India bounced back to form in Adelaide with all of their big guns firing and could prove too strong for Australia again as they aim to back up their victory in the Test series and end their tour on another high.
This one-day series figures to be a much closer one than the Test series was although the conditions in many of the South African cities will still strongly favour the hosts. Pakistan have fared better of late in this format of the game and they will take heart from the fact that they won the series the last time they played in South Africa in 2013.
Australia's victory in the first ODI was something of a surprise following the Test series and the unsettled recent look of the line-up, however they will be hoping to build on that success.
India have to be favoured in this opening ODI given how settled their team has been in recent times compared to this Australia side that has undergone even more changes. Australia look to have more depth to their batting line-up with somebody like Maxwell at seven, but India have the stronger top order and their bowling attack has the edge also.
It has been little surprise that New Zealand have wrapped this series up after the opening two matches but Sri Lanka have competed surprisingly well in both matches. They will not be disheartened by those two defeats and they will hope to be able to bat first if possible and try test the Blackcaps in chasing.
New Zealand were in stunning form in the first ODI and that will only have given them further confidence coming into this second match. The quick turnaround in matches arguably benefits them more and they will be keen to wrap this series up at the first time of asking.
New Zealand have a strong record in one-day internationals both at home and against Sri Lanka so they have to be favoured to win this first match. Their line-up is strong with both bat and ball, whereas Sri Lanka are under-strength in both departments due to absentees.
Bangladesh’s superb run of form came to an end on Tuesday as they came up against an inspired Shai Hope who produced one of the best ODI innings by a West Indian batsman in some time.
It is virtually impossible to have any confidence in this ridiculously fragile West Indies’ side at the moment such is their form and inability to produce with the bat especially. They have more quality in this one-day side than their Test team but they still failed to produce in the first ODI where they were completely outplayed.
The return of key players Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal from injury may prove vital for a Bangladesh side that lacks star power but has the major benefit of home advantage.