Australia are favorites to win
Australia will look to continue their momentum heading into the Cricket World Cup semi-finals when they conclude the group stage fixtures against South Africa at Old Trafford. The match takes place on July 6 and the live action begins at 13:30 local time.
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Old Trafford has favoured batting so far and the team winning the toss will surely bat first – Aaron Finch will be keen to get a crack at this wicket.
Though a little cooler than earlier in the week, Old Trafford should be dry by the time the game starts with just a little cloud cover.
While overhead conditions could offer something to the bowlers, the Old Trafford deck has served up a consistent bounce and an excellent batting wicket.
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Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon have forced their way into the reckoning for Australia and, after more success last time out, could retain their places ahead of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa.
Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch have been in excellent batting form during this World Cup 2019. They have each hit two centuries and three 50s on their way to more than 500 runs each so far. Finch’s 504 runs have come at quicker than a run a ball too.
It is not just the two of them either, with Usman Khawaja scoring 88 last time out against New Zealand and Alex Carey’s 71 helping to lead a recovery from 99/5. Steve Smith has hit three half-centuries, meanwhile.
With the ball, Mitchell Starc is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with a phenomenal 24 from eight matches. He took 5-26 against New Zealand last time out – his second five-wicket haul of the tournament – and took 4-43 against England in the previous game too.
Jason Behrendorff has taken eight wickets in three games since coming into the team, meanwhile, including five against England. Pat Cummings has ten wickets but has generally been tidy too.
Australia have bounced back from their only defeat so far in style – winning five in a row since losing to India. Their last two results were particularly eye-catching, against fellow top-four teams England and New Zealand at Lord’s.
Against the hosts, Aaron Finch’s century and David Warner’s 53 helped Australia post 285/7 before Jason Behrendorff (5-44) and Mitchell Starc (4-43) ripped through the English batting in a 64-run win.Last time out, meanwhile, Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71) helped Australia recover from a sticky start to post 243/9. In reply, Starc took 5-26 as New Zealand were bowled out for just 157.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon
After getting back to winning ways with a brilliant all-round performance against Sri Lanka last time out, South Africa might be unchanged for this final match. That would mean JP Duminy and Dwaine Pretorius continuing as all-rounders.
Faf du Plessis showed his very best form in the win against Sri Lanka last time out, scoring an unbeaten 96 from 103 balls as the Proteas claimed a nine-wicket victory. His third half-century of the tournament means he has now hit 287 runs at an average of 57.40.
Hashim Amla joined him in the middle for that innings, scoring 80 of his own to pass 200 runs, while opener Quinton de Kock has now scored 253 runs in his eight innings.
Like Amla and De Kock, Rassie van der Dussen has scored two half-centuries in this tournament too, but he has done so from just five innings.
On the bowling front, Chris Morris’ three wickets against Sri Lanka took him to 12 for the tournament, two more than Imran Tahir and four ahead of Kagiso Rabada.
All three, particularly Tahir, have bowled with good economy rates too, however.
South Africa claimed just their second win of the tournament last time out, thrashing Sri Lanka by nine wickets as Faf du Plessis (96*) and Hashim Amla (80*) led a chase of just 204 to win.
The Proteas had previously lost back-to-back games, suffering a last-over, four-wicket defeat against New Zealand defending 241/6 and then finishing 49 runs short of Pakistan’s 308/7 in their next game.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
Australia have a narrowly better head-to-head record in this fixture, with 47 ODI wins against South Africa compared to 45 defeats and three ties. One of those ties was, famously, during the 1999 World Cup in England – the semi-final result seeing Australia reach the final.
More recently, they met in an ODI series in Australia in November, where a 252-run partnership from Faf du Plessis and David Miller helped South Africa post 320/5 in the series decider on their way to a 40-run win.
|Matches Played||AUS Won||SA Won||Tie||No Result|
Unsurprisingly, given their respective form at this tournament, Australia are favourites to beat South Africa in the tournament’s final group game.
Both David Warner and Faf du Plessis to score 50 is 4.50 with Betway’s #betyourway, while Aaron Finch and Du Plessis to hit 50 is 4.75.
Finch and Du Plessis to each be their team’s top batsman is worth a very generous 15.00.
Mitchell Starc and Chris Morris – each team’s top wicket-taker so far – to be their team’s top bowler is 13.00.
Mitchell Starc to take over 1.5 wickets is 1.66 with Betway.
If recent form is continued, there are a couple of bargains to be found for the Dream 11 pick for this game.
Quinton de Kock or Alex Carey is your choice, with De Kock a full credit more expensive. Carey hit 71 last time out, however, and this could be a good chance to keep credits in reserve for Australia’s in-form openers.
David Warner and Aaron Finch have formed a formidable partnership and simply have to be picked, but you may also have enough in reserve to afford Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla after their big partnership last time out. Usman Khawaja is 8.5 credits if you want to save a little, and Aiden Markram could even be worth picking at eight credits.
Chris Morris is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker so far and he and fellow all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius impressed last time out. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have been inconsistent for Australia.
Mitchell Starc is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker and again must be picked, while Imran Tahir remains an ever-present threat for South Africa. Jason Behrendorff has impressed since coming into the Australia team and can be picked up for just eight credits. That leaves nine credits and a choice of Kagiso Rabada or Pat Cummins if you want another bowler.
Mitchell Starc has taken wickets consistently in this tournament and could be a good pick, but Old Trafford has favoured the batsmen so far in this tournament and David Warner and Aaron Finch will want to fill their boots. If they do, the Australian openers could deliver some big returns.
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|David Warner (vc)||Chris Morris||Alex Carey||Mitchell Starc|
|Aaron Finch (c)||Dwaine Pretorius||Imran Tahir|
|Hashim Amla||Pat Cummins|
|Faf du Plessis||Jason Behrendorff|
Australia are in excellent form and will want to maintain that heading into the semi-finals. The Aussies can beat below-par South Africa to finish on a high.
Australia to beat South Africa at 1.40 with Betway and 1.44 with Bet365.
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