Date & Time: Friday, February 21, 21:30 IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Old wounds resurface in the way to the WT20 2020
After the infamous sandpaper scandal Australia tour South Africa for the first time in almost two years’ time. The wounds from that infamous incident seem to have healed in the Aussie camp but all eyes will be on how the South African crowd receives both Warner and Smith.
That will be the side story, but the main one will be the 3 T20Is to be played in the build-up to the mega event later this year. Both sides have tested a few players in recent series’ and this series will be no different as the process to figure out the ideal 15 men squad intensifies. It has been more than 3 months since the Aussies played a T20I series but most of the players are fresh from recently concluded BBL which has given few opportunities. On the other hand, the Proteas have just finished a series against England which proved to be the most thrilling one in recent times. Now it’s interesting to see how this series pans out with the return of a few crucial players on both sides.
Temba Bevuma who is recovering from a hamstring injury will miss out on the first T20I. In his absence, Faf Duplessis is likely to open alongside De Kock. Another likely change would be the omission of Dale Steyn with the return of Rabada.
Australia has to decide between one of Dary Short or Mathew Wade in the top 5 and a pace-bowling option between one Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson.
The Wanderers is usually a high scoring venue when it comes to the T20 format. The average first innings score in the two years has been close to 200. The Pacers have dominated proceedings historically here so it’s wise to load the fantasy team with as many pacers as possible.
The South African captain has been in red hot form in the season as he was the top run-scorer for the side across formats. In the last 5 matches, he has an impressive PPM of 82.4 and an MDTA of 1 which makes the must-have in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
After a break during the England Series, he is back to the T20 squad against a side that brings best out him. In the 4 matches played against Australia, he has a PPM of 53 and an MDTA of 1.33.
In the last two T20I series back home he was unstoppable as he was dismissed only once in those 6 marches. In the very period, he has scored at a PPM of 82 and made it to the dream team on every instance. The above stats make him the irresistible choice in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is among the top 5 ranked bowlers in the shorter format. His deadly ability to be accurate in the death overs of an innings gives him the utmost opportunity to be among the wickets. In the last 7 T20Is, he has a PPM of almost 50.
There were few concerns about him during his comeback in the recent England series as he is coming back on an injury break. But he has thrown those concerns elsewhere with roping the wicket charts in the England series. His PPM of 54 and an MDTA of 1.4 in the 10 T20Is makes him the must-have a bowler in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.