South Africa were fairly comfortable winners in the second T20 match as they claimed the series and will now look to end with a 3-0 win here. The Sri Lankans were poor with both bat and ball and if it wasn’t for Isuru Udana’s spectacular knock, they would have lost by a lot more.
Imran Tahir went out with a bang in his final international match in South Africa as he was given the responsibility of bowling for the Proteas in their thrilling Super Over contest in the first T20 with the veteran doing the job as his side claimed the win.
South Africa dominated the ODI series against Sri Lanka with an impressive 5-0 whitewash and will be looking to continue where they left off as they begin a three-match T20 series. The Proteas were impressive in the 50-over format and will be looking to put on a show in these 20-over games.
England were comprehensive winners in the second T20 match and they can complete a whitewash to end the tour of West Indies on a high if they can win the third and final game. The West Indies will be determined to bounce back from their horror-show but face a tough task to turn around that level of performance.
England took advantage of some sloppy play by the West Indies to claim victory in the first T20 international. The tourists did well even though they have rested some of their big guns with Jonny Bairstow and Tom Curran the stars with bat and ball respectively.
Prior to this tour, many would have argued that the T20s were West Indies’ strongest format of the game and after winning the Test series and drawing the ODIs, that is ominous news for the tourists. England typically have a strong line-up for T20s but their decision to rest some key players like Buttler and Stokes leaves them a little light.
India will still be wondering how they lost the first T20 international against Australia but will be desperate to put things right as they look to maintain their proud record on home soil. They will need to be much improved with their batsmen needing to score at a faster rate than they did in the first game.
Afghanistan blew the Irish away in the second T20 international on Saturday smashing all kinds of records on the way to an 84-run win. It is hard to see how Ireland can respond with this third T20 match – albeit a dead rubber – coming just one day later at the same venue.
Afghanistan extended their own winning run as well as their streak over Ireland in the first T20 international although it was relatively close and did come down to a couple of key moments which could have gone either way. Ireland will not be disheartened by that first match so they will come again hard here although their batting simply must improve.
India have a formidable T20 record on home soil and although Australia will have hopes of bringing their long unbeaten run to an end, they face a huge task. The Indians are at full-strength and have several players looking to secure places in the ODI World Cup squad whilst the tourists have some injury issues.
Ireland come from a quadrangular series in Oman where they played reasonably well to warm up for this series against Afghanistan but there are a number of factors against them here.
Ireland come into this opening match expected to win but will have learned from a defeat in a warm-up match with an Oman Development XI that they will not have it easy here. The batting was reasonable although more of their line-up will have to contribute and support skipper Paul Stirling more.
Scotland had a clear edge against Netherlands in the Tri-Nations series in the summer where they beat them twice. Despite this series being in Oman and in conditions different to the summer in the Netherlands, they will be just as capable of adjusting as the Dutch will be.
This deciding T20 international between New Zealand and India promises to be a cracker to bring an end to this intriguing series. The tourists have just had the edge throughout in all formats of the game but the Blackcaps are competing hard and pushed them all the way.