South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI Match Prediction
- South Africa will look to back up their Heinrich Klaasen-inspired win in this ODI series, after his century set the tone for the Proteas' 74-run win first up.
- Klaasen's maiden ODI century helped South Africa post 291/7 at Boland Park, before Lungi Ngidi's 3-30 led the way as they bowled Australia out for 217 in reply.
- Australia have now won just one of their last six ODI matches, despite having been well-placed when Steve Smith (76) and Marnus Labuschagne (41) shared a useful third-wicket partnership.
South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI Match Prediction
South Africa can wrap up a series win against Australia as they look to back up a dominant opening win in the second match of this three-game ODI series. The series continues at Bloemfontein’s Mangaung Oval on March 4, with the live action scheduled to start at 13:00 local time.
Heinrich Klaasen’s maiden ODI century was central to South Africa’s opening win – he hit 123* from 114 balls as the Proteas overcame a sticky start to post 291/7. In reply, Lungi Ngidi took 3-30 and South Africa bowled Australia out for 217 despite Steve Smith’s 76.
Australia have now won just one of their last six ODIs, though they may take heart from the fact South Africa won the opening game of their last ODI series – against England – but could not turn that into a series victory.
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All four matches on this tour have seen South Africa win the toss. Australia are due this one, and may want to set a target in Bloemfontein.
Warm conditions, clear, sunny skies and very little wind or humidity will all combine for an excellent day’s cricket in Bloemfontein.
Neither the spinners nor the seamers have dominated at the Mangaung Oval. Results at the Under-19 World Cup suggest the pace of the pitch is good for batting, without turning matches into a total run-fest.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne made their ODI debuts last time out, while Temba Bavuma returned from injury too. Malan was out first ball but may be handed a second chance. Kagiso Rabada is out injured, so Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, backed by all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, formed the pace attack last time out. Lutho Sipamla and Beuran Hendricks are among the options if they want an extra paceman this time.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock: Starred in South Africa’s previous ODI series against England and is unlikely to be kept down for long after a rare low score last time out.
Lungi Ngidi: With Rabada out injured, he stepped up to lead the pace attack last time out, dismissing both openers on his way to figures of 3-30 from eight overs.
Heinrich Klaasen: Handed an opportunity in the middle order and did not let the selectors down as he hit 123* from 114 balls as South Africa recovered from a tricky start.
SA Team Form
After tying their last series with England, South Africa started this one – as they did against the English – with a win. Heinrich Klaasen (123*) and David Miller (64) led a recovery from 48/3 in the tenth over to 291/7, and Australia did not get close. Lungi Ngidi’s 3-30 led the way as South Africa bowled them out for 217.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (c,wk), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia’s batting came up short last time out, while neither Mitchell Marsh nor D’Arcy Short made an impact with bat or ball. They may reconsider the balance of the team this time as a result, with the likes of Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson options to strengthen the bowling and Matthew Wade for the batting.
AUS Key Players
Steve Smith: His last three ODI scores are 98, 131 and now 76 despite Australia losing all three of those matches. His individual form is excellent a least.
David Warner: Ended the T20i series in good batting form and remains a huge danger at the top of the order for Australia.
Pat Cummins: Figures of 3-45 last time out led the Australian bowling and took him past 100 ODI wickets in his 62nd appearance.
AUS Team Form
Australia have now won just one of their last six ODIs and have lost three in a row. Defeats to India despite Steve Smith’s excellent batting saw them lose their series 2-1, and this series in South Africa started in similar fashion. Smith scored 76 but Australia were all out for 217 chasing 292 to win.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
SA vs AUS Head to Head
After South Africa won the 100th ODI between these two nations during last year’s World Cup, their win in the first game of this series means they now edge the head-to-head with a record of 49 wins from 101 matches, compared to Australia’s 48. The match at the World Cup was a high-scoring one, as South Africa eventually bowled Australia out for 315 to win by ten runs, but the Aussies fell well short this time – all out for 217 as Lungi Ngidi claimed 3-30 in a 74-run win South Africa win.
SA vs AUS Head to Head Stats
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