Can South Africa crack code T20 with a bolstered line-up?

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South Africa has not yet realized the Twenty20 international cricket. They have lost more often than they have won in the last two years, going through four captains and no less than 28 players. While Vision 2019 is taking shape, South Africa's outlook in the shorter format may have been less than 20/20.

The placement of the T20I in the international calendar, very often as an apparent idea after the end of a tour, has not helped in the past, but that is beginning to change. South Africa has played three sets of three T20I matches since the T20 World Cup in 2016, with only two single games against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and will now add a fourth against Zimbabwe, with the first game in East London followed by matches in Potchefstroom and Benoni .

While the format is different, the World Cup to be held next year in England is looming on the horizon, and the next games could be seen as an audition for more honors of the cue ball. The T20 cricket pitch will certainly adapt to South Africa's general drive toward sustained aggression in its one-day plans, and the hosts' batting will be reinforced by the return of Quinton from Kock and David Miller, both rested for the first time. ODIs. 19659003] With Faf du Plessis back at the helm and JP Duminy included, there is a much more experienced appearance in the batting lineup, as well as some new faces looking to join the team. There are two possible debutants in the hitters Gihahn Cloete and Rassie van der Dussen, while Junior Dala has another chance with the ball and Dane Paterson and Robbie Frylinck return after missing the trip to Sri Lanka in August.

For its part, Zimbabwe put on its best overall performance of the tour in the third ODI, and they will not mind a format change that should bring the teams closer. Zimbabwe does not have much to talk about in the T20 cricket, but it faced the formidable teams of Pakistan and Australia in the last episode during the tri-series in July. These upcoming matches could be his best chance to surprise and secure his first victory in T20I in two years.

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In the spotlight

There is some new names in the team of South Africa, and one of the most outstanding is Rassie van der Dussen . Only Lendl Simmons scored more runs than him at the Global T20 Canada and van der Dussen capped a fantastic tournament with 44 in the final to help the Vancouver Knights lift the title. He clearly impressed the Vancouver coach, Donovan Miller, who also trains the St. Patricks of St. Kitts and Nevis at the CPL and brought Van der Dussen with him to that tournament. He has three hundred T20s and experience in multiple roles: opening the batting for the Lions with Reeza Hendricks, and playing a role of last order for the Knights and Patriots.

Solomon Mire is the only real game at a high level in Zimbabwe made up of players who like to take their time, and whether or not it can be vital to their success in a format which demands a quick score from the beginning. He has not had a good tour so far, with scores of 0, 2 and 7 in the ODI, but the T20 is adapted to the game of Look. Before he was eliminated by the gluteus tear in July, he had improved his reputation with a quick fifty against Australia and was on the verge of becoming the first Zimbabwean to add a T20I one hundred with 94 against a Pakistani attack that is one of the best in this

Team News

The return of Quinton from Kock presents South Africa with a sort of middle order riddle. He will replace Heinrich Klaasen as goalkeeper, but Klaasen could keep his place only as a batter based on the recent form. If that happens, JP Duminy could be the man who gets lost.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (week), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 JP Duminy / Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller , 7 Robbie Frylinck, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Junior Dala, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Imran Tahir

It is possible that Zimbabwe has a new starting pair for this game. with Chamu Chibhabha joining the squad, and Tarisai Musakanda replacing Craig Ervine in the middle order. Tendai Chatara had a horrible time with the ball in the third ODI and could give way to Chris Mpofu, and the darts of the left arm of Tendai Chisoro should be preferred to those of Wellington Masakadza.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Solomon Mire, 2 Chamu Chibhabha, 3 Hamilton Masakadza (capt), 4 Brendan Taylor (wk), 5 Tarisai Musakanda, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Tendai Chisoro, 9 Brandon Mavuta, 10 Kyle Jarvis, 11 Chris Mpofu [19659007] Pitch and conditions

The Buffalo Park in East London hosted nine games during the Africa T20 tournament last month, including the semifinals and the final, won by the Gauteng side of Temba Bavuma. The scores during those matches suggest decent conditions for the T20 cricket, with an average first-inning score of 153. Namibia broke 200 against Mpumalanga, and almost all the time the best hitters enjoyed it. Expect another good hitting shot and a warm, coastal night.

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Appointments

"There are a lot of players on the team who are quite new, they look at their performances at home, they really deserve their caps".
Andile Phehlukwayo supports the new faces of the South African team to bring their good form to the international stage

source:- espncricinfo.com

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