home side, but they haven’t played anywhere near their full potential. Ahead of the ODI series, Aiden Markram and Co. would be hoping to get a win to go in with some confidence.
Rassie van der Dussen’s form will be a cause of concern, with the World Cup being just over a month away. If he can get some runs under his belt in the final game, it will bode well for the hosts.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at Kingsmead has been a belter. South Africa’s scores might not suggest the same, but they have not been able to bat as a unit, with players not being able to convert their starts. If a batter gets his eyes in at Kingsmead, a lot of runs are there for the taking. Having said that, the Proteas will have to bowl a lot better than they have in the series, as they have struggled to take wickets as well as stem the flow of runs.
Probable Playing XI For SA vs AUS
A lot of questions are there for Aiden Markram to answer. Bowling has been quite pedestrian, and the inclusion of the experienced Keshav Maharaj could help. The destructive Donavon Ferreira could also be handed his debut cap, as he has been in good form in franchise leagues around the world.
Probable Playing XI: Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (C), Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs (wk), Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams/Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Having won the series already, Australia might look to give the likes of Matthew Wade and Ashton Turner a look in. The talented Tanveer Sangha, who was quite impressive on debut in the first T20I, picking up three wickets, was subsequently benched for the second game as the experienced Adam Zampa had recovered from illness. Sangha might be brought back into the side to see how he fares in round two.
Probable Playing XI: Matt Short, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh (C), Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Aaron Hardie, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Adam Zampa
SA vs AUS Head-to-head:
Played – 24, South Africa – 8, Australia – 16
SA vs AUS Broadcast and Live Streaming Details:
Match Timings: 5:30 PM IST
Live Broadcast: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar