South Africa vs Australia – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Australia taking place? Sunday 23rd February, 2020 – 12:30 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Australia taking place? St. George’s Oval, Port Elizabeth

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Australia? 21c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is South Africa vs Australia on? South Africa vs Australia will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Australia? South Africa vs Australia will be streamed live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Australia? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
Australia beat South Africa by 107 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa failed to produce the same level of performance that they managed in their recent series with England as they were swept aside by Australia in their first game in which the hosts set a couple of unwanted records.
  • The Proteas struggled to make inroads into the Australian batting line-up and despite eventually ending with six wickets, the tourists had managed to amass 196 runs at the end of their 20 overs.
  • South Africa were then bowled for just 89 runs in reply, their lowest total in T20 cricket, which resulted in their biggest losing margin in this format of the game and have some soul searching to do ahead of this second game but they could be boosted by the return of Temba Bavuma whilst Anrich Nortje is also likely to come under consideration.

AUSTRALIA

  • A lot was made of Australia’s pace attack ahead of their opening T20 match of the series with South Africa but it was a man who takes pace off the ball that stole the show as Ashton Agar ended the game with career-best figures in a magnificent performance.
  • Australia were in impressive form with the bat as they racked up 196/6 to set an imposing total but their performance with the ball was even better as they skittled their opponents for just 89.
  • Agar claimed a hat-trick on his way to figures of 5-24 as he ripped through the Proteas’ defence and after such a dominant display by Australia, they are likely to stick with the same team for this second contest.

THE PREDICTION

Australia won the first T20 game of the series in superb fashion against South Africa and the hosts have plenty to improve on here. They struggled with the ball but even more so with the bat as they posted their lowest ever total in the 20-over format of the game and will have it all to do to turn that performance around. Australia will be full of confidence after dominating the first contest and they should be able to carry that into this second game to earn the win that seals the series.

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