South Africa vs Australia, 3rd ODI Match Prediction2020-03-08
Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Can in-form South African team clean-sweep the ODI series versus formidable Aussies?
South Africa will win this match!
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The third and final game of the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Australia will be played in Potchefstroom on Saturday. J Malan fantastic knock of 129 powered South Africa to consecutive win and also the series win for Proteas with one game remaining. Before, J Malan firepower pacer Lungi Ngidi run through Aussies batting line-up; he recorded his career-best ODI spell of 6-for 58 in the previous match. Most importantly, Proteas have witnessed two remarkable centuries from the two individuals in the last two games. Notably, both the batsmen stayed unbeaten and made sure the team gets over the line. It is a great opportunity for Quinton de Kock and co. to seal the series against heavy-weights Australia, which doesn’t happen very often.
On the other hand, Australia's poor ODI form against South Africa continues. Now, including the two defeat in this series, Austalia has lost in total 10 out of their previous 11 ODI against them. Despite Australia known to be one of the most formidable teams, they looked very ordinary playing against South Africa. In the previous game, they got a good partnership in the middle however they failed to capitalize in the last phase of the inning, lost six wickets in final 10 overs and that indeed shatter the flow of the run. With nothing to lose, Aussies would be hoping to play expressive cricket and avoid the clean-sweep.
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South Africa would be riding high on confidence following their superb all-round performance in the first two games of the series. The experiment of giving an opportunity to youngsters like J Malan, JJ Smuts and Verreynne had paid off heavily. Proteas without a few of their regular players in the series did a great job with both bat and bowl and proteas unit would be very content of their success.
In batting, Heinrich Klaasen is in outstanding form this series. H Klassen scored a match-winning ton (123 not out) in the first game and high-ranking knock 51 runs while chasing in the second game. He is playing with great confidence and smashing Aussies bowler all-round the park. The youngster Janneman Malan scored an impressive knock of unbeaten 129 runs in his just second ODI international. After getting out on duck on international debut, he bounced back with an inning of strong character. He is a player to watch out in a third game of the series.
Skipper Quinton De Kock had a pretty disappointing series as he failed to cross 20 marks in both the earlier games. Arguably he is South Africa’s best batsman in recent times and has all the ability to play big innings. He would be eying to a big contribution in the final game. D Miller, the explosive middle-order batsman played a matured inning in both the previous game and showed his international experience. He scored 64 and unbeaten 37 runs in first two games. He can take the game away from the opponent within the span of a few overs.
Bowling wise, in the absence of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngigi led the pace attack brilliantly. He took nine wickets so far in the series which also include his record figure of 6-for in last game. Anrich Nortje from other end supported him well; he picked four crucial wickets in the series but more importantly at the crucial juncture of the game.
Key Players - Quinton De Kock, H Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi
Heinrich Klaasen, Anrich Nortje, Kyle Verreynne, JJ Smuts, Quinton de Kock, Lutho Sipamla, Daryn Dupavillon, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Andile Phehlukwayo
Skipper Aaron Finch and co. would be very disappointed following their average performance in the series. Though it’s a dead runner as a result of this match wot matter much, Aussies will have many things at stake. The visitors haven't had a great time playing against South Africa in ODI as they got defeat in 10 out of the last 11 ODI’s.
Batting wise, there are not a single standout Aussies batsmen in the series. Though all the top-order players got to a good start in both the games, they failed to carry on and score big. Steve Smith is the leading scorer for Aussies in ongoing series; he scored 89 runs from two games. Without a doubt, Steve Smith is one of the best batsmen of the game, he consistently scoring across all format. Skipper Aaron Finch is Aussies' best batsman in recent times; he scored 1356 runs at an average of 24 innings at an average of 61.63. He would be eyeing for a big knock after get going in the previous match. David Warner, the explosive left-handed opening batsman had a quiet series so far. He is ICC 6th ranked ODI batsman and holds very strong ODI records. He averages 65 in his last 15 ODI games.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bowled very averagely in the series. The opponent batsmen faced very little resistance from the bowling duo. Both the bowlers are amongst the top-ranked ICC ODI ranking and they would be hoping for a great spell form this bowling duo. They collectively picked seven wickets in the last two games.
Key Player – David Warner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, KW Richardson, Jhye Richardson, Steven Smith, D'Arcy Short, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||4.63 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||4.64 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||3.06 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||2.15 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|12h||28||0 mm.||2.44 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||4.36 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||3.42 k/h||From: N||3%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||3.59 k/h||From: NNW||71%|
On Saturday weather at Potchefstroom will be partly cloudy with the daytime temperature reaching 30 °c. Night time temperature is expected to be 12 °c. It will be dry with no precipitation. Pitch is expected to be on the slower side. Variation in bowling would prove crucial. Batsman will struggle to score freely.
The match will be played at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom city of South Africa.
Out of the last 26 ODI games played at this venue, 14 times chasing team won the game whereas 10 times matches won by batting first team. So, considering the record at this venue, both the team would look to bowl first after winning the toss.
Though Australia has been the dominant force in ODI in recent times they have failed to deliver ones again opposite South Africa. Nevertheless, Aussies would be eying for clinical performance in all aspects of the game and better the record against the host.
However, we predict South Africa will come out on top ones again in the series considering their recent performances in series and momentum is with them.
South Africa will win this match!
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