Hosts South Africa are all set to take on Australia in the first T20I of a highly anticipated three-match series on Wednesday. The high-stakes encounter is scheduled to electrify fans at the iconic Kingsmead stadium in Durban.

With excitement reaching a fever pitch, both teams are gearing up to kick off the series with a bang. A victory in the opening match would provide a crucial early advantage and set the tone for the subsequent battles. The series is not only a contest for supremacy but also a chance for players to prove their mettle on an international stage.

However, both squads will be missing some of their seasoned campaigners, injecting an element of unpredictability into the series. The absence of these senior players opens the door wide for the young talents to shine and establish their presence at the highest level of the game. This unique opportunity promises to showcase the depth of talent that both countries possess in their cricketing reserves.

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As the cricketing world turns its attention to this showdown, fans are eagerly awaiting the fireworks that the T20 format is known for. The short yet explosive nature of the game leaves no room for complacency, ensuring an action-packed spectacle for viewers.

South Africa vs Australia 2023, first T20I:

Date and Time: August 30; 06:00 pm local | 04:00 pm GMT | 09:30 pm IST
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban

Kingsmead Pitch Report:

The Kingsmead pitch has proven to be a good supporter for bowlers, offering them a significant advantage in the T20 format. With an average first innings score of 146 and second innings score of 131, it’s clear that the track provides substantial assistance to the bowling side. Captains winning the toss might be inclined to take advantage of the early moisture and movement that the pitch offers, opting to bowl first and capitalize on the potential for early breakthroughs.

SA vs AUS Dream11 Prediction Picks:

  • Wicketkeeper: Matthew Wade
  • Batters: Aiden Markram, Tim David, Travis Head, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Bravis
  • All-rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Marco Jansen
  • Bowlers: Tabraiz Shamsi, Adam Zampa

SA vs AUS Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:

Choice 1: Mitchell Marsh (c), Aiden Markram (vc)
Choice 2: Travis Head (c), Dewald Bravis (vc)

SA vs AUS Dream11 Prediction Backups:

Matt Short, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Johnson

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SA vs AUS Dream11 Team for today’s match (09:30 am GMT, 3rd ODI):

(Screengrab: Dream11)


South Africa: Aiden Markram (c), Temba Bavuma, Matthew Breetzke, Dewald Brevis, Gerald Coetzee, Donovan Ferreira, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Lizaad Williams, Rassie van der Dussen

Australia: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

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