South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20I:Fantasy Preview

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25 Feb 2020 | 04:35 PM
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South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20I:Fantasy Preview

Here are a few tips that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the third and final T20 International between South Africa and Australia, at Newlands, in Cape Town on Wednesday (February 26)

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After a wayward performance in the first T20I, South Africa rectified themselves in the second outing at Port Elizabeth to stage a convincing 12-run win over Australia. 

With the series squared 1-1 now, the two teams will travel to Newlands in Cape Town for the third and final T20I with both sides gunning for a series win 

Ground details and team combination

Since the start of 2018, Newlands has hosted three T20Is and the numbers have favoured the bowlers in these contests. The batters scored at a rate of 22.9 runs per wicket while a wicket fell every 16.7 deliveries. So you should go with a bowler heavy setup for this game.  

Pacers have been the dominant entity at this venue having returned 75.7 percent of the wickets to fall since the start of 2018. Their bowling strike rate of 16.7 is also much better than the spinners who have returned a wicket every 28 balls.

Taking left-arm pacers and right-arm pacers could help you earn points. Since 2018, left-arm pacers have grabbed a wicket in every 13.2 deliveries, while the right-arm fast bowlers are also not too far behind. The likes of Mitchell Starc, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje could come to your aid for this game

Captain Selection

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock has the ability to turn the game at any time if he stays firm at the crease. He might have failed to make an impact in the first T20I, but his 70-run knock helped the Proteas put up a strong total in Port Elizabeth. Since January 2019, he has played 8 T20I innings and scored 347 runs at an average of 49.57, which are exceptional numbers. Coupled with the fact that he is a wicket-keeper, de Kock can help you with points aplenty.

X-factors:

David Warner would have been gutted having not taken his side over the line in the second T20I despite remaining unbeaten in the chase and will have the extra bit of motivation this game. In addition, Cape Town is the place where Warner’s reputation was tarnished last year and he will be itching to right all the wrongs. His numbers in T20Is since the start of 2019 are beyond believable and he will want to continue with the same.

Mitchell Starc can be wayward at times but on his day, he is lethal and can rattle the best in the business. Moreover in the last six innings, since 2018, the Newlands pitch has favoured left-arm pacers and Starc, if he finds his radar early, can help you with a lot of points. He has shown impressive form too in recent times. Since the start of 2019, Starc has returned nine wickets striking every 17.3 balls. 

Lungi Ngidi might be expensive at times but he has the ability to change the course of a game as he showed in the second T20I. His numbers between overs 16-20 in T20Is are impeccable. Since 2019 he has grabbed nine wickets in five innings at a strike rate of 6 in the death overs. He will once again hope to get his side on the right side of the result come Wednesday.

So, who should you pick in your fantasy team for this encounter? We will go for a combination of five frontline batsmen including the wicket-keeper, two all-rounders and four bowlers in the side. 

Suggested team:

Quinton de Kock (C & wk), David Warner (vc),  Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Rassie van der Dussen,  Andile Phehlukwayo, Ashton Agar, Lungi Ngidi,  Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

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