Australia vs South Africa 2018, 2nd ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Tips

Australia’s batting and South Africa’s bowling could once again decide the result of the game.

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Australia’s struggles continued as they began their home series with a big defeat in the first of the three-match ODI series against South Africa. The Aussies have not won a Test or an ODI match ever since the ball-tampering incident but expected to gain some luck at home which didn’t happen. Their batsmen couldn’t cope up against South Africa’s bowling consisting of Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi.

The series now moves to Adelaide Oval the only place where Australia won an ODI in 2018 out of 11 matches. In their last 21 ODIs, the Aussies have won only two matches. They need to win this game to keep the series alive and the burden will be on their pace attack. Hazlewood was wayward in the previous game and could be replaced with Adam Zampa depending on the pitch and conditions ahead of the game.

Match Details:

The second ODI match between Australia and South Africa will be hosted by the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. The match starts at 1:50 PM local time (3:20 AM GMT) (8:50 AM IST).

Last five ODI matches:

Australia: L, L, L, L, L.

South Africa: W, W, W, W, L.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Adelaide Oval has produced low-scoring ODI games in the last 3-4 years except for a couple of high-scoring affairs. In the last five ODI matches at this venue involving the hosts, only one ODI game witnessed teams going past the 220-run mark. In last year’s ODI against Pakistan, the Aussies made 369/7 thanks to a record 289-run stand. The visiting side were bowled out for 312 in response. Pacers dominated during the ODI game which was played between Australia and England earlier this year.


Australia: D’Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (w), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Probable XI:

Australia: D’Arcy Short/Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (C), Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood/Adam Zampa.

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (C), David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo/Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.

Power Picks:

Chris Lynn got a start in the previous game but failed to convert it. His form during Australia’s domestic One Day tournament (Top-scorer with 452 runs across seven innings with two tons and three fifties) is to be noted. Australia need Glenn Maxwell to come good who got out trying to score a few quick runs. Dale Steyn once again holds the key as given the way he has bowled in the recent games.

Best Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Pat Cummins.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Faf du Plessis’ record against Australia qualifies him for a multiplier option. But he could be a risk if this game in Adelaide turns out to be a low-scoring one like the first ODI and Faf walking out to bat with some 60-70 runs to be scored. Aaron Finch has to come up with extra responsibility in the next game to keep the series alive. The Australian captain made a wrong judgement at taking a review in the previous game.

Imran Tahir gives consistent returns which make him an option for the vice-captain. Nathan Coulter-Nile has scored quite a few runs in the lower-order making him a strong contender for the multiplier role. Coulter-Nile scored more runs than any other Australian player across country’s last six international matches.

Expert Advice:

Shaun Marsh is expected to return for the second ODI and could replace one of D’Arcy Short or Travis Head. It will be tough to judge which bowler from first ODI will play in the second ODI for South Africa. The Proteas have applied rotation policy in their previous two ODI series.

Probable Winners:

Australia’s batting and South Africa’s bowling could once again decide the result of the game.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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