South Africa vs Australia third T20I at Newlands: Preview

South Africa vs Australia: South Africa levelled matters in Port Elizabeth but will have to break Australia’s five-match winning streak in T20Is at Newlands to win the series.

Australia have lost just once in the shortest format at the venue, and that was in the very first T20I played at Newlands when they were stunned by Zimbabwe.

The tourists feel that they blew a chance to clinch the series when they fell short chasing 159 to win at St George’s Park.

The Proteas will be desperate to give themselves a lift with a first series win of the home summer.

Runs scored in the powerplay could very well determine the outcome of the match.

South Africa vs Australia: Key Players

Quinton de Kock is at the heart of what the Proteas will be trying to do at Newlands. The skipper has been the best batsman for South Africa this summer.

Lungi Ngidi was the difference for South Africa in Port Elizabeth picking up key wickets that halted the Australian charge. He will once again need to step up and produce more of the same.

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South Africa vs Australia: South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi bowls during the second T20 international cricket match between South Africa and Australia at St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Michael Sheehan / AFP)

David Warner batted through Australia’s innings at St George’s Park but couldn’t get his team over the line. The determined Aussie opener is in great form, and that disappointment should spur him on to greater heights at Newlands.

Ashton Agar has been a thorn in the Proteas side this series bowling brilliantly in the victory at the Wanderers to claim career-best figures of 5/24. The Proteas kept him wicketless in PE, but he was still able to put pressure on the batsmen.

South Africa vs Australia T20I squads

South Africa T20 squad: Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper, Titans), Temba Bavuma (Lions), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Pite van Biljon (Knights), Dwaine Pretorius (Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dale Steyn (Titans), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans).

Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Match details

South Africa vs Australia

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Start time: 18:00

Match day: 26 February 2020 – night match (20-over match)

Umpires: Bongani Jele and Adrian Holdstock

TV Umpire: Allahudien Paleker

Fourth Umpire: Brad White

Match referee: Andy Pycroft

Broadcast: SABC 3 and Supersport 2 (DSTV Channel 202)

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