The second ODI of the series is to be played at Adelaide. Australia have fared well recently at this venue with five wins out of the last six matches. However, one must not forget that this is no longer the same Australian team.
Australia have added Ben McDermott to the squad as a cover for the injured Shaun Marsh. Marsh suffered a hip injury which ruled him out from the first ODI and he is still doubtful for the coming matches.
Not one of the Australian batsmen showed fight in the first game. But their bowlers bowled in good areas. Especially, Marcus Stoinis was impressive. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins too showed signs of coming back on track.
South Africa looked like a force to reckon with as Dale Steyn rolled back the years with his pace and swing. Rabada was there as always and Imran Tahir too was successful in foxing a couple of batsmen.
With the bat, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks got the Proteas off to a scintillating start and buried any chances of a potential fightback. The only concern for them would be that the last couple of quick wickets and the team would like to rectify this going into the second ODI.
South Africa- Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Australia- Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Head to Head – ODIs 96, Australia 47, South Africa 46, Tied 3
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Reeza Hendricks (South Africa), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imran Tahir (South Africa), Pat Cummins (Australia)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (South Africa), Alex Carey (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First – South Africa 270+, Australia 220+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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