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South Africa v Australia 2nd T20I preview: Same again would suit Marsh

Mitch Marsh's time as Australia T20 captain could hardly have got off to a better start, as his side battered South Africa by 111 runs in the series opener at Kingsmead in Durban.

The two side lock horns at the same venue in the early hours of Saturday morning and another success for the tourists would wrap up a series victory with one match to spare, with Australia now 1.16 to take the series honours.

The Proteas will undoubtedly be eager to make amends for such a heavy defeat in the first meeting of the two sides, with the loss the heaviest they have ever suffered at the hands of the Baggy Greens in the 20-over format.

WhatSouth Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I
WhereKingsmead, Durban
When02:00 (AEST), Saturday 2nd September
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsSouth Africa 2.37, Australia 1.57

Skipper Marsh leads by example

All-rounder Marsh enjoyed a dream debut as skipper as he blasted a career-best 92 not out from just 49 balls, having come in at number three in the first over following the dismissal of Travis Head.

He added 97 for the fifth wicket with Tim David, whose thundering 64 from 28 deliveries was enough to earn him a call-up for the following ODI series.

David smashed four sixes and seven fours during his innings and is 6.50 to Score Most Match 6s in the second Kingsmead showdown.

Matt Short and Aaron Hardie both reached the 20s on their T20I debuts, while with the ball tearaway left-armer Spencer Johnson took the wicket of Proteas top-scorer Reeza Hendricks and then finished the match by clean bowling Tabraiz Shamsi.

However, his fellow T20I debutant bowler Tanveer Sangha was the star of the show, as the young leg-spinner took 4-31 from his four overs, narrowly missing out on the best figures by an Australian on their 20-over bow.

Sangha’s performance was all the more impressive given that he was only playing due to fellow leggie Adam Zampa being ruled out due to illness.

Having claimed such a comprehensive victory, it is hard to see Australia making changes, although it could be tempting to bring in Zampa and forge a two-pronged leg-spin attack with Sangha.

Zampa is 4.00 to be Team - Top Bowler, with Sangha priced at 5.00 in the same market.

Hosts left to pick up the pieces

Losing the opener in a short three-match series is bad enough, but South Africa have been left with a huge task to get back on track after suffering such an overwhelming defeat.

Opener Hendricks’ 56 from 43 balls was the only notable contribution in 115 all out, with the next top-scorer Rassie van der Dussen with 21, as the hosts fell woefully short of their victory target of 227.

The batters may have some excuse given that the Aussie total was so big that they were under pressure to try and somehow keep up with the rate, but at 69-5 in the ninth over there was no way back.

Matthew Breetzke will hope to be given a chance to make his international debut for the Proteas, who will want to see their middle-order can cope better with the Australian leg-spinners than they did in the first match

Highly-rated youngster Dewald Brevis made just five on his first appearance for his country and he can be backed at 15.00 to respond by being Team - Top Batter on Saturday.

With the ball, the hosts were simply blown away in the series opener, with all five bowlers used going for at least ten runs an over, although seamer Lizaad Williams at least had the comfort of taking three wickets.

The vastly experienced Kesha Maharaj may be fit to feature in the second clash, with his fellow left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin and paceman Sisanda Magala are other options available for the hosts.

Whoever the Proteas plump for, they need a complete turnaround in fortunes if they are to spring a surprise 2.37 series-levelling victory.

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