Australia vs South Africa: The ICC World Cup 2019 is inching closer towards the semi-finals, with just two matches left in the league stage. As cricket fans and the top 4 finalists are prepping themselves for the big knock-out league, India and Australia will play 1 match each against Sri Lanka and South Africa, just before entering the big semi-finals.
Match 45 of the world cup will feature Australia taking on South Africa at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, England. The two teams meet in the final match of the league stage and there is hardly anything at stake for both the teams, as one team has already qualified for the semis while the other has already been knocked out. The 2015 world cup semi-finalists, South Africa have had a regrettable world cup campaign this time, with just 3 wins in 8 matches. Luck also played its part as 1 of their matches was washed out, giving them 1 point for the same.
South Africa has not been at the forefront of their game in this tournament. The team has suffered multiple defeats, putting them 8th on the points table. Except for their wins against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, the rest of the games have not been something that would reflect the once dominant South African side.
Australia, on the other hand, have had a fine run to the semis. With just 1 loss in the tournament so far, the team is rightly poised to lift the world cup yet another time. They have performed as a unit with credible contributions coming in from all departments. Whilst David Warner & Aaron Finch have made runs in abundance, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been magnificent with the ball.
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Australia and South Africa have faced each other for a whopping 99 times, and both the teams are almost level with each other with Australia having just 1 victory more than South Africa. In their overall ODI clashed, the Aussies won 48 games while the Proteas won 47. In the last 4 years, however, South Africa decimated Australia by registering 7 wins out of 11 games played, while the mighty Aussies only managed to win 2 matches. However, dominating Australia in world cups is a different subject altogether. In a total of 5 matches, Australia won 3 and South Africa managed to win only 1 match, while the other match got abandoned.
|Overall||Last 4 Years||World Cups|
|South Africa||47||South Africa||7||South Africa||1|
The match will have cloud cover throughout, however, there are minimal chances of rain playing spoilsport to disrupt the match. The prediction shows that there might be rainfall in the morning but post noon, there is no sign of rain. We can expect a full 50-over match, without any reduction in overs.
This pitch is an absolute belter to bat on. The ground has so far seen 4 matches, out of which all the matches have been won by the teams which bat first. Hence, it goes without saying that the team winning the toss will opt to bat first. With Australia’s explosive batting line-up and the pitch aiding batsmen, we can expect fireworks in the ground.
Average 1st innings score: 283
Highest score chased: 205
Pacers have picked 74% of the wickets on this turf in the last 3 years. The game will feature some of the finest quick bowlers in the world & it’ll be an absolute treat to watch them operate.
Aussies have an injury scare, as Glenn Maxwell got injured during a net-practice session. They might look to rest him so as to give him time to be fit just before the semi-finals. Peter Handscomb will be his likely replacement. Shaun Marsh has been ruled out after being hit by Pat Cummins. Apart from them, the team is expected to remain unchanged
Usman Khawaja seems to have hit the right form at the right time. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis couldn’t contribute so much with the bat but has been pivotal with the white kookaburra in hand. The medium pacer has managed to pick 7 wickets. Mitchell Starc has been the best pacer so far & has been dismissing batsmen for fun. He’s leading the wickets tally with 24 wickets.
PROBABLE XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell/Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
South Africa may look to play with an unchanged squad from their previous match. Quinton de Kock started off the tournament on a high-end but lost the momentum mid-way. He would look to come back to his original form in the final game of the world cup. Senior player Hashim Amla scored 80 runs in his previous outing and may look to score “the big ton” against the Aussies. Faf du Plessis has scored a decent 287 runs at an average of 57.40 but hasn’t been his usual best.
Chris Morris has led their bowling unit almost single-handedly, after taking 12 wickets. Kagiso Rabada, who was touted to be the danger man for South Africa, hasn’t been up to the mark, as he could only manage to take 8 wickets in the tournament. Imran Tahir has been relatively better, by taking 10 wickets.
PROBABLE XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (C), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Australia – David Warner | South Africa — Faf du Plessis
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TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 18:00 IST; 13:30 local
PREDICTION: The prediction is for Australia to win the match.
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