Australia vs South Africa 2nd ODI – Proteas well balanced for a series clinching win

Batting worries and mental scars pulling Kangaroos down
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South Africa look good to post another win (Getty Images)

Australia vs South Africa 2nd ODI Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


After securing their fourth-largest victory against Australia in terms of balls remaining in the 1st ODI, South Africa will look to clinch the three-match series with another win. The 2nd ODI will be played in Adelaide on Friday as Australia continue to struggle with their form and mindset.

Australia


Australia’s home summer started in the worst possible manner as they were shot out for just 152 in the 1st ODI. Dale Steyn’s fiery 2/18 set the tone on Sunday and Australia were bowled out for their lowest home ODI score for 25 years. Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 34 runs, coming at number 9, was the highest of the innings.

The chase was never out of South Africa’s reach and only Marcus Stoinis did well with the ball as he claimed 3/16 after some late wickets. The Proteas won with six wickets and 124 balls remaining, showing their all-round supremacy.

The Kangaroos look short of confidence and the loss of Shaun Marsh to surgery hasn’t helped matters. Australia need a quick turnaround to stay in the series, but on current form and mindset that looks a long way away.

Finch has a lot of responsibility as a batsman to this side (AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa


The Proteas bowled superbly on Sunday on a pitch that had bounce and seam on offer. Andile Phehlukwayo led the bowling charts by claiming 3/33, while Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir picked up two wickets each.

A target of 153 proved simple for the Proteas, guided by Quinton de Kock’s 47 off 40 balls and Reeza Hendricks’ 44 off 74. The two openers were calm and composed against the new ball unlike the host batsmen.

Captain Faf du Plessis will be impressed with how his pacers performed, although the South African middle order remains untested. That should not be a huge worry for the Proteas who look set to win their first ODI bilateral series in Australia since 2009.

Head-to-Head


The win on Sunday reduced Australia's lead in 97 career meetings to 47-46 with three tied matches.

Match Up


Australia’s batting remains in tatters as the top-order continues to flop. Captain Aaron Finch remains their best hope to lead his inexperienced side in the absence of Shaun Marsh.

It was an excellent display of fast bowling from the Proteas’ bowlers who enjoyed the conditions in Perth. With de Kock leading the show, the South African batting looks miles ahead of their hosts.

On his day ,de Kock can take the game away from the opposition with the bat (Getty Images)

Key Statistics


  • Australia have lost 15 of their last 17 ODIs.
  • Australia have lost their last 7 ODIs.
  • Australia have lost 5 of their last 6 home ODIs.
  • South Africa have won their last 6 ODIs against Australia.
  • South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has 11 50+ scores in his last 27 ODIs.

Verdict


The challenge for Australia is not just to display their cricketing skills, but also to improve their mental aspect of the game. A quick turnaround after such a heavy loss will be difficult, especially with the off the field problems they have been experiencing.

I believe the South Africans have the edge in this match even if Australia are likely to improve.

Best Bet: South Africa Win @ 2.00 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Quinton de Kock to Score a 50 in the Match @ 2.75 - 2 Units
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Conrad Castleton 08 November 2018

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