Our Pick South Africa are favourites to win
The five-match one-day international series heads for its second game where hosts South Africa are set to take on Australia at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The match is scheduled to be played on October 2 and live action will begin at 10 AM local time. The two teams seem to be evenly matched and we could have another close contest on our hands.
Read on for our betting tips and match prediction for South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI...
Predicted Score: 300-350
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis will have to lead with the bat and notch up the runs if South Africa are to score around 350. Amla has fantastic stats at this ground and he is going to be the absolute key. The opener averages 86 here with 344 runs from 5 innings including a high score of 153*. We expect him to top-score against Australia and de Kock and du Plessis to chip in with valuable contributions of their own.
Stopping the flow of runs on such a beautiful batting track is not going to be easy for a young Australian bowling attack. However, John Hastings, Scott Boland and Adam Zampa will be their best men with the ball. The visitors will need a good bowling performance from these three if they are to limit the hosts to a gettable total. Since the leading wicket-takers at this venue have mostly been fast bowlers, we feel the relatively more experienced Hastings has a better chance to be the top Australian bowler.
Predicted Score: 275-300
They have tremendous firepower in their batting lineup with Warner, Finch, Smith and Bailey at the top. Australia will need at least two big innings to come from these four for getting to the predicted score. And the two who are most likely to deliver the goods are Smith and Finch. Both have impressive records against the Proteas and either could make the most runs for Australia in this game. Expect a late-order flourish from Travis Head.
For South Africa, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada will be leading the charge with the ball and will look to give Australia an early set back. Though he has cut down on his pace, Steyn still remains the key bowler and he could do the most damage. At this ground, he has the most impressive figures from the current squad which makes him a favorite to be the top bowler for his side. Imran Tahir will also fancy decent figures here due to the poor history of the Australian batsmen against spin.
South Africa and Australia have played six one-day internationals against each other at the New Wanderers Stadium with both winning three games each. Their most recent clash dates back to April 2009 when the visitors won the match by 47 runs.
Neither of the two teams have an edge over the other as far as head-to-head records at this ground are concerned. South Africa do have a terrific overall ODI record here with 22 wins and just 8 losses from their 30 matches - a win percentage of 73.33. However, Australia's record as visitors isn't bad either with six wins and three defeats from nine matches. The hosts have won their last four matches here while Smith's men have won three of their last four.
Both teams have done well at this ground and picking one above the other will be very difficult. But because South Africa have the home advantage, we feel they are slightly better placed to win this second one-dayer.
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