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Preview: Confident Australia meet South Africa

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Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 14:52 [IST]
 
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Colombo, Sep 29: Australia can secure a place in the semi-finals with a win over South Africa on Sunday afternoon. The way Australia batted and bowled on Friday night against India, they are certainly one of the favourites for the title now at the ICC World Twenty20 2012.

Preview: Australia meet South Africa

In their long rivalry, Australia and South Africa face off yet again, this time in Super Eight stage at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Having come very close to victory against Pakistan on Friday, South Africa were denied that by Umar Gul and Umar Akmal. Now, they have to win to have their hopes alive.

It should be a great contest between Shane Watson, David Warner and Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Watson has been in tremendous form and it will interesting to see how he handles the pace attack of South Africa.

This game is of huge importance for South Africa than Australia. If they lose they are almost out of the tournament.

The eternal "chokers" tag might come back to haunt South Africa if they don't progress to the semi-finals.

Australia hold edge in this clash. But South Africa have the capability to bounce back. This is a big test for them.

Squads

Australia: George Bailey (captain), Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (Captain, wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Third umpire: Richard Kettleborough (England)

Fourth umpire: Rod Tucker (Australia)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)

Match starts at 3.30 PM IST. Also playing on Sunday, at 7.30 PM IST, India Vs Pakistan

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