SA Vs AUS Dream11 : Enthralling series opener on our hands today with two staunch sides squaring off against each other for a riveting affair
The last time the Australian cricket team came to South Africa, it ended up being a defining moment in their cricketing books. Caught ball tampering in the test match between the two outfits, Australia were shamed and smeared for their crass act, the fallouts of which were chastening for the side.
The side faced colossal backlash for that calamitous incident with the ensuing year being one of the worst for the country in the sport. They unravelled after that, going on a massive downward spiral with the side plummeting in ranks as they were pummelled by almost everyone in the cricketing fraternity.
Now as the side return to the country after a gap of two players to square off in a three match T20 series, the focus will in specific be on David Warner and Steven Smith. Both were banned for a year following their involvement in the misdemeanour and when they step out in the middle for today’s clash, the duo is bound to be taken pot-shots and jibes at by the ardent home supporters who’ll spare no expense in letting their feelings being made visible.
Elsewhere for the hosts, this series is a crucial one. The side were only a week back dismissed 2-1 by England in the T20 series between the two sides, one the hosts ended up losing despite holding a 1-0 lead. They’ll be looking to overhaul those performances when they step out onto the field today to clash heads against Australia in the series opener this Friday.
SA Vs AUS Dream11 Probable Winner
On a wicket where piling the runs on will be extremely easy, Australia’s ability to send down a restrictive line and length will benefit them. Their pacers will be pivotal in this encounter with rain seeing them getting the ball to misbehave to guide Australia to a 1-0 lead in the series.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With rain being in the air for this one, the side winning the toss is set to step out and opt to field first on the day. Despite rain intervening in this tie, the batting conducive conditions will remain largely unaffected with this traditionally being a surface where runs have poured down at will.
Probable Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (C, WK), Smuts, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Henrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi
David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson
Three Match T20 Series
Match: South Africa Vs Australia First T20
Date And Time: 21st February, Friday – 9:30pm IST
Venue: Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Telecast: Star Sports 1, Hindi/ Select 1/HD
5 Must Have Players
- Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Henrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi
- Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins
SA Vs AUS Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
South Africa’s captain and opener, Quinton de Kock was an instant pick for us for this encounter. He was South Africa’s top scorer in the T20 series against England, coming up with performances which showcased the expansive skill set at his persuasion.
We are also getting in Heinrich Klaasen from the side after he needed a mere 33 balls in the culminating T20 to come up with 66 runs. Elsewhere from Australia we are going to be venturing in with the services of Alex Carey given his ability to clear out the ball from right the very first delivery.
SA Vs AUS Dream11 Batsmen
The side’s openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch come in from Australia given their explosive brand of batting, one which is set to thrive against a South African bowling unit which leaked over 200 runs on this surface only last week.
From the home setup meanwhile, Rassie van der Dussen will be making a place into our side given his knowhow of the game and ability to open his arms when needed.
SA Vs AUS Dream11 All-Rounders
Just the one pick for us with us opting for Mitchell Marsh from Australia over here. His price tag played a major role in us opting for him with his pick allowing us to divulge funds in elsewhere. Also, with him capable of coming out and cleaning the bowlers in the death overs, he is set to come up with a late surge in this tie.
SA Vs AUS Dream11 Bowling Order
All across the T20 series against England, Lungi Ndidi emerged as South Africa’s most impressive bowler. His two wickets in the series concluder saw him emerge as the home side’s leading wicket take from that series with his ability and willingness to mix up deliveries making him our first pick here.
Kagiso Rabadda will join him from the south african bowling beacuse of his good depth bowling.
While from Australia we are moving in with legspinner Adam Zampa who took three wickets in his last outing. His wicket to wicket line and length along with ability to give the ball air and rotations will perturb a right hand heavy South African batting unit.
Last pick for us will be M Starc from Australia as he will be bowling th last overs thus more chance of getting the wickets.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Given his titillating form, Quinton captains our side while Warner will come in as vice-captain.
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.