South Africa vs Australia, 2nd ONE-DAY Match Prediction2020-03-05
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Australia would be hoping to level the series 1-1 in the second ODI!
We are expecting Australia to win!
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After a comprehensive victory in the first ODI at Boland Park, South Africa would be beaming with confidence as they take on Australia in the second and much-coveted match at Bloemfontein.
The Protea clearly outplayed the Aussies with their exorbitant exhibitions in the batting and bowling unit, which helped the de Kock-led side seize a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODIs. Kyle Verreynne (48), Heinrich Klaasen (123*) and David Miller (70) scored the bulk of runs for South Africa as they posted 291 runs. Successfully defended the total achieved, courtesy the tight line and lengths bowled by Lungi Ngidi (3/30), Tabraiz Shamsi (2/45) and Anrich Nortje (2/39).
Meanwhile, Australia would be hoping to better up their batting and bowling performances if they are vying to keep themselves alive in the contest. The duo of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were the few positives in the batting department, while the bowling department witnessed impressive performances from Pat Cummins (3/45) and Mitchell Starc (2/59).
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It was a rare failure for skipper Quinton de Kock in the last ODI wherein he was dismissed for a paltry total. Both de Kock and Janneman Malan need to render swashbuckling start to the Protea in the much-awaited match at Bloemfontein. Temba Bavum and Kyle Verreynne batted decently in the middle-order and ensured the task of keeping the scorecard ticking in the previous contest.
It would be the performance from David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen that will have everybody’s attention in the Protea’s lineup. While Miller whacked 64 off 70 deliveries, Klaasen scored an unbeaten 114-ball 123 with 7 fours and 3 sixes and was among the core reasons behind the hosts getting close to the 300-run mark in the last one-dayer.
In the bowling department, pacer Lungi Ngidi (3/30) delivered what was expected of him in the powerplays and slog overs. Anrich Nortje (2/39) and Andile Phehlukwayo (1/52) were effective with the pace and bounce variations which put a halt to Aussie’s scoring ability in the freshly concluded game. Spinners Tabraiz Shamsi (2/45) and Keshav Maharaj (1/45) managed to create the pressure in the middle-overs and would be relied upon to prevent any partnership in the Australian XI.
Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo
Aaron Finch and David Warner are likely to get back into the aggressive form of play in the must-win encounter. The duo average over 40 in the ODIs and are well potent in handling such pressure situations. Batting at No. 3, Steve Smith came up with a gritty 76 in the concluded one-dayer and with the fellow cricketer, Marnus Labushcange will carry the onus of scoring the bulk of runs, as was the case at Boland Park. Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey have had a quiet run with the bat in the matches played on this tour and it is about time they perform to the potential else the Aussies might lose out on a golden opportunity of defeating the Protea amidst their own conditions.
All-rounder Ashton Agar is likely to get the nod ahead of D'Arcy Short in the second ODI taking into account his ability to score the onus and twos and scalp wickets with his spin potency. Among the pacers, Josh Hazlewood (1/63) was a bit expensive in the first ODI while Mitchell Starc (2/59) and Pat Cummins (3/45) did the damage with their swing and pace prowess. Leggie Adam Zampa can be lethal with his leg-breaks and googlies in the turning conditions at Mangaung Oval.
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Steven Smith, D'Arcy Short, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||0.24 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||4.25 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||26||0 mm.||2.48 k/h||From: N||0%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||1.51 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||2.12 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||1.72 k/h||From: SW||0%|
Clouds will circle around the stadium in the first half, while there be clear skies in the latter stages. The temperature would fluctuate between 19-27 degrees, with humidity as high as 74 percent during the second innings.
The wicket at Mangaung Oval is usually a moderately scoring venue with 238 as the average first ODI innings total. Bowlers will be up for entertainment in the first half amidst the cloud cover and are likely to get the desired swing and seam movement. Batters will have plenty of opportunities to chase the set totals as the match progresses.
The toss winning team should look to bowl first on Mangaung Oval. In ODIs, 15 out of 30 matches have been won by the team batting second and with the high humidity levels, it will be difficult for the bowlers to get a grip onto the ball in the latter stages, something the batters could capitalize upon.
Australia might have lost the first one-dayer, there’s a strong hunch that they will bounce back in the must-win game at Bloemfontein by hitting the right chords. The likes of Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Pat Cummins are among the finest cricketers in the 50-over format and will look to put their experience to good use over de Kock & Co.
We are expecting Australia to win!
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