The 10th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played in Lucknow, India, on October 12th. Australia will take on in-form South Africa. Let us look at Australia vs South Africa Match Preview, Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI and Top Fantasy Picks.
Australia vs South Africa Match Preview
Australia will clash with South Africa in this highly anticipated encounter on Thursday in Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, which is hosting its first game in this edition of the Cricket World Cup. Both sides are coming with contrasting fortunes from their respective previous games.
South Africa Dominated Sri Lanka in their high scoring encounter where they posted a massive total of 428-5 with 3 of their Batters notching up a Ton. On the other hand, Australia lost a low-scoring affair against the hosts, where for once it seemed they would pull things back but India won it comfortably after the early turbulences, courtesy of match-winning knocks of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. Australia’s batting has been a letdown in previous matches.
Having said that, the encounter seems exciting and will be closely fought. South Africa has been very good of late, and Australians know how to perform on the big stage, where it is needed the most. Let’s have a look at important match details.
Australia vs South Africa Pitch Report
Ekana Cricket Stadium is hosting its first match of the tournament. The pith will be fresh and might have a grass cover on it to hold it for a long tournament. Other than that, traditionally, the pitch remains slow assisting spinners and sow bowlers, it keeps slowing down as the match progresses, so it is advisable to win the toss and Bat First. The pacers with variations might benefit from the pitch. It could be another low-scoring encounter.
Average 1st innings score: 215 runs
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(wk), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams
Australia vs South Africa Probable Playing XI
Australia: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Head to Head Record
ODI World Cup Games
Top Fantasy Picks
|Rassie van der Dussen
- Quinton de Kock struggles against Hazlewood and Starc.
- Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have good numbers against Australian Batters.
Australia vs South Africa Probable Match Winner
This match will be closely fought and picking a team is marginal. But on pedigree, we back Australia to win this match.
- Australia’s Chance of Winning: 55%
- South Africa’s Chance of Winning: 45%