Match Preview

South Africa will face Australia in Match 13 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 23 October at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The Australians are having a difficult time of late as on their recent visits to the West Indies and Bangladesh, they lost eight of their last ten T20Is. In addition, they were defeated by India by eight wickets in the warm-ups. The Proteas, on the other hand, should have a high level of self-assurance as they won bilateral series against Ireland, West India, and Sri Lanka prior to the World Cup. The Proteas also defeated Afghanistan and Pakistan in warm-up matches.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                  51

Matches won batting first               23

Matches won bowling first             28

Average 1st Inns scores               140

Average 2nd Inns scores              128

Highest total recorded                  225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                   87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                   166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock – The right handed batsman’s accomplishments are incredible, and it’s clear to understand why he’s already being hailed as a future great. Not only is de Kock a fantastic hitter, but he also adds significant value to the team by wearing the gloves.

Matches – 233

Runs – 7044

Average – 34.19

2) Matthew Wade – The left handed batsman’s career has been a journey of reinvention, as he transitioned from Test wicketkeeper to specialist middle-order batsman. Wade is known for his tenacity and commitment which is a testament to his performances over the years,

Matches – 149

Runs – 2943

Average – 26.67

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rassie van der Dussen – The right handed batsman averages more than 40 in first-class and List A cricket, and has a high scoring rate in T20s. He is recognised for being a big hitter and a boundary collector in this format.

Matches – 135

Runs – 3952

Average – 37.63

2) Temba Bavuma – He isn’t the most appealing batsman in the world, but despite his flaws, he has developed into a valuable T20 player for South Africa. The small right-hander has a strong defence and will be a tough batsman for the opponents.

Matches – 91

Runs – 2137

Average – 30.97                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3) Aaron Finch – He is an aggressive top-order batter who is known for his powerful hitting and ability to finish games. He began his career as a middle-order batsman, but he was often employed as a floater and batted up the order for the team.

Matches – 324

Runs – 9845

Average – 34.42

4) David Warner – The left handed batsman continues to be a problem for bowlers and his newfound ability to bat long and deep into an innings is perhaps his biggest asset. He will, without a doubt, be a significant player for Australia in this World Cup.

Matches – 306

Runs – 10019

Average – 35.72

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Tabraiz Shamsi – A left-arm chinaman bowler who has earned a spot in South Africa’s squad by demonstrating his worth in the game’s shortest format. Not only are his variations amazing, but so is his accuracy in conjunction with them and he becomes threatening when batters pursue him.

Matches – 167

Wickets – 187

Economy – 7.18

2) Mitchell Starc – Starc tore through batting lineups with regularity, bowling at a breakneck pace and torturing batsmen with a mix of chin music and blistering toe-crushing yorkers. He has established himself as the spearhead of Australia’s offence across all formats.

Matches – 104

Wickets – 148

Economy – 7.25

3) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambling seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket, especially when the seam is prominent and likely to induce deviations off the surface.

Matches – 130

Wickets – 172

Economy – 7.87

4) Pat Cummins – He is fiery with his T20 skills and has ignited the international stage with his great performances. He had an outstanding career, claiming numerous crucial breakthroughs while also contributing significantly with the bat.

Matches – 103

Wickets – 118

Economy – 7.83

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Mitchell Marsh – He is a middle-order hard-hitting all-rounder and yet he is clearly a stronger batter than a bowler. Marsh has the opportunity to make rapid progress and contribute to Australia as the potential match-winning all-rounder he is tipped to be.

Matches – 123

Runs – 2709

Average – 31.50

Wickets – 61

Economy – 8.29

2) Dwaine Pretorius – He is a tall, strong, and furious cricketer from South Africa whose meteoric rise outpaced the rate at which he was talked about and noticed in the early stages of his career. He is a wise pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 145

Runs – 1919

Average – 21.56

Wickets – 98

Economy – 8.18

3) Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell reinvented the contemporary limited-overs game by allowing his instincts to drive his replies to the ball, thanks to his athleticism and rapid reactions.

Matches – 321

Runs – 7187

Average – 27.74

Wickets – 113

Economy – 7.73

Predicted Playing 11

South Africa

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius/Lungi Ngidi, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi


Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa


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