Australia vs South Africa, Match 10
ICC World Cup, 12th October 2023, 2:00 PM IST, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Brace yourselves for a clash of the titans as Australia and South Africa lock horns in the 10th match of the ODI World Cup on Thursday.
Australia didn't enjoy the kind of start they would have wanted to their World Cup campaign as they lost to India by six wickets. South Africa, on the other hand, were in fine form as they etched their name in the record books by notching up 428 against Sri Lanka, winning the match by 102 runs in the process.
The Proteas showed great form ahead of the World Cup and they have now carried that form forward into this mega event. Their batting unit is firing on all cylinders, scoring runs, and the bowlers are doing a decent job as well, taking regular wickets. They will now look to build on this momentum as they go into this crucial clash against Australia.
Australia, on the other hand, have to make a lot of improvements going into this contest. Their batting collapsed miserably against India and they will need to come up with a far more improved performance in this game.
Team Form, Last 5 matches for Australia: L W L L L
Team Form, Last 5 matches for South Africa: W W W W L
AUS vs SA match preview
Australia have lost four out of their last five ODIs, which is very surprising for a team of their quality. Despite the presence of big names like David Warner, Steve Smith, and Mitch Marsh, the batting has struggled consistently. The big guns need to step up now if they want to turn things around.
As far as Australia's bowling is concerned, their pace attack is one of the best in the world. Even in the match against India, they had reduced them to 2/3 while defending 200. So, they have to do their best job again while hoping that their batters turn up.
Probable best performers
Probable best batter: David Warner
Probable best bowler: Josh Hazlewood
Probable Playing XI
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The South Africa team don't have such concerns if we look at their overall form. With victories in all of their last four ODI games, they are enjoying great momentum. Even in their opening World Cup encounter, their batting unit smashed all records, posting a total of 428/5. Three batters — Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram — smashed centuries.
However, they do have some concerns when it comes to their bowling. Marco Jansen was smashed for 92 runs in his 10-over spell although he took some wickets, whereas Gerald Coetzee was expensive as well. So, there might be some changes in this department.
Probable best performers
Probable best batter: Rassie van der Dussen
Probable best bowler: Kagiso Rabada
Probable Playing XI
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada
Pitch report and expected weather conditions for AUS vs SA
The pitch in Lucknow is of dry nature and favours the spinners a lot. Scoring runs will be easier in the first innings of the match as the deck is expected to slow down as the match progresses. So, it is advisable to bat first at this venue, and put runs on the board.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium ODI Statistics
Matches Played 4
Won batting first 2
Won batting second 2
Average first innings score 188
Expected weather report: The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy for the duration of this match. A high of 35 Degrees will be around when the first ball is bowled, with the temperature dropping towards the end of the game and tailing off to a low of 22 Degrees overnight. There will be virtually no chance of rain, and negligible winds at less than 10 km/h.
Australia vs South Africa Dream11 match prediction
Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen
Batters: David Warner, Steve Smith, Rassie van der Dussen, Mitch Marsh
All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Vice-captain: Aiden Markram
Heinrich Klaasen and Quinton de Kock, the two South African wicket-keeper batters, are absolute must-haves for this match. Klaasen has been in terrific batting form and De Kock also scored a century in the last game.
In the batters' section, we have gone with three Australian batters and one South African batter in our Dream11 prediction and tips. Van der Dussen scored a century in the last game. Warner has been in good batting form since the series against India, scoring regular runs, whereas Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh are batters with high-scoring potential.
Glenn Maxwell and Aiden Markram are the two all-rounders picked for this game. Both are expected to bowl their off-breaks on a turning Lucknow track, and they can score heavily with that bat as well. Markram is coming into this match on the back of a century in the last game.
We have gone with all Australian attack in the bowling department for our Dream11 prediction and tips. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are the two pacers picked, and Adam Zampa is the lone spinner.
Australia vs South Africa win prediction: South Africa to win
The Proteas are in excellent form, winning four out of their last five ODIs. Australia, on the other hand, have lost four out of their last five ODI matches. South Africa's batting unit is also looking stronger than that of Australia. So, our tips are for them to win this contest.