In the build-up to the ICC Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup and before leaving for India, Australia decided to tour South Africa for a three-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series. They managed to sweep the hosts in the T20I series 3-0. This ongoing series is really crucial for both teams, as there is very little time left for the World Cup.
South Africa and Australia have engaged in some very fascinating battles and rivalries over the years, which makes this series more interesting and one to look forward to. The hosts are more in need of this win than the visitors because they lost the T20I series as well.
A win in this match will give the South African team much-needed confidence and momentum. The top bookmakers in India have odds for this ODI series.
Mitchell Marsh is in-from-batter and can be a game-changer in this one.
The betting tip is...
Mitchell Marsh to score 50 runs
South Africa announced a full-strength squad for this series, which included all their top players playing together after a long time. Dewald Brevis also received a maiden call-up to the team for this series. Gerlad Coetzee is playing the third pacer in the absence of Anrich Nortje. No major changes are expected in their lineup for the second match, barring any injuries.
Brevis might actually get his ODI debut cap in place of Rassie van der Dussen.
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen/Dewald Brevis, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerlad Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi
The Kangaroos have come into this series with a new captain in Mitchell Marsh and without their two premium pacers, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. They have still managed to perform exceptionally well in both departments.
Mitchell Marsh was on fire in the T20I series with the bat, whereas Spencer Johnson emerged as the hero with the ball. Sean Abbott was also rewarded for his performance with a call-up to the Australian World Cup squad. Marucs Stoinis and Cameron Green are playing the third pacer collectively in this series.
No changes are expected, except for any forced changes.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazelwood, and Adam Zampa
If we have to predict a winner, we think Australia has the upper hand in the upcoming ODI match. They have dominated South Africa from day 1 on this tour and are still looking strong.
Both teams displayed poor batting in the previous game, which was disappointing, but are expected to correct themselves in this match. We will have an exciting game on our hands on Saturday when these two teams meet in Bloemfontein.