3rd ODI Cricket Preview – South Africa v Australia
Wednesday October 5, 10:30pm AEDT – Kingsmead, Durban
South Africa can wrap up the best of five series with a win in Durban after dominating a weakened Australian side in the opening two ODIs.
South Africa took out the 1st ODI in Centurion by 6 wickets, with opener Quinton De Kock producing a blistering 178 off 113 balls that included 16 fours and 11 sixes. The Australian bowling attack led by John Hastings, Scott Boland and Daniel Worrall was no match for the South African top order as they chased down Australia’s total of 294 in just under 37 overs.
Things didn’t get any better for Steve Smith’s men in the 2nd ODI as the South African top order dominated again and dispatched Australian’s makeshift attack to all ends of New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Captain Faf Du Plesis made 111 and received strong support from Rilee Rossouw (75) and JP Duminy (82) in SA’s mammoth total of 6/361. Australia put up very little resistance as they were dismissed for 219 with David Warner and Travis Head posting half centuries.
So it sets up a must-win clash for Australia in Durban, a venue they’ve performed well at, winning their last four ODI clashes against SA with their last victory at the ground in October 2011 where they won by 3 wickets. It’s important to consider that the only Australian player on this tour involved in that clash was David Warner.
Despite South Africa’s struggles against Australia at Kingsmead, they’ve won their last 3 ODIs at the venue by an average of 86 runs.
The biggest dilemma for South Africa is who to leave out of a winning side, with Rossouw and Hashim Amla potentially battling for one spot. Rossouw has scored 138 for the series at an average of 69, while Amla has made scores of 100, 66 and 44 in his last three ODI innings at Kingsmead.
The wicket in Durban is expected to be slower than the pitches in both Centurion and Johannesburg, but unfortunately for Australia’s batsmen, it could bring South African spinner Imran Tahir right into calculations. Tahir has taken 107 ODI wickets at an average of 23.42 and Australia’s headaches with spin have been well documented in the past.
There has to be serious question marks over this Australian side and despite the weaknesses in the bowling attack, the experienced top order led by David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith have yet to post a commanding score like their South African counterparts.
De Kock (200), Rossouw (138), Du Plessis (137) and Duminy (91) are the top four scorers for the series and it’s no surprise to see the dominance of South Africa as a result.
There’s no questioning Australia’s fight when the chips are down, but other than Adam Zampa on a turning surface, it’s hard to see any real threats in this bowling attack to this in-form South African batting line-up.
Match Result – South Africa ($1.62)
South Africa Most Runs – Hashim Amla ($4)/ Faf Du Plessis ($4.50) if Amla doesn’t make the starting XI.
Australia Most Runs – Steve Smith ($4.50)
South Africa Most Wickets – Imran Tahir ($4)
Australia Most Wickets – Adam Zampa ($4.50)
Best Bet – South Africa ($1.62)