South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI Match Prediction2020-03-01
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
Australia looks to decimate the Protea in the first ODI!
We are expecting Australia to win!
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Australia is high on confidence following a 2-1 win over South Africa in the T20Is and with the current form of some of their experienced campaigners in the side. They will go as the favorite for the 3-match ODIs, the first of which will be played at Boland Park in Paarl.
The likes of David Warner (57), Aaron Finch (55), and Steve Smith (30), and Mitchell Starc (3/23) put up noteworthy performances in the third T20I and helped Australia seal the match by a margin of 97-runs in the must-win duel. In the ODIs, the Kangaroos came up with competitive performances in all three departments - batting, bowling and fielding, during the tour of India in the month of January and will deploy a similar strategy in the matches against Protea.
South Africa, on the other hand, would be disappointed with the way things turned out in the third T20I. Neither the batting nor the bowling department clicked for the Protea which in turn, cost the game and the 3-match series, as was the case against England in the concluded T20Is and ODIs. It would be interesting to see how the Quinton de Kock led-side bounces back from the 97-run defeat in the last outing and focuses on the one-dayers.
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Quinton de Kock has scored the most number of runs for the hosts in the white-ball format since the time he has been appointed as the limited-overs captain. With Janneman Malan and an in-form Temba Bavuma assisting him at the top-order, it won’t come much as a surprise if the hosts cross 100-run mark by the end of 20th over. David Miller’s explosive ability hasn’t been put to witness for some time and it is about time the southpaw cracks up an interesting performance.
Bowling wise, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada would look to do the damage with the new balls and in they get the desired swing and seam, it would be hard to attack the pace duo at Boland Park. Andile Phehlukwayo can surely grab a wicket or two for an economy of less than 5 and will be the vital cog as for the hosts as a partnership breaker. Keshav Maharaj has had a terrific run with the ball in the ongoing edition of Momentum One Day Cup and will be looking to get the most of the turning conditions of Paarl.
Heinrich Klaasen, Anrich Nortje, Kyle Verreynne, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo
|R van der Dussen||24||19||3||0||126.32|
Aaron Finch was awarded the Man of the Series in the freshly concluded T20Is and will be looking to replicate his performances in the 50-over format. Along with David Warner and Steve Smith at the top-order, the trio can be backed to deliver mind-boggling exhibitions which could put Australia in a strong spot in the coming contest. Alex Carey and Marus Labuschagne’s left-hand right-hand combination will make it difficult for the Protea bowlers to tear through the middle-order.
Labuschagne would be one of the key wickets for South Africa’s bowling attack as he can tailor match-winning partnerships even under crunch situations. Bowling wise, pacers Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins are among the best bowlers in the ODI cricket would be backed to wreak havoc with their bowling prowess.
Starc with his swinging yorkers and Cummins with his pace potency will look to scalp wickets in the powerplays and death overs. Adam Zampa was at his bowling best in the tour of ODI wherein he rose as one of the most feared spinners in that tour with his leg-breaks and googlies and will look to garner a similar reputation amidst the conditions of South Africa. Ashton Agar shouldn’t be forgotten as he too could pose a threat with his arm-balls and occasional spin deliveries.
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, D'Arcy Short, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||4.83 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||5.02 k/h||From: E||0%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||4.55 k/h||From: E||0%|
|09h||29||0 mm.||3.27 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|12h||36||0 mm.||2.81 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|15h||36||0 mm.||4.43 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|18h||26||0 mm.||2.78 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
It would be a bright and sunny day at Boland Park in the first half. The temperature would hover between 21-32 degrees Celsius. There would be a bit of a cloud cover in the second half which could offer some movement to the bowlers.
The conditions at Boland Park are ideal for the batters as there won’t be much of swing and seam till the second half of play. The average first innings total at this venue is 235 and with the sunny weather out, one can expect 270-280 as the predicted total on this wicket.
The toss winning team should look to bat first on this occasion. The clear skies and sunny weather in the first half would help the batters as the ball would be coming onto the bat nicely. Moreover, 6 out of 12 matches played at this venue have been won by the team that bats first.
Australia has been in a red-hot form since the start of this tour and will look to deploy whatever measures necessary in getting an upper hand over Protea in their own turf.
The tourists outclassed the hosts with their batting and bowling prowess in the T20Is and won’t shy away from exhibiting the same in the ODIs.
We are expecting Australia to win!
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