South Africa vs Australia 3rd ODI Match Prediction
- South Africa have already wrapped up a series win, with Heinrich Klaasen's century in the first game helping them to victory and Janneman Malan getting in on the act last time out.
- Lungi Ngidi took 6-58 to restrict Australia to 271 in the most recent game - moving to 50 ODI wickets in just 26 appearances - before Malan's 129* helped them to a six-wicket win.
- Australia's ODI form shows just one win in seven matches now, but they will hope to sign off with a consolation win given their strong line-up.
South Africa vs Australia 3rd ODI Match Prediction
South Africa could secure a series whitewash when they take on Australia in the third and final ODI of this series. The match takes place at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, on March 7 and the live action gets underway at 10:00 local time.
South Africa have proved too good so far, winning both matches comfortably. In the first game, Heinrich Klaasen hit 123* from 114 balls in a total of 291/7 and the Proteas bowled Australia out for 217 in reply.
Last time out, Australia looked well set for a big score until Lungi Ngidi ripped through their lower order. He took 6-58 and Australia were all out for 271, setting it up for Janneman Malan’s 129* to lead them to a six-wicket win.
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Australia finally won the toss and batted first last time out, but they may wish to field first this time.
Potchefstroom will be perfect for cricket, with warm temperatures, no rain and very low humidity too.
The evidence of the Under-19 World Cup is that this will be a balanced wicket, with something in it for everyone.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
South Africa’s only change last time out was an enforced one, with JJ Smuts replacing injured Temba Bavuma. Rassie van der Dussen has come into the squad, but Smuts’ decent knock at number three should earn him another chance. There could be bowling changes for this match given the series is wrapped up – Lutho Sipamla and Beuran Hendricks are yet to feature.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock: Quiet so far, but the South Africa batsman is still their key man at the top of the order and will be keen to sign off with a big score.
Lungi Ngidi: Started the series with 3-30 in the first game and then stepped things up another level when he ripped through the Australian lower order to claim 6-58 last time out and pass 50 ODI wickets.
Heinrich Klaasen: Hit a match-winning 123* from 114 balls in the first game and continued his good batting form with 51 from 52 balls last time out.
SA Team Form
South Africa have sealed a series victory to follow their tied series with England. Heinrich Klaasen and Janneman Malan have both hit centuries in this series with Australia, while Lungi Ngidi’s nine wickets – including 6-58 last time out – have been key too. They have won both matches comfortably.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (c,wk), Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
There will be at least one change for Australia, with Mitchell Starc having been given permission to fly home to watch wife Alyssa Healy play in the T20 World Cup final. Ashton Agar came into the team last time out, but the extra spin option could not prevent another defeat. Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood could both feature in the final game.
AUS Key Players
Steve Smith: Scored 76 in the opening game to back up the two big scores he hit against India, and his batting form will be key to Australia’s hopes of ending their losing streak.
David Warner: A fast-paced 35 in a 50-run opening partnership set a good platform last time out, but Australia know if Warner goes deeper they could be on for a very big score.
Pat Cummins: Took his 100th ODI wicket in the first game of the series and claimed 1-59 last time out to move to four wickets in this series.
AUS Team Form
World Cup semi-final elimination, a 2-1 series defeat to India and now this series loss means Australia have won ODI win in their last seven matches. There have been some positives – Steve Smith has been in excellent batting form in three of the last four defeats, for example – but they failed to capitalise on Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short’s half-centuries last time out as South Africa slammed the brakes on the tourists’ innings and then went on to win by six wickets.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
SA vs AUS Head to Head
South Africa have now won three ODI matches in a row against Australia – one at the World Cup and two in this series – to be the first of the two to 50 ODI wins in the head-to-head record. Lungi Ngidi’s nine wickets have been key in this series, with Heinrich Klaasen and Janneman Malan delivering the goods with the bat in two good all-round Proteas’ performances.
SA vs AUS Head to Head Stats
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