Australia will hope to do well when they open their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against an under-the-radar South African side in a Super 12 Group 1 match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. In search of their first T20 title, Australia will participate in the tournament following a losing streak in series against New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh, England, and India. Many of the best team members didn't participate in the recent white-ball tours, where Australia only won five games while they lost thirteen. Hence, they've had little opportunity to prepare. David Warner's form is a huge concern, but the team insists he'll turn things around.
In the Indian Premier League, his form was abysmal, and he was dropped from the team for the second time this year after scores of 0 and 2 last month. His poor performance continued in the two practice games, where he scored 0 and 1. Aaron Finch, captain of the team, is making a comeback after knee surgery and hence, lacks match practice. His deputy, Pat Cummins is yet to play a game since the India leg of the IPL.
Australia has one of the most formidable middle-order in the entire tournament. Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis understand the game more than anyone else. They are the key players for the team. Australia will be dependent on Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa for turning the balls. The tracks in UAE are spin-friendly. Hence, the importance of these two is enormous.
The pace department contains bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Kane Richardson. South Africa will enter the clash in form and high on spirit, having won three consecutive series against West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka. They also won both practice games.
The South African cricket team has gone through a series of changes in recent times. The current team doesn't rely on stars like previous years, making expectations for this year's tournament lower than usual.
The team heavily depends on the top-order (Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, and Quinton de Kock). The lack of a match finisher and a weak middle-order is also a point of concern for Proteas. South Africa has one of the powerful bowling attacks in the tournament. The pace department contains bowlers like Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada.
A lot will depend on Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj, the two spinners in the team. The AUS vs SA match will be starting at 3:30 PM (IST), and the live streaming of the T20 WC match will be available on Disney+ Hotstar. This article contains today playing 11, live pitch report today match, weather report today, today's match prediction, and fantasy cricket tips & tricks.
Australia and South Africa have played a total of 21 T20Is against each other. Australia has won 13, while South Africa has won eight out of these 23 matches. In the last five matches, Australia has won three games. Australia and South Africa have played only a single game in the T20 World Cup during the 2012 edition. Australia won that match by eight wickets. Australia has dominated the SA vs AUS head to head results in T20Is.
Australia Playing 11
Matthew Wade (wk), Steven Smith, Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
South Africa Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj
You can pick Quinton de Kock or Glenn Maxwell as the captain of the 2021 T20 World Cup team. You can pick Aiden Markram or Anrich Nortje as the vice-captain of today T20 match.
Australia and South Africa will play the match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The ground has hosted a total of 50 T20Is. The team batting first has won 23 games, while the team batting second has won 27 games. The average score while batting first on this ground is 140 runs. The pitch is likely to offer much help to spinners, and batters are likely to struggle.
The temperature during the match is likely to remain around 35-degrees Celsius. The atmosphere is expected to be less humid with plenty of sunshine. The probability of precipitation and thunderstorm is zero.
Our prediction is South Africa might win this game. It was our AUS vs SA match prediction article. Fantasy Power 11 is one of the best cricket match prediction sites and a new fantasy app. Follow our social media handles to remain updated with the latest fantasy content.