Real T20 World Cup from today: Australia and South Africa compete in the first match of Super-12

Super-12 round matches are starting from today in T20 World Cup. That is, the real thrill of this World Cup is starting from today itself. Australia will face South Africa in the first match of Group 1. The match will start at 3:30 pm in Abu Dhabi.
Real T20 World Cup from today: Australia and South Africa compete in the first match of Super-12
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Super-12 round matches are starting from today in T20 World Cup. That is, the real thrill of this World Cup is starting from today itself. Australia will face South Africa in the first match of Group 1. The match will start at 3:30 pm in Abu Dhabi. Both the teams have not won the T20 World Cup even once.

England, West Indies, Bangladesh are the other teams in this group. The sixth team could be from Sri Lanka. The top 2 out of 6 teams have to get entry into the semi-finals. So this match is very important for both Australia and South Africa.

Pitch and conditions

This is a day match. Therefore, both the teams will have to deal with the scorching sun and scorching heat. The maximum temperature will go up to 33 degrees Celsius. Four qualifier matches of this World Cup have been held in Abu Dhabi. In three of these, the team batting later has won. However, if we talk about all the T20 matches held here, then the team batting first has won more.

Team News: Australia can go with 7+4 strategy

  • Australia captain Aaron Finch has made it clear that his team will go with 7 batters and 4 specialist bowlers. Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis will play the role of all-rounders. This means that either Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Kane Richardson can get a chance in the playing 11.
  • Looking at the challenge of South Africa, Australia can include two spinners in the playing-11. In such a situation, both Tabrez Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj can be seen playing.

Matchups: Rabada's stellar record against Maxwell

Match-ups are very important in today's T20 cricket. That is, to use a particular player of yours against a particular player of the opposite team. In this match, South Africa's team can use fast bowler Kagiso Rabada against Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell. Rabada has bowled 27 balls to Maxwell in T20 cricket and got out three times. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Rabada dismissed Maxwell on a bouncer.

Prediction: South Africa has the upper hand on the basis of warm-up

The recent performance of both the teams in International T20 has not been very good. This will also be only the second encounter between the two in the T20 World Cup. They had previously faced each other in 2012, in which Australia won. However, this time South Africa looks to have the upper hand on the basis of the performance of the warm-up matches.
South Africa has two quality spinners. Also, the team's batsmen did well in the high-scoring warm-up match against Pakistan.

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