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Recent Match Report – South Australia vs Tasmania 3rd Match 2020

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South Australia 195 (Nielsen 64) and 5 for 347 (Head 171*) drew with Tasmania 8 for 493 dec (Doran 112, Paine 111, McDermott 90, Wakim 83)

Travis Head batted throughout the final day against Tasmania, in front of his Test captain Tim Paine, to salvage a draw for South Australia after they were in danger of starting their Sheffield Shield season to back-to-back heavy defeats.

Head finished unbeaten on 171 when he shook hands with Paine in the final session having taken his team to safety alongside young allrounder Liam Scott. Jackson Bird had put life back into Tasmania’s victory push with two wickets in an over when South Australia still trailed by 40 in mid-afternoon.

However Head, who was among the more culpable of batsmen on the final day against Western Australia when South Australia could not save the game, flashing a top edge after reaching a half-century, stood firm as new Redbacks coach Jason Gillespie watched on having completed his quarantine earlier in the match.

South Australia lost just one wicket in the first half of the day as Head resumed his rescue mission which had begun the previous evening. Peter Siddle produced an excellent delivery to clip Henry Hunt’s off stump before the experienced duo of Head and Callum Ferguson joined forces in a fourth-wicket stand of 129 which spanned 40 overs during which Head reached his century from 120 deliveries – a good clip given the match-saving scenario.

Then, however, Ferguson played around a full delivery from Bird who followed up in a lively over by having Harry Nielsen caught behind to leave South Australia on 5 for 258. Head and Scott, who is highly regarded, got through to tea and the Redbacks’ tensions started to ease when they wiped out the deficit. Nathan Ellis produced a sharp late spell to try and crack things open for Tasmania but it was not to be.



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Jaffna Stallions vs Kandy Tuskers, LPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions

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December 1: Jaffna Stallions vs Kandy Tuskers, Hambantota

Pro Tip: Batting is the strength for both teams, so pick more batters in this game.

Our XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Shoaib Malik, Asela Gunaratne, Tom Moores, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Naveen-ul-Haq, Duanne Olivier

Substitutes: Usman Shinwari, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekuge Prasanna

Player availability: The Tuskers’ Brendan Taylor and Dale Steyn’s availability is still uncertain. We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Kusal Perera

When it comes to the captain’s choice, the Tuskers’ skipper Perera offers the best option. In six T20 innings this year, he has scored 213 runs at a strike rate of 148.95. Perera is also in-form, which was evident from his 52-ball 87 in the first game of the tournament.

Vice-captain: Avishka Fernando

The 22-year old opener started this season with a scintillating and an unbeaten 63-ball 92. He has been scoring heavily in Hambantota too, where in 39 T20s, he has scored 1001 runs at a respectable strike rate of 138.64.

Hot Picks

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Despite having just turned 19, Gurbaz has already played 38 T20s and scored 983 runs at an average of 26.56 and a strike rate of 157.53. He has already started the tournament with knocks of 53 and 30. In the 40 balls he faced in this tournament he has hit 15 boundaries in total.

Kusal Mendis: The 25-year old is already an experienced campaigner with 146 matches for Sri Lanka across all three formats so far. In both games in this tournament, he batted well in innings of 30 and 34 not out.

Wanindu Hasaranga: The young legspinner has bowled the most economical spell in LPL 2020 so far, with figures of 4-0-12-2 against the Galle Gladiators, who had scored 175. In Sri Lanka’s last ten domestic T20 competition matches, he has also taken 18 wickets and scored 199 runs.

Differential Picks

Asela Gunaratne: Allrounder Gunaratne is still unbeaten in the tournament with 36 runs from two innings, having picked up three wickets too. In his 54-match T20 career, he has a batting average of 23.26 and a bowling average of 28.61.

Tom Moores: Former England cricketer and coach Peter Moores’ son Tom is a hard-hitting T20 wicketkeeper-batsman. In 56 T20 innings, he has hit 58 sixes while getting runs at a strike rate of 138.72.

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Usman Shinwari is available, he can replace Duanne Olivier in the XI.

  • Nuwan Pradeep and Naveen-ul-Haq are also like-for-like replacements.



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Raza Hasan ‘expelled’ from Quaid-e-Azam trophy after Covid-19 protocol breach

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Pakistan left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who once played a pivotal role in a win against Australia in the 2012 World T20, has seen his career set back sharply once more after being expelled from the Quaid-e-Azam trophy for breaching Covid-19 protocols. According to a PCB release, the 28-year old left the bio-secure hotel where his team, the Northerns 2nd XI, was based. Nadeem Khan, the PCB’s High Performance Director, called his actions “irresponsible and damaging”.

The PCB has set up bio-secure hotels for both the Quaid-e-Azam trophy teams as well as the second XI sides, with players forbidden from leaving the premises without seeking express permission from the medical staff as well as the High Performance department. Hasan, it appears, did not attempt to obtain clearance from either, which has landed him an effective ban for the rest of the season.

“It is sad and unfortunate that despite several reminders and educational programmes on the significance and importance of respecting and following Covid-19 protocols, Raza Hasan decided to take matters in his hand and overstepped the line,” Nadeem Khan said. “As such, he has been expelled from the tournament and will not be allowed for the remaining season.

“The PCB has a zero-tolerance approach towards Covid-19 breaches as these are designed to not only ensure health and safety of all participants but to also demonstrate to the world that we can successfully organise and deliver domestic competitions.

“I sincerely hope Raza Hasan will use this time to reflect on his irresponsible actions and the potential damage his breach could have caused to the event in general and Pakistan cricket in particular.”

This is the latest incident in a career that began promising so much, but has so far too long appeared on a path of self-destruction. After making his debut as a 19-year old in T20 cricket in 2012, Hasan was picked for the T20 World Cup, where he memorably returned figures of 4-0-14-2, against Australia removing both Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell in a Man-of-the-Match performance. Consistency, as well as discipline, however, eluded him, and in 2015, he was banned for two years for testing positive for a prohibited substance.

He was given an opportunity to return when Lahore Qalandars snapped him up in a draft ahead of the 2018 PSL. He played two games without making an impact, or indeed taking a wicket. He was let go after the season, and has been a regular in the Northerns 2nd XI side this season, without quite delivering the standout performances that might hint at a career anywhere near as promising as the one he looked set to have in 2012.



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Match Preview – South Africa vs England, England tour of South Africa 2020, 3rd T20I

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You know, it’s beginning to look like England have got the hang of this white-ball stuff. After successfully completing their 50-over World Cup quest last year, they are now honing their competitive edge in the shortest format, ahead of back-to-back tournaments in 2021 and 2022. Victory in Paarl gave them a 2-0 lead with one to play, and extended their unbeaten run in T20I series to eight.

Both wins over South Africa were hard-fought, and Quinton de Kock could rightfully point to “one or two small things” that cost his side at Boland Park. But England are increasingly battle-hardened, both through success on the pitch and competition within the squad. Dawid Malan, ranked the ICC’s No. 1 T20I batsman, came into the tour saying he couldn’t be certain of his place in the side – but after scores of 42, 21 and 19 (a relative trough in his 18-match career) he produced the sort of match-winning hand that has made him all but impossible to leave out.

Ignoring the vagaries of form and conditions, Eoin Morgan might already feel he is closer to knowing his best XI – although the difficulties being experienced by Jason Roy could represent a problem to chew on. The batting looks dangerous, and Morgan seems perfectly suited to the finisher’s role at No. 6; the bowling features two of England’s most-successful T20I bowlers, plus the effortless brilliance of Jofra Archer, and is bolstered by healthy competition among the rest of the seamers. Only the emergence of further spin options could fatten their goose.

For the hosts, times are tough for a variety of reasons. The burden on de Kock as the team’s leader, best batsman and wicketkeeper looks a heavy one, and they face a fraught 12 months of trying to settle on the right combinations to support a T20 World Cup challenge.

To have victory snatched from your grasp is arguably harder to take than to not be in the running in the first place – but as Morgan’s side would attest, reflecting on the experience of Kolkata 2016 or Cardiff 2017, you only learn by getting into those positions and then dealing with the consequences. South Africa went down 2-1 to England earlier in the year, knowing that the series could have gone the other way. It would be hard to find the same consolation in a 3-0 whitewash, so de Kock and Mark Boucher will be looking for a response back at Newlands and signs that lessons are being learned.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

South Africa LLLWL
England WWLWW

In the spotlight

He has barely been in the role a year, but already de Kock seems a captain under the pump. His T20I win percentage is well below any of his permanent predecessors in the role – which must be all the more galling given his record with the bat has improved – and the strain of captaining, opening and keeping seemed evident at the toss in Paarl, where he cut a distracted figure (broadcaster technical issues notwithstanding). The unique off-field pressures of the South African system mean he should get plenty of leeway but it remains to be seen whether he can inspire his players to produce better on the field.

The focus will doubtless remain on Roy and his attempts to fight his way out of the paper bag of poor form he finds himself in. But it’s also worth highlighting the success of Adil Rashid and what that means for England’s World Cup planning. Rashid’s 2 for 23 in the second T20I saw him pass 50 wickets in the format and draw level with Graeme Swann as England’s most-prolific spinner. The flight and snap have returned after shoulder problems in 2019, and probably helps justify his reticence over a potential Test return and increase in workloads. But with Moeen Ali currently out of the side, England’s reliance on Rashid serves to underscore a lack of depth in the position.

Team news

South Africa looked stronger overall in Paarl, particularly their bowling, but there remains scope for another rejig back in Cape Town. Jon-Jon Smuts would provide another spin option if drafted into the middle order, while Lungi Ngidi’s spot could come in for scrutiny after leaking 51 from his four overs. Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller remain unavailable for selection.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), 2 Temba Bavuma, 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 Heinrich Klaasen/Jon-Jon Smuts, 7 George Linde, 8 Lungi Ngidi/Beuran Hendricks/Lutho Sipamla, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Despite having sealed the series, Morgan has said England will resist the temptation to experiment. However, a used pitch at Newlands might mean Moeen gets a chance as second spinner, while Mark Wood’s extra pace is another option – with Tom Curran and Chris Jordan both expensive in the first T20I.

England (possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood

Pitch and conditions

There was some spin on offer for the first game of the series, and that ought to increase with the same surface being used again. England felt the ball started to come on better under lights, which may influence the thinking for another day-night game. The forecast is for a cool day in Cape Town, with the chance of some rain earlier in the day.

Stats and trivia

  • Victory in the third T20I would see England draw level with Australia at the top of the ICC rankings.

  • Newlands has not been a happy hunting ground for South Africa in recent years, with five defeats in seven T20Is going back to 2016.

  • Jonny Bairstow needs 62 runs to become the fifth Englishman to reach 1000 in T20Is.

Quotes

“Patience is key at the moment. The team haven’t played cricket together for five or six months, this is our first series back together, but over time, when we spend more time together, the results will start showing.”
De Kock eyes long-term improvements

“We will focus on trying to get our best XI out, given what type of pitch we might be playing on. I think we are on the same pitch as we played on at Newlands in the first game so we will have a look at that over the next couple of days and see potentially a change in the bowling line-up but I’d imagine the batting would stay the same.”
Morgan on England selection



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