This match will be an emotional one, for both the teams. Australia, the defending champions want to stay at the top of the points table, and have their semi finals played against New Zealand.
While on the other side, for the South African team, this will be the last one day international cricket match for Imran Tahir. This will be his 107th ODI. He will be heading into his final match with 172 ODI wickets down.
ICC World Cup 2019 has not seen the best performance from South African team led by Captain Faf Du Plesis. They had just two wins from eight games so far and have long been out of the race for semi-final qualification.
On the other hand, the Australian team has been able to be in the top 4 of the points table, showing that they are all set to take the world up back home again. “It’s about maintaining the momentum of winning,” quoted by Australia coach Langer.
Coach Langer also indicated left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, and paceman Pat Cummins, would both play on Saturday.
Australia Team News –
- Glenn Maxwell got hit on his right forearm in the nets and didn’t train since then. He has been cleared off any fracture and the coach Langer is backing him to play this match.
- Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the tournament and Peter Handscomb has been named his replacement.
- Adam Zampa is expected to come into the side replacing Nathan Lyon as a tactical change.
South Africa Team News-
- South Africa aren’t expected to make many changes with Dwaine Pretorius putting in a man of the match performance with the ball.
- Kagiso Rabada will remain their biggest weapon with the ball while the experience of Rassie van der Dussen and JP Duminy is sure to come in handy in this match.
The Number’s Game
Highest Total : 336/6 Ind vs Pak (2006)
Lowest Total : 45 Can vs Eng (1979)
Average Score : 224
Total Matches : 49
Won Batting 1st : 22
Won Bowling 1st : 27
Head to Head (in ODI) :Overall :
|Matches Played||Aus Won||SA Won||Tie||No Result|
In last 10 games :
SA Won : 7
NR : 1
In World Cups :
Matches Played : 5
Aus Won : 3
SA Won : 1
NR/Tie : 0/1
Teams Recent Form
AUS : W W W W W
SA : W L L W L
Australia Probable XI – David Warner, Aaron Finch (C),Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis , Alex Carey (WK), N Lyon , Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, J Behrendorff.
South Africa Probable XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy , Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius.
Wicket Keeper –
- QdK( Best batsman of SA, consistent)
- Alex Carey( Attacking batsman, very consistent in this WC, 71 last game)
- David Warner(516 runs this WC)
- Steven Smith(Haven’t got much chance to bat from last few games, failed in last game)
- Aron Finch( Looking in his prime form, 82, 153,51, 101 in last 4 of 5 games)
- Faf Du Plessis ( Consistent and most important player of team, 96 in last game)
- Hashim Amla( Experienced, Probably playing his last WC game, 80 runs last game)
- Rassie van der Dussen (Averages stunning 72 this year + 569 runs in 16 innings)
- Usmaan Khawaja( Technically strong player, Highest ODI scorer this year for Australia, 88 against NZ )
- Aiden Markram ( Attacking talented batsman, struggling with his form, will also bowl )
- Chris Morris( Attacking bats + very good bowler, 9 wickets in last 4 games,3 in last game)
- Glenn Maxwell ( Is in very good form, explosive batting + will bowl 5-6 overs)
- Marcus Stoinis ( Very good All-rounder, 9 wicket in last 4 games against SA)
- Andile Phehlukwayo ( Good hitter of the ball)
- D Pretorius ( Bowling All-Rounder, 3 wickets on his WC debut last game)
- Patt Cummins ( Best bowler from 2018, 29 wickets this year in just 13 matches, 12 wickets in 8 games)
- Mitchell Starc( Known for his pace and yorkers, 24 wickets this WC, Impact bowler, death specialist)
- Kagiso Rabada(19 wicket this year from 14 innings, Among top ODI bowlers currently, death over specialist)
- Imran Tahir( Leggie, wicket taker)
- Jason Behrendorff ( brilliant 5-fer in game against England, 2 wickets last game)