South Africa v Australia 3rd T20 International, Newlands, Cape Town, betting preview, tips

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Bookmakers believe Australia will beat South Africa in the third and deciding T20 International in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Leading international sports betting sites haves made Australia $1.57 favourites, despite South Africa levelling the series 1-1 with a 12-run victory in the second match in Port Elizabeth.

Welcome to our betting tips article for the third South Africa v Australia T20 International at Newlands, Cape Town, being played on Wednesday, February 26 (3am, Feb 27, AEDT).

The Proteas, on the back of yet another dashing effort by captain and opener Quinton de Kock, rebounded after the first match thrashing, but you can still secure around $2.38 for a South African victory in the final T20.

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Australian opener David Warner was left stranded as the Australian run chase fell short in PE, with the shift of wicketkeeper Alex Carey up the order failing to deliver the hoped for results.

Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald did not rule out continuing to experiment with the batting line-up, with an eye to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

“[Coach] Justin [Langer] wants the players to be flexible, we’re training them to be flexible and most of the time these guys have batted in all different situations and positions in the order,” McDonald told AAP.

“We’ll be flexible between four, five and six and I don’t think that’d be any different in Cape Town depending on the situation.”

For South Africa, they will be hoping to score a series win after recently losing a tight T20 series against England and drawing the ODI series against the world champions 1-1.

Read on for our South Africa v Australia tips and odds update for the third T20 International at Cape Town on Wednesday.


South Africa v Australia series schedule, results

T20 Internationals
Friday, Feb 21: South Africa v Australia, 1st T20I, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg: Australia 6-196 (20 overs; Steve Smith 45, Aaron Finch 42; Dale Steyne 2-31, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-31) d South Africa 89 (14.3 overs; Faf du Plessis 24; Ashton Agar 5-24) by 107 runs. Player of the match: Ashton Agar.

Sunday, Feb 23: South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 4-158 (20 overs; Quinton de Kock 70; Kane Richardson 2-21) d Australia 6-146 (20 overs; David Warner 67no; Lungi Ngidi 3-41) by 12 runs. Player of the match: Quinton de Kock.

Wednesday, Feb 26: South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20I, Newlands, Cape Town, 6pm (local time), 3am (February 27) AEDT

One-day Internationals
Saturday, Feb 29: South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Boland Park, Paarl, 1pm (local time), 10pm AEDT
Wednesday, Mar 04: South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, 1pm (local time), 10pm AEDT
Saturday, Mar 07: South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, 10am (local time), 7pm AEDT


Squads for South Africa v Australia

South Africa squad
Quinton de Kock (captain, wk), Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen.

Australia T20I squad
Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Australia ODI squad
Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, D’arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.


South Africa v Australia 3rd T20 odds

Head to head odds: South Africa $2.38, Australia $1.57

Man of the match odds:
$8 David Warner, Aaron Finch, Quinton de Kock
$11 Steve Smith, Temba Bavuma
$13 Faf du Plessis, D’Arcy Short
$15 Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
$17 Adam Zampa, Kagiso Rabada, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen
$21 Alex Carey, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jhye Richardson, Heinrich Klaasen, Sean Abbott, Dwaine Pretorius, Pite van Biljon, Kane Richardson, Jon Jon Smuts
$26 Ashton Agar, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi
$34 Bjorn Fortuin

Top batsman South Africa odds:
$3.25 Quinton de Kock
$4.50 Temba Bavuma
$5 Faf du Plessis
$5.50 Reeza Hendricks
$6 Rassie van der Dussen
$7 David Miller, Jon Jon Smuts
$8 Heinrich Klaasen, Pite van Biljon

Top batsman Australia odds:
$3.50 David Warner, Aaron Finch
$4.50 Steve Smith, D’Arcy Short
$7 Matthew Wade
$9 Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh

Top bowler South Africa odds:
$4 Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
$4.50 Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje
$5 Bjorn Fortuin, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi

Top bowler Australia odds:
$4 Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
$4.50 Adam Zampa
$5 Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson
$5.50 Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar
$6 Mitchell Marsh
$9 D’Arcy Short


South Africa v Aus 3rd T20 betting tips

The second match was a cliff-hanger and hopefully the third match will be too. We have scoured the bookies’ odds to try to find some good value bets and win some real money. For more info read our guide to betting on cricket.

Andile Phehlukwayo most wickets for South Africa

While Phehlukwayo did not play in the second T20 International, don’t be surprised to see him back in the side for the decider as he is something of a Newlands specialist. He plays for the local team in the T20 domestic series so really has a handle on what works at the beautiful Newlands ground. You should be able to secure at least $5 for this outcome and if you are betting from South Africa check out the top ZA betting sites.

Steve Smith man of the match at $11

Smith is the real class batsman in the Australian side and batting may not be easy in this deciding clash. We always like to bet on the most solid players when the real prizes are on the line and, while Smith has not always been a T20 dominator, there’s no question of his ability to stay in. That will be crucial to Australia’s chances.


South Africa v Australia predictions – 3rd T20, Feb 26, 2020

As shown by the first two T20s, a lot rests on the shoulders of the brilliant left-handed opener and skipper Quinton de Kock. If the Australians can dismiss him early, chances are they will win the match. He has had a wonderful summer though even if the rest of the team has not been up for the battle. Good punting.

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