AUS vs SA 1st T20 International: Playing XI, Pitch Report, Predictions and Fantasy Tips

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AUS vs SA 1st T20I: Match preview

Durban, August 30, 2023 – Brace yourselves for some cricketing excitement as Australia and South Africa gear up for an electrifying showdown in the first T20 International (T20I) in Durban. It’s all happening on August 30, with the game kicking off at 9:30 pm IST or 6:00 pm local time.

Durban’s cricketing stage is going to be home to all three T20Is of this series. Interestingly, the Asia Cup 2023 is also starting on August 30, where Asian teams are getting ready to battle it out before the ICC World Cup 2023.

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Australia is all set for a cricket-packed tour, with three T20Is and five ODIs lined up against South Africa from August 30 to September 17. After that, they’re locking horns with India in a three-match ODI series on September 22, 24, and 27.

But there’s a little twist in the story. Pat Cummins, Australia’s cricket star, and captain for ODIs and Tests, won’t be part of the T20I squad due to a wrist fracture he got during the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval (July 27-31). He’s taking a rest for about six weeks, aiming to make a grand comeback during the ODI series against India. Stepping up as skipper for the T20Is is Mitchell Marsh.

There’s more news. Just before the big game, two key players from Australia, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith, had to bow out due to injuries. Smith’s dealing with a wrist tendon injury, while Starc is nursing a sore groin. As a result, Marnus Labuschagne takes Smith’s spot in the ODI squad, and Ashton Turner fills in for the T20I squad. For both formats, Spencer Johnson steps in for the injured Starc.

Now shifting focus to South Africa. Aiden Markram steps up as the new T20I captain, taking the reins from Temba Bavuma. Markram’s got his eyes on leading his team to victory in the three-match series on their home turf. And watch out for Dewald Brevis, who’s getting his first-ever T20I call-up, and Matthew Breetzke, the wicketkeeper-batsman who’s earned his shot in the national team.

In the rankings game, South Africa’s sitting at fifth place for T20Is, while Australia’s just behind at sixth. On the ODI side, Australia’s in second place, and South Africa’s in sixth. These two teams have faced off 22 times in T20Is, with Australia clinching victory in 14 matches and South Africa taking 8.

The battleground is none other than Durban’s iconic cricket ground, known for its friendly conditions for batters. With a good mix of pace, bounce, and carry, it’s a dream for batsmen, giving them the confidence to play great shots. It’s likely that both teams will opt to chase, considering the favorable conditions.

Lets get ready for a cricketing spectacle as Durban becomes the center stage for this epic clash, promising excitement for fans and players alike.

AUS vs SA 1st T20I: Weather Report

The inaugural AUS vs SA T20I is set to commence at 6 pm local time, equivalent to 9.30 pm IST. Weather conditions are expected to be favorable, with clear skies and no rain anticipated. The evening temperature is projected to be around 18 degrees, gradually dropping to approximately 12 degrees as night falls, creating optimal playing conditions.

AUS vs SA 1st T20: Pitch Report

Durban boasts a T20I history of 19 matches, where the team batting first clinched victory in 10 encounters, while the team batting second emerged triumphant in seven matches. This renowned South African ground is revered for its optimal batting conditions, characterized by even pace and bounce that facilitate smooth strokeplay. It’s undoubtedly one of the country’s premier batting venues, often witnessing high-scoring contests, with first-innings scores hovering around the 170-run mark. The historical trend suggests that the pitch at this Durban venue has consistently favored batsmen, raising expectations for yet another high-scoring game.

AUS vs SA 1st T20: Predictions & Fantacy Tips, Dream 11 Team

Australia is undeniably in a phase of regeneration, a journey marked by the potential debut of three players. Despite this transition, given their exposure to prominent global players, it wouldn’t be astonishing if Johnson, Hardie, and Short eventually emerge as pivotal match-winners.

As Australia focuses on introducing fresh faces, their senior players have been afforded rest for the T20I series. In contrast, South Africa has assembled their full-strength lineup. Consequently, our forecast for Wednesday leans towards a victory for South Africa.

AUS vs SA 1st T20: Dream 11 Teams

Team Will be updated after team announcement after toss.

FAQs: AUS vs SA Live Streaming

When will the AUS vs SA 1st T20I match begin?

The first T20I between AUS and SA is slated to start at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

How to live stream the AUS vs SA 1st T20I match? 

The T20I and ODI series between AUS and SA will be broadcast live on Star Sports in India. Viewers can also catch the action through live streaming on the Disney Plus Hotstar app and website.

Where will the AUS vs SA 1st T20I match take place? 

The venue for the 1st T20I between AUS and SA is Kingsmead in Durban.

Who is Australia’s captian? 

Mitchell Marsh

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