- Match: South Africa vs Australia, 1st T20I, Australia tour of South Africa, 2020
- Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
- Time: 04:00 PM GMT
- Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
South Africa will continue their long home season by hosting Australia for a 3-match T20I series which begins from February 21 at Johannesburg. The Proteas have just wrapped up a long home series against England and finished the last leg of it by losing a closely-contested T20I series 1-2. The Australian challenge will be no less difficult as they are coming off three back-to-back T20I series wins (against Pakistan and Sri Lanka at home and against India away).
South Africa Match Form
South Africa tried hard against England and came close but failed to cross the line. They will be delighted to have former captain Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada, the mainstay of South Africa’s pace attack, back into the squad for this series. They add great depth to the team which will be led by Quinton de Kock who has been in terrific form. Heinrich Klaasen, who showed his outstanding hard-hitting abilities in the last T20I against England, will be another batsman to watch out for.
Apart from Rabada, the home side will also have Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. This should make for an interesting bowling lineup that can upset Australia’s rhythm.
Australia Match Form
Australia will be disappointed that star batsman Glenn Maxwell will be missing this series to injury. However, they have enough firepower in their tank still. Skipper Aaron Finch, along with Steve Smith and David Warner, will form the crux of the strong batting unit. Alex Carey down the order is another batsman to watch out for.
The team’s bowling stars, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, will be the main men doing the bulk of the work. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who has been really impressive in recent times, can make a big impact in this match and series.
South Africa vs Australia 1st T20I Cricket Betting Tips
In the last 5 T20Is between South Africa and Australia, the Proteas have won 2 and have lost 3. Taking down Australia, even at home, won’t be easy.
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg is the venue for the 1st T20I and is known to be a very good batting surface in limited overs cricket. Totals of 200+ have been achieved here on as many as 11 occasions with the highest being a colossal 260-6 by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007.
The team batting first would be targeting a total of 190-200 runs and the total number of runs scored in the game can reach the 400-mark.
South Africa will enjoy the home advantage and they have been in good batting form recently. Australia will come hard but it will take them some time to get acclimatized to the conditions. Thus, expect a close and high-scoring contest but back South Africa to clinch the first T20I.