SA vs AUS ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup 2nd Semi-Final Match Prediction
Match: South Africa vs Australia
Time: 16 Nov, 02:00 PM (IST)
Series:: ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match
Venue: Eden Gardens – Kolkata, India
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SA vs AUS Preview:
- David Warner emerged as one of the standout performers during the group stage, ranking among the top five run-scorers with two centuries and two half-centuries. Currently boasting an impressive average of 55.44 in the competition, he is our favored choice for Australia’s leading run-scorer against South Africa.
- In the bowling department, Adam Zampa led the charts in the group stage, securing 22 wickets at an average of 18.90 and a strike-rate of 21.54. Given his exceptional form, Zampa is a solid candidate for Australia’s top wicket-taker in the upcoming semi-final.
- On the South African front, Quinton de Kock has been in sensational form, maintaining an average of 65.66 and standing as the sole player to have achieved four centuries in the tournament. With 21 sixes from nine innings, the left-hander is our prediction for South Africa’s highest run-scorer against Australia.
- Meanwhile, Marco Jansen has been a reliable force in the bowling department, amassing 17 wickets throughout the tournament and consistently taking 2 or more wickets in seven of his eight appearances. Backing his consistent performance, we recommend supporting Jansen as South Africa’s top wicket-taker in the upcoming clash.
- Given Adam Zampa’s remarkable control and wicket-taking prowess, we advise selecting him to claim over 1.5 wickets in this highly anticipated fixture.
Live Streaming of SA vs AUS:
TV Channels: This game will be broadcast on Sky Cricket, Sky Sports PAK, Willow TV and Star Sports.
Live Streaming: You can live-stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and Sky Go.
Weather & Pitch Report:
Expect exceptionally humid weather in Kolkata during Thursday’s game. The temperature will hover in the mid to high 20s, with a potential for thunderstorms currently in the forecast.
Despite a batting lineup that lacked confidence, England managed to score 337/9 in the previous match at Eden Gardens, indicating that it is indeed a favorable wicket for batting. Given the robust batting depth in both teams, we anticipate a competitive par total to be in the vicinity of 380.
Considering that three out of four victories at this venue during the 2023 Cricket World Cup have been secured by the team batting first, and extending this trend further, nine of the last 11 ODIs also favor the team batting first. Consequently, we anticipate that if either team wins the toss in this semi-final, they are likely to opt for batting first.
SA vs AUS Team NEWS:
SA Team News:
Opening batter and captain Temba Bavuma, along with opening bowler Lungi Ngidi, are facing injury concerns leading up to this game. While both are currently anticipated to participate, they sustained knocks in the match against Afghanistan. Despite Andile Phehlukwayo’s impressive performance when called into the side, we anticipate him being sidelined for this upcoming game.
AUS Team News:
Australia opted to rest two players, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell, in their final group stage game. In their absence, Steve Smith and Sean Abbott were included in the XI. Anticipating the importance of this upcoming game, we foresee the selection of the best side, which likely means the return of Starc and Maxwell.
1.Quinton de Kock(WK)
2. Temba Bavuma(C)
3. Rassie van der-Dussen
4. Aiden Markram
5. Heinrich Klaasen(WK)
6. David Miller
7. Andile Phehlukwayo
8. Keshav Maharaj
9. Gerald Coetzee
10. Lungi Ngidi
11. Kagiso Rabada
2. David Warner
3. Mitchell Marsh
4. Steven Smith
5. M Labuschagne
6. Josh Inglis(WK)
7. Marcus Stoinis
8. Sean Abbott
9. Pat Cummins(C)
10. Adam Zampa
11. Josh Hazlewood
SA vs AUS Team Combo:
SA Team Info –
- Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma will probably open the inning.
- Quinton de Kock is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Rassie van der-Dussen will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
- Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen will handle the middle-order batting.
- Temba Bavuma will lead the South Africa as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman
- Heinrich Klaasen will do the Wicket Keeping for South Africa.
- Aiden Markram and Keshav Maharaj will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
- Gerald Coetzee and Kagiso Rabada will lead the pace attack of his team.
- Gerald Coetzee was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
AUS Team Info –
- Travis Head and David Warner will probably open the inning.
- Mitchell Marsh will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
- Mitchell Marsh was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
- Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will handle the middle-order batting.
- Pat Cummins will lead the Australia as a Captain. He is also a good Bowler
- Josh Inglis will do the Wicket Keeping for Australia.
- Adam Zampa will take care of the spin bowling of the team. He is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will lead the pace attack of his team.
Having been eliminated in the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and South Africa never having reached a World Cup Final, both teams carry significant motivation into this upcoming game. Anticipation is high for what could be one of the closest and most entertaining semi-finals in recent memory. Foreseeing a closely contested match, we are placing our confidence in Australia to emerge victorious in this semi-final, backed by the experience of players who have excelled in high-stakes games before.
SA vs AUS Key Players:
Quinton de Kock
The South African wicketkeeper-batsman stands second only to Virat Kohli in run-scoring during the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023. Notably, he added three more sixes to his tally in the recent match against Afghanistan.
Rassie van der Dussen
Few batsmen worldwide boast such a consistently impressive record in One Day International (ODI) cricket. The player at the number three position earned the Player of the Match Award for his outstanding performance, scoring an unbeaten 76 from 95 balls.
The towering all-rounder has enjoyed a remarkable tournament, showcasing excellence with both bat and ball. He will enter this upcoming game well-rested, having been excluded from the clash against Afghanistan.
The 23-year-old paceman contributed four more dismissals to his tally in this tournament, bringing his total to 18 wickets at an impressive strike-rate of 18.16.
The southpaw opener accumulated a total of 499 runs during the group stage, adding six additional fours in the convincing victory over Bangladesh in Match 43.
The all-round batsman claimed the Player of the Match Award by achieving his highest ODI score, an unbeaten 177 from 132 balls, in the final group stage game.
The 31-year-old spin bowler has secured three four-wicket hauls in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, crucially dismissing Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim in the recent game.
Consistently among Australia’s most economical bowlers, the right-arm fast bowler is currently in exceptional form. In the recent victory over Bangladesh, he conceded just 21 runs from seven overs.
SA vs AUS Team Forms:
SA Team Form:
Entering this game, South Africa boasts five victories in their last six matches at this Cricket World Cup, including a hard-fought win in their recent fixture against Afghanistan.
AUS Team Form:
Australia suffered defeats in Match 5 and Match 10 but rebounded by winning seven consecutive ODIs leading up to this semi-final clash against South Africa.
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SA vs AUS SQUAD:
South Africa (SA) Squad:
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams.
Australia (AUS) Squad:
Pat Cummins (c), Steven Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis (wk), Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Marnus Labuschagne
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