Australia vs South Africa, Match 45 Prediction2019-07-07
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis
?Australia has won thrice in the World Cup against South Africa while the latter has won just once
?David Warner and Aaron Finch have scored more than 500 runs each in the tournament and are in exceptional form
?Mitchell Starc has claimed 24 wickets in the World Cup and has been troubling batsmen
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Australia to win this game
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The 45th and the last league game of the World Cup would see defending champions Australia take on South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. With seven wins in eight games, Australians have already made it to the semi-finals and have looked the best side in the tournament so far. South Africans, on the other hand, have had a dismal campaign managing only two wins so far where the team has been plagued by poor form. They are out of the contention for the semi-finals.
It has been the worst campaign for South Africa at the World Cups and they have let down their fans and supporters. It remains to be seen whether they are able to play to their potential given that they don’t have any pressure on them even though the Australians aren’t likely to make it any easy for them.
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Aaron Finch’s side registered a convincing win against New Zealand in the last game to hold onto their top position at the points table. The side has done well in most of the games expect the loss against India they have definitely looked the best side in the tournament. Finch would want his side to carry on with the same momentum as they play South Africa in the next game.
Aaron Finch and David Warner have been in sublime form with two hundred each through they missed out in the last game. It was good to see Usman Khawaja firing in the last game. Steven Smith has also looked good in the middle. With Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey towards the end, the side has a very strong batting line-up and shall look to do well in the next game.
Mitchell Starc picked his second fifer in the tournament in the last game and has looked in great rhythm throughout. Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff have also been bowling extremely tight in the tournament so far. With Nathan Lyon and Maxwell completing the bowling line-up it will be a big challenge for the South African side in the game.
Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk)
Faf du Plessis’ side registered a 9-wicket win against the Sri Lankans in the last game in what was their most convincing performance in the tournament so far. The side has been the biggest shock of the tournament where they have failed to play to their potential. They have been one of the first sides to be out of the semi-final contention and have let down their fans. With nothing to lose the skipper would want his side to play their best game and salvage some pride.
Hashim Amla finally delivered in the last game after a lackluster tournament. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis have been doing well and they make up for a strong batting line-up. The middle order has good players in the forms of Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and Jean-Paul Duminy who would be looking to make this opportunity count. With Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo towards the end, they have good finishers.
Kagiso Rabada hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations in the tournament and will look to do well in the last game. Imran Tahir has bowled well and would look to end his remarkable career in the World Cup with a strong performance. The likes of Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris will need to deliver against the strong batting line-up that Australians have.
Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
|F du Plessis||96||103||10||1||93.2|
|Q de Kock||15||16||3||0||93.75|
Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo
It is expected to be clear skies at Manchester on July 06 and this will make the conditions excellent for batting. The pitch has played well in all the games so far and the ball has come on to the bat nicely. The side that bats first would need a score of around 300 runs to compete at this venue.
Old Trafford, Manchester has been a good hunting ground for the batsmen where the true pace and bounce allows them to hit through the line. The larger boundaries make it a ground for twos and threes. Fast bowlers don’t get much assistance from the surface while the spinners do well as the game progresses.
The ground has seen four high scoring encounters so far where the side batting first has won all the games. It has been a good wicket to bat on early and has been slowing down as the game progresses. The side winning the toss would want to bat first on this wicket and put up a big total.
The form and performance of the two sides have been at the opposite side of the spectrum. While Australians have looked like a side poised to defend its title, the South Africans haven’t really been in the tournament right from the start. Poor form and team combinations have been the reason behind their undoing. Australians would like to end the group stages with a win and build the momentum ahead of the semi-finals. Going by the form the Australians would start as favorites in the game.
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