September 03, 2023 3:53 AM
Alex Sarwar

South Africa vs Australia – 3rd Twenty20 International – Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Australia on and what time does it start? South Africa vs Australia will take place on Sunday 3rd September, 2023 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Australia taking place? South Africa vs Australia will take place at Kingsmead in Durban, South Africa

What channel is South Africa vs Australia on in the UK? South Africa vs Australia will be televised in the UK live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream South Africa vs Australia in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers in the UK can stream South Africa vs Australia on Sky Go

THE LOWDOWN

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa have been completely dominated by Australia over the course of the first two T20i matches and the Proteas must now secure a win here to avoid the ignominy of a home sweep. After being thrashed when batting first in the opening T20i, South Africa had the opportunity to bowl first on Friday, but the result was no different. After scoring 164/8, losing four wickets in the powerplay to prevent any chance of a 200+ score, the home side’s bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Australia, who reached their victory target before the 16th over.

AUSTRALIA

Mitchell Marsh continued his fine form in this series in Durban, backing up his pyrotechnics in the opening match with a jet-fuelled 79 not out from 39 balls to ensure Australia had no issues coasting home to a second consecutive win, sealing the series with a game to spare. Chasing 165, Matt Short laid the foundations with 66 from 30 balls before Marsh took over, Australia losing just two wickets on their way to victory. Earlier, Nathan Ellis and Sean Abbott had ripped through the Proteas’ batting line-up taking three wickets each.

THE PREDICTION

Fielding a number of fringe players has actually proven to Australia’s benefit over the course of this series. These guys are all desperate to show what they can do with World Cup selection on the horizon, despite the shorter format and this is leading to high-level individual performances which South Africa have been unable to cope with. You get the feeling the hosts aren’t hugely invested in this series with all their focus on ODI cricket and it’s hard to see them turning things around here. Back Australia to secure a series sweep.

BETTING TIP: AUSTRALIA TO WIN

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