Australia vs South Africa: 2nd ODI, Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

The pitch has produced a few low scoring matches in the last few years.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

Australia didn’t have a memorable outing by any means against South Africa in the opening match at Perth Stadium as they lost by six wickets.  Moreover, they slumped to their 19th defeat in their last 21 ODIs. They are next scheduled lock horns with the Proteas tomorrow at the Adelaide Oval, a venue where their only One Day victory came this year against England.

The upcoming encounter is a do-or-die one for Aaron Finch and Co. On the contrary, Faf du Plessis’ men regathered themselves after their loss in the warm-up match and they would be keen to wrap up the series with yet another convincing performance. For the time being, the African nation would be going into the next match as the clear favourites, based on current form.

Pitch

The pitch has produced a few low scoring matches in the last few years and hence it can be understood that the team batting second faces difficulties. Moreover, 45 out of the 81 matches at the venue have been won by the side batting first. Hence, it won’t spring a surprise if both teams opt to bat first after winning the toss. Also, both sides’ strength lies in their bowling.

Team Combination

Australia

The Aussies can make a few changes to their eleven. Shaun Marsh can return in place of D’Arcy Short and Jos Hazlewood may make way for spinner Adam Zampa depending on the nature of the track. Finch and Head will open. A lot would depend on the likes of Lynn and Maxwell in the middle order. Carey is the wicketkeeper. All of Courter Nile, Starc and Cummins are likely to play as well.

Predicted XI

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

South Africa

The Proteas will remain unchanged from the last encounter. De Kock and Hendricks will open the batting followed by Markram and skipper du Plessis. The onus will also be on Klaasen and Miller in the middle order. Phehlukwayo is the all-rounder. The pace battery has enough firepower in the form of Ngidi, Steyn and Rabada. Pakistan-born leg-break bowler Imran Tahir is the only spinner.

Predicted XI

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

Probable top performers

Mitchell Starc- Australia, Imran Tahir- South Africa

Broadcast Details

TV – Sony ESPN

Live Streaming – Sony LIV

Match Timings – 8:50 IST; 11:20 Local

The prediction for South Africa to win the match and the series.