South Africa vs Australia – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Australia taking place? Wednesday 4th March, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Australia taking place? Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Australia? 28c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is South Africa vs Australia on? South Africa vs Australia will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Australia? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Australia? Tickets for this match can be purchased here!

LAST MEETING
South Africa beat Australia by 74 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa got the first one-day international in Paarl off the to the worst possible start as Jannemann Malan was out lbw with the very first ball of the game but they fought back valiantly thanks to Heinrich Klaasen’s superb unbeaten century and the bowlers then played their part in a 74-run win.
  • Other than the unfortunate dismissal of Malan, the changes the Proteas made to their ODI side paid off handsomely as Klaasen was superb while Kyle Verreyne contributed an assured 48 to help them to 291/7 which they went on to defend.
  • They went with two frontline spinners in that match so it will depend what kind of track is awaiting them in Bloemfontein as to whether they stick with the same bowling attack or consider bringing a pace bowler in for Keshav Maharaj, which is the only likely change they would contemplate here.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia were undone in the opening game of this three-match ODI series as they failed to capitalise on a good start made by their bowlers and then with Finch and Warner unable to get them off to a flying start with the bat, they struggled to come close to their target of 292.
  • D‘Arcy Short was handed a start coming in at number six but he failed to make an impact and that position appears to be up for grabs between him and Ashton Agar though he may be handed another opportunity here.
  • Changes to the line-up seem unlikely despite losing the opener although they do have Kane Richardson available if they want to bring another pace bowler in but they will expect the top four batsmen to produce the goods here.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa continued their excellent recent record against Australia in the 50-over format of the game in Paarl and have now won nine of their last ten meetings. They showed great character and mental strength in the opening game to win that match and that will have done their confidence wonders. Australia will come back all guns blazing here and their top four will know that they have to score heavily rather than rely on their fragile middle order. Warner and Finch will be fired up to do just that and they can level the series here to take it into a decider.

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