With the series level after two T20Is, South Africa and Australia will go hammers and tongs for the third and final match of the series at the Wanderers. After chasing Aussies’ 1-0 lead in the series, the Proteas bounced back with commendable vigour. The hosts were bowled out for 89 in the opening match and went on to lose it by a record 107 runs.
However, the story of the second match ended up differently. Quinton de Kock’s played the captain’s knock scoring 70-runs to give a formidable start to his team. He was supported by Rassie van der Dussen. The partnership between the two helped South Africa post a defendable score of 158.
In the bowling department, Lungi Ngidi took charge to dismiss the Aussies early. The right-arm fast bowler dismissed Aaron Finch, Alex Carey and Mitchel Marsh cheaply to secure the win for the Proteas.
The biggest disappoint for South Africa has been David Miller. Playing a floating role in Proteas’ middle order, he has made 13 from 15 balls so far in the series. In a team mixed with experience in the batting department, Miller is yet to prove his mettle for the side.
Meanwhile, David Warner’s 67 at Port Elizabeth has been a curious affair. The Australian opener scored fifty from 38 balls which had kept his team in the driving seat. But after his half-century, his scoring seized up, registering mere 16 from 18 deliveries. All eyes, however, would be Warner’s opening partner Aaron Finch.
Finch is 66 runs away from becoming the second Australian after Warner to score 2000 T20 runs. Meanwhile, on the other side, Dale Steyn if included in the team, needs just one more wicket to reach 700 international wickets milestone.
Australia are in red-hot form in T20, registering four wins in their last five matches. As for the hosts, they are a team with a mixed performance. They have won two and lost three in their last five matches.
The match scheduled to start at 9:30 pm India time will be broadcast LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Fans can also catch the streaming LIVE on SonyLIV.