Fantasy Cricket Predictions: SA v AUS 3rd ODI: Reinvigorated Proteas set to go for the full monty
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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: SA v AUS 3rd ODI
With South Africa having won only five of their last 14 games across formats, a cleansweep will be a shot in the arm for the Quinton de Kock-led side.
Venue - Senwes Park,Potchefstroom
Start time - 08:00 AM GMT | 10:00 PM LOCAL
Head to Head record in ODIs - South Africa: 50 Australia: 48 Tied: 3
Weather - Sunny, 28°C, Precipitation: 0%, Humidity: 35%, Wind: 13 km/h
Senwes Park awaits series ender
Like the first two matches of the series, the 3rd ODI set to be played at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom is not expected to be a high-scoring encounter either. The average score batting first in ODIs here is 227 while that for the team batting second is 192.
Out of a total 26 ODIs played at this venue, the team batting first has won 10 while the one bowling first has won 14. In line with the modern theory of winning the toss and bowling first, the captain winning the coin flip will probably go for the the chase but that is not expected to have a very big impact on the final result.
What gives a better idea of the surface is a look at the domestic matches played at this venue. The ground is the home venue for the Lions and in the last matches of the Mzansi Premier League, rain has played a big impact. Over the last few games, a score of around 160 seems par in T20s.
Series win not a fluke
South Africa have already taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match ODI series. Unlike the T20 games in which Australian team was looking very strong on paper and South Africa almost every time expected a miracle to win the game, there is no such case in the ODI series. Both teams are looking quite close. That though is more to do with the the imbalance of Australia than the genius of South Africa.
But, the addition of a couple of players has certainly provided more balance and depth to the protea unit. The likes of Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreyenne have provided solidity to the South African batting order and ensured that the batting collapses which were common in the the T20Is don't occur that often.
Lungi Ngidi has also hit his traps in the absence of Kagiso Rabada and that has had a huge impact on the series till now. Spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi have ensured that runs are not leaked in the middle overs. Hence, the series win is not a fluke and South Africa thoroughly deserve it.
Clean sweep will be a shot in the arm for South Africa
Try to wrap your head around the fact that South Africa have not won a series in the last 12 months and you would be amazed. Add to that the administrative turmoil, the stepping down of Faf du Plessis from captaincy and the the lack of form of senior players like David Miller. And, that's the perfect recipe for a 'soup' - not the steaming beverage.
With the team having won only five of their last 14 games, a clean sweep will be a shot in the arm for the Quinton de Kock-led side. Their next assignment is a similar three-match ODI series against India and if the team, after beating the Aussies, can take some confidence into that series and put up good performances, their rut would officially end.
With series decided, chances for fringe players
After Temba Bavuma decided to pull himself out of the last two ODIs against Australia due to a recurring hamstring strain, South Africa have recalled the previously-rested Rassie van der Dussen. Beuran Hendricks and Lutho Sipamla are the other two players on the bench. While South Africa would certainly want to clean sweep the series, they can also present chances to pacers Hendricks and Sipamla.
Australia have Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson waiting in the wings. While Josh Hazlewood was part of the first match and proved ineffective, Kane Richardson has been playing for the team consistently. Matthew Wade has also had his opportunities in the T20 series.
Jhye Richardson was especially added to the ODI squad and is most likely to get a game in place of Mitchell Starc who will leave South Africa early to watch Australia play in the Women's T20 World Cup final.
Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Janneman Malan, John John Smuts, Kyle Verreyenne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj/Lutho Sipamla
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), D'arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams
Quinton de Kock – missed out in the 1st and 2nd ODI but has been in great form in white ball cricket recently
Heinrich Klaasen - scored a brilliant debut century in the 1st ODI and 51 in the 2nd ODI
Tabraiz Shamsi – has been in great form with the ball in white ball cricket
David Warner – the best white ball batsman in the world at the moment
Steve Smith – you can never rule him out from hitting a big score and is sure to come back strong in the 3rd ODI
Pat Cummins – best bowler in the world
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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