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AS IT HAPPENED: Stoinis holds his nerve as Australia squeak past small South African target

23rd October, 2021
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First Innings: Australia

5/121

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23rd October, 2021
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South Africa

5/121

Australia win by 5 wickets

0/26 (3.4) *Pretorius O: 19.4
2/21 (4.0) Nortje RR:5.46
15.2
5/81
Maxwell ()
14.5
4/80
Smith ()
7.5
3/38
Marsh ()
4.3
2/20
Warner ()
1.5
1/4
Finch ()
First Innings: South Africa9/118RR: 5.06O: 20.0

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First Innings: South Africa 9/118 RR: 5.06 O: 20.0
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

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(b 2, lb 3, w 1, nb 0)

6  
Total 118  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
M.A. Starc 4.0 0 32 2 8.00
G.J. Maxwell 4.0 0 24 1 6.00
J.R. Hazlewood 4.0 1 19 2 4.75
P.J. Cummins 4.0 0 17 1 4.25
A. Zampa 4.0 0 21 2 5.25
First Innings: Australia 5/121 RR: 5.46 O: 19.4
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

Extras

(b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)

4  
Total 121  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
K.S. Rabada 4.0 0 28 1 7.00
A. Nortje 4.0 0 21 2 5.25
K.A. Maharaj 4.0 0 23 1 5.75
T. Shamsi 4.0 0 22 1 5.50
D. Pretorius 3.4 0 26 0 7.09

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The Super 12 portion of the 2021 T20 World Cup gets underway tonight, when Australia takes on South Africa at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 9.00pm (AEDT).

The business end of the World Cup starts tonight, with the remaining 12 sides split into two groups for a round robin format. Only two sides from each group progress which is why, for Australia and South Africa, it’s already a virtual must-win.

With T20 heavyweights, England, and the defending champions West Indies in their group, a loss here could effectively end their campaign.

Australia’s recent T20 record has been nothing short of abysmal, losing their last five series. However, during that time, their best side was rarely on the field. They come into the World Cup as outsiders, and will no doubt like the ‘dark horses’ tag.

If the team can play at its peak, they are a chance to surprise many. There is just too much talent in that team to write them off.

Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood will be looking to continue on from impressive IPL seasons, while David Warner will be seeking redemption. If he and Aaron Finch develop some partnerships at the top of the order, the rest of the world will be paying more attention.

South Africa are ranked two spots ahead of Australia, and with three T20 series wins in a row, they come into this tournament in form and not under any pressure.

The South Africans take on a new look appearance, with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis not in the side. Du Plessis was available for selection, and after a successful IPL for Chennai, his absence is surprising.

However, with Kagiso Rabada in form, and with T20 No.1-ranked bowler Tabraiz Shamsi causing plenty of confusion with his left-arm wrist spin, the Proteas may upset a couple of more fancied rivals.

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Prediction
While trying to minimise any national bias, I think Australian can win tonight.

South Africa have brought a young side and lack of experience could be a factor on the biggest T20 stage.

Shamsi and Rabada pose big obstacles for the Australian batting line-up but the Aussies have some firepower of their own.

I think they will get home in a close match-up.

Australia to win by 20 runs or 4 wickets.

Game information

First ball: 9.00pm (AEDT)
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports
Odds:

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Australia
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

South Africa
Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

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