Pad up with T20I cricket tips as Australia looks to back up a game one demolition of South Africa by sealing the series in Port Elizabeth.
23:30 (AEDT), Sun 23rd Feb @ St George’s Oval, Port Elizabeth
History: Played 19: Australia 12 V South Africa 7
Last meeting: February 21, 2020: Australia d South Africa by 107 runs at Wanderers Stadium
Final Thoughts: After a complete and utter dismantling of South Africa on Friday night, Australia aim to wrap up the T20I wrap with one game to spare.
The series opener was the definition of one-sided. Australia racked up 6/196 despite not having a dominant individual batsman.
Steve Smith (45 off 32) and Aaron Finch (42 off 27) were the top scorers, but enough of the middle order contributed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. David Warner (4) was the only Australian dismissed for less than 18.
But that was only the beginning of South Africa’s torrid evening. The hosts were skittled for just 89 in 14.3 overs.
Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins did the early damage, before Ashton Agar went ballistic with a hat-trick amid scintillating figures of 5/24. Adam Zampa (2/9) helped mop up the tail.
Returning former skipper Faf du Plessis (24 off 22) and tailender Kagiso Rabada (22 off 19) – who was too expensive with the ball – were the only South African batsman to offer resistance.
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The emphatic result continues Australia’s dominant form in this format ahead of the T20 World Cup on home soil later this year. They pummelled Sri Lanka and Pakistan in back-to-back 3-0 series wins in late-2019.
Australia have now won eight of the last 11 T20I clashes between the nations. They also won the last series in South Africa 2-1 – back in 2016. Warner topped the run charts with 130 at 43.33. Du Plessis was just behind with 123 at 41.
South Africa are sweating on opener Temba Bavuma overcoming a hamstring injury. But a big knock from Quinton de Kock appears to be their only way out of this current hole.
Warner will be eager to bounce back and looks a strong option at $3.60 to top score for Australia, the $1.48 head-to-head favourite. Meanwhile, after plundering six sixes to South Africa’s two on Friday, Australia provide solid value in that department.