Date & Time: Wednesday, March 04, 16:30 IST
Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Last chance for South Africa to win a series in the home season
A start of a new series and South Africa has well begun with a win as they did so far in the home season, apart from the T20I series against Australia. Although the important thing is that they failed to continue the momentum further against England or Australia after a victory. Now another opportunity is in front of them to learn from their mistakes and also to win a series in the home season. On the other hand, Australia’s defeat in the first ODI has resurfaced the side’s dependence on the top order. Their recent victories in the shorter format have been dominated by the top order in such a way that it didn’t give much time for the middle order. But with few spots up for grabs in the middle order, it is not such a bad time for them to step up.
Australia may consider dropping either one Mitchell Marsh or D’Arcy Short to bring Aston Agar in. South Africa might stick with their winning combination.
South Africa Possible XI
Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (c&wk), Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreyne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia Possible XI
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, D’Arcy Short/Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The last ODI played between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Mangaung Oval has produced a low scoring affair. In the two matches played in the ongoing Momentum Cup, the scores haven’t been great either. Spinners have done slightly better than pacers in those games with the slow nature of the surface. So expect a tricky wicket for today’s match as well.
Australia’s Mr. Consistent hasn’t disappointed the team in the tour. He has shouldered the arm whenever the openers didn’t get to a good start and also played handy cameos depending on the team requirements. His PPM of 97.2 and an MDTA of 1.25 makes him a must-have batsman in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is the unsung hero of the side in recent times. He may not be the top wicket-taker for the side during e India Series but his tight bowling helped others to pick the rewards. But it is not the case in the South African tour as he proved to be the go-to man for Finch. He has chipped in with 7 wickets in 4 matches played across formats.
There were doubts loomed over Ngidi’s return from injury during England series where he was erratic in his first performance. But since then, he has led the bowling attack from the front even in the presence of Rabada. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 ODIs.
It’s a no brainer that he is a must-have in Dream11 fantasy cricket team. He piled on runs across the formats in the home season. He has a PPM of 77 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 ODIs.