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Road Safety Series Match 15: AUS-L vs SA-L Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia Legends vs South Africa Legends (SL-L vs SA-L)

Date: September 23, Friday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

South Africa Legends will take on Australia Legends in Match 15 of the Road Safety World Series 2022 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun. South Africa Legends are currently placed fifth in the points table with six points, while Australia Legends are at the sixth spot with four points.

South Africa Legends come into this game on the back of a loss to Sri Lanka Legends. Batting first, Sri Lanka Legends scored 165, which their bowlers successfully defended. Despite a knock of 76 from Morne van Wyk, South Africa Legends eventually managed only 154 in 20 overs.

Australia Legends, in contrast, come into this game on the back of a win over Bangladesh Legends, which was also their first win of the season. Seven of their bowlers picked up a wicket each to restrict Bangladesh Legends to a first innings total of 158 for 9. Later in the game, an unbeaten half century from Brad Haddin helped Australia Legends win by three wickets.

Both Australia Legends and South Africa Legends boast of strong teams on paper. But going by how the tournament has panned out so far, South Africa Legends appear to be the favourites to win this game, which is important in context to the race to the playoffs.

Ahead of the 15th game of the Road Safety World Series 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for AUS-L vs SA-L

The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Dehradun does not host matches too frequently. The last T20 international played at this venue was in 2019, between Afghanistan and Ireland. But the surface is generally batting friendly. Only six T20 game has been played at this venue in the past, of which four were won by the team batting first. The average first innings score is 177, while the average second innings score is 151. The highest and lowest total recorded here is 278 for 3 and 122 for 10. The captain winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first.

The weather during the game will be pleasant. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 28 degrees. There is a slight chance of rain.

South Africa legends team news and predicted XI

Team news – South Africa Legends are currently placed fifth in the points table with six points and an NRR of -0.353. They have won two of their three completed games, while one match was washed out.

Squad: Jonty Rhodes (Captain), Alviro Petersen, Andrew Puttick, Eddie Leie, Garnett Kruger, Henry Davids, Jacques Rudolph, Johan Botha, J Van de Wath, Lance Klusener, L Norris Jones, Makhaya Ntini, Morne Van Wyk, T Tshabalala, Vernon Philander, Zander de Bruyne.


Predicted XI: Andrew Puttick, Morne van Wyk (w), Alviro Petersen, Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids, Jonty Rhodes(c), Johan Botha, Johan van der Wath, Eddie Leie, Thandi Tshabalala, Garnett Kruger

Australia Legends team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia Legends are at the sixth spot in the points table with four points and an NRR of – 0.925. They have one win and one loss in two games.

Squad: Shane Watson(c), Cameron White, Callum Ferguson, Nathan Reardon, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin(w), George Horlin, John Hastings, Brett Lee, Bryce McGain, Dirk Nannes, Chadd Sayers, Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, Jason Krejza, Stuart Clark

Predicted XI: Shane Watson (c), Cameron White, Callum Ferguson, Nathan Reardon, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin (wk), George Horlin, John Hastings, Brett Lee, Bryce McGain, Dirk Nannes

Head to head record

Australia Legends and South Africa Legends met once in the 2021 edition of the tournament, which was won by the South Africa Legends.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for AUS-L vs SA-L

Andrew Puttick – batsman, South Africa Legends

Andrew Puttick has so far made 82 runs at a strike rate of 122. He was South Africa Legends’ highest run scorer against New Zealand Legends, scoring 51 not out from 36 balls and will now be aiming for his second fifty of the season.

Johan Botha – all-rounder, South Africa Legends

Johan Botha began tournament with disappointing figures of 0-39 against India Legends but has been impressive since. Against New Zealand Legends, Botha conceded only 11 runs and also picked up four wickets. Overall he has 5 wickets so far, at an average of 13 and an economy rate of 5.67. The offbreak bowler took 37 wickets in his T20 career of 40 matches.

Morne van Wyk – batsman, South Africa Legends

Morne van Wyk is the leading run scorer for South Africa Legends so far in the tournament. He has scored 116 runs at a strike rate of 112. Morne van Wyk scored 76 runs in his most recent outing against Sri Lanka Legends, and will look to carry the good form into the next game. The wicketkeeper batsman played only 8 T20Is, but impressed in those with an average and strike rate of 37.50 and 143.31.

Shane Watson – batsman, Australia Legends

Shane Watson is currently the leading run-scorer for Australia Legends with 74 runs at a brilliant strike rate of almost 170. He also picked up a wicket against Bangladesh Legends. One of the best all-rounders of his time, Watson retired with a strike rate of 145.32 in T20Is and 48 wickets.

Brad Haddin – batsman, Australia Legends

Brad Haddin scored an unbeaten 58 against Bangladesh Legends, which was laced with three boundaries and four maximums. In a T20I career of 34 matches, Haddin scored 402 runs at a strike rate of 114.52. He has also played in franchise cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League.

MPL fantasy XI – AUS-L vs SA-L

AUS-L vs SA-L – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Australia Legends vs South Africa Legends game of the Road Safety World Series 2022 will be televised live on Colors Cineplex. You can also watch the game on the Voot app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on September 23.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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