Kingsmead, Durban – Venue Details & Pitch Report

Average First Innings Score at Durban in T20s in 2023: 175

Batting First vs Batting Second at Durban in T20s sin 2023: Win Bat 1st - 60%, Win Bat 2nd - 40%

SA-AUS Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list at the venue since 2020: Reeza Hendricks(1), Rassie van der Dussen(3), Temba Bavuma(4)

SA-AUS Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list at the venue since 2020: Lungi Ngidi(1), Sisanda Magala(2), Keshav Maharaj(4), Lizaad Williams(7)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has long straight boundaries (78m) and square boundaries (54m, 58m). ThirdMan-DeepMidWicket (TBC) and FineLeg-DeepCover (TBC).

Pitch Report: The pitch at Durban behaved much differently in the 1st T20I as it looked like a belter of a surface. Aiden Markram mentioned at the toss that he expects the pitch t remain the same throughout the match but the Proteas faltered in the chase.

Predicted Playing XI - South Africa (SA) vs Australia (AUS), 3rd T20I

South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram©, Dewald Brevis, Donovan Ferreira(wk), Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi 

Australia: Matthew Short, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh©, Josh Inglis(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Aaron Hardie, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Spencer Johnson

Stat Box - South Africa (SA) vs Australia (AUS), 3rd T20I


Performances in T20s since 2022

Temba Bavuma: Inns - 16, Runs - 186, Avg/SR - 12/113, 50s - 1

Gerald Coetzee: Inns - 15, Wickets - 27

Donovan Ferreira: Inns - 11, Runs - 184, Avg/SR - 18/138, 50s - 1

Bjorn Fortuin: Inns - 12, Wickets - 15, Avg/Eco - 18/6.4

Reeza Hendricks: Inns - 18, Runs - 618, Avg/SR - 36/145

Marco Jansen: Inns - 22, Runs - 292, Avg/SR - 24/109, Wickets - 32, Avg/Eco - 31/8.3

Sisanda Magala: Inns - 13, Wickets - 15, Avg/Eco - 26/8.6

Lungi Ngidi: Inns - 21, Wickets - 33, Avg/Eco - 19/8.1

Tabraiz Shamsi: Inns - 44, Wickets - 54

Tristan Stubbs: Inns - 17, Runs - 423, Avg/SR - 19/144

Rassie van der Dussen: Inns - 19, Runs - 413, Avg/SR - 26/122, 50s - 1

Fantasy Notes - South Africa (SA) vs Australia (AUS), 3rd T20I


  • According to reports, South Africa are said to be ready to rotate the wicketkeeping duties between Donovan Ferreira, Matthew Breetzke, and Tristan Stubbs. With Stubbs playing in the first T20I, we might see one of the other two take the gloves in the 2nd and 3rd T20I.
  • Josh Inglis bats higher in the order compared to whichever South African wicketkeeper plays, which makes him almost a default pick in this section.
  • Tanveer Sangha's 4-fer was a good example of why spinners are important picks in the second innings. The big total set up by Australia put high pressure on the South African batters leading them to attack and lose their wickets. To be fair to Sangha, his 3rd and 4th wickets were classic leg spinner's wickets of stumping and bowled on a wrong'un.
  • Travis Head in T20s since 2021: Inns - 44, Avg/SR - 13/97, 50s - 0; He has struggled against change of pace and wrist spin in this format. The kind of attacking intent he showed in his three balls in the 3 balls of the 1st T20I - makes him a good punt to try because if he is able to connect a couple of balls, he will easily find himself among the top points scorers in the game.
  • If Australia bats first, two of their 23% selected bowlers in Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis will become important picks because they will bowl in the death overs. They have had a lot of success in the BBL bowling at this phase. 
  • If South Africa bowls second, Tabraiz Shamsi (30%) will be expected to play a similar role as that of wrist spinner Tanveer Sangha, which makes a good differential picks due to the scoreboard pressure in the second innings. That is particularly true if South Africa manages to post a big total - for which they have a great potential with the likes of Markram and Brevis at 4/5.

Fantasy XI - South Africa (SA) vs Australia (AUS), 3rd T20I

WK: Josh Inglis

BAT: Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Travis Head

AR: Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Aiden Markram

BOWL: Tabraiz Shamsi, Nathan Ellis, Lungi Ngidi, Jason Behrendoff

C/VC: Aiden Markram, Marcus Stoinis

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Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric