The warm up matches in the World T20 Cup have come to an end and the Super-12 matches are going to start from Saturday, the 23rd of October. Australia and South Africa will go against each other in the first double header match. The match will take place in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
South Africa has not won any World T20 title so far. Likewise, Australia also does not have any title in their name. In such a situation, both the teams will go up against each other with the dream of going all the way to the finals.
No luck for Aussie’s opening order
The Kangaroos are struggling with their opening order. David Warner is coming from a very bad season in the Indian T20 League, he failed to show consistency and did not perform well like he used to in the history of the league. Moreover, in the warm up match against India, he failed to score runs. Aaron Finch's poor form will also be a matter of concern for Australia. Runs are not coming from the bat of both the openers. But Australia's middle order looks strong. Steve Smith scored a half-century against India in the practice match. In addition to that, Maxwell has a good record on the UAE pitches, and can be proved fatal for the opponent team.
South Africa will try to lift the jinx
Despite the fact that South Africa has been one of the best teams in the limited overs cricket, they have failed to win any international title. The team will continue to chase their dream again, and this time too they have a worthy squad. They did well in the warm-up matches and will try their best to continue that in the league matches as well. South Africa is playing with a lot of fresh talents and most of their experienced players are not in the squad. They are coming into this match with seven consecutive wins and they will try to maintain this streak.
The maximum and minimum temperatures at Abu Dhabi will be 32 and 28, respectively. Humidity will be 55 percent with zero chances of precipitation.
The pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium provides a good balance between the bat and the ball. Fast bowlers hold an edge over spinners on this pitch, and it will get a little slower as the match progresses. Hence, the teams might choose to bowl first after winning the toss.
Probable Playing XI For Australia
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Probable Playing XI For South Africa
Quinton de Kock(wk), Temba Bavurna(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Quinton de Kock