ICC World Cup 2019: Match 45, Australia vs South Africa — Weather forecast | Hourly temperature and chances of rain
Will rain play spoilsport in the final league game?
Updated - Jan 23, 2020 7:13 pm
The 45th match of the World Cup 2019 will see table-toppers Australia taking on South Africa in Manchester in the final league game of the tournament. Having been already eliminated from the competition, the Proteas do not have much at stake in the game. However, they will be keen to bow out of the competition on a high and that can pose problems for Australia. The defending champions have already made it to the semifinals but need to win the game to ensure a finish at the top.
Australia could finish at the top of the standings even if they lose but for that to happen, India will have to lose against Sri Lanka. With India in supreme form at the moment, they will be the favourites against Sri Lanka and thus Australia will have their task cut out against South Africa. The team which will finish second in the points table will have to play against hosts England in the semifinal and thus avoiding that spot will be on Australia’s agenda.
They enter the game on the back of a thumping 86-run win over New Zealand. The Aaron Finch-led side managed just 243 runs but it turned out to be more than enough in the end. In-form Mitchell Starc once again starred with the ball, helping Australia bowl out their Trans-Tasman rivals for just 157. Starc picked up 5 wickets for just 26 runs. South Africa, on the other hand, thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets while chasing 203.
How’s the weather expected to be?
According to AccuWeather, the chances of rainfall will be around 13 percent at the time of toss. But the chances will decrease to absolute nil by the time the match is scheduled to start. Thus one can expect for a blockbuster of a clash between the two great rivals. The cloud cover will be in the 70s at the start but will keep on decreasing as the game progresses. The humidity will be hovering between 40-50% while the temperature will be in the range of 17-20 degree Celsius throughout the match.