And here we are at the end of the World cup 2019 League phase. Australia takes on South Africa in Manchester on a Saturday afternoon. Australia has a golden chance to seal this match to be the table toppers and face New Zealand in the semis.
Apart from a defeat from India, Australia has fared quite brilliantly in the tournament so far. They are having an interesting tournament with some magnificent contributions made in all the three departments. Their openers have been in great touch both scoring above 500 runs so far. Steve Smith looks in great touch but did not get enough opportunities to bat. Mitchel Starc is in red hot form; he has produced some breath-taking performances all over this World Cup so far. Alex Carey has fared well with his gloves as well as bat. Glen Maxwell has provided them with some sky touching strike-rated innings when the team required it. All and all the team look balanced. The only issue that has come forward is the middle order of Australia which looks quite uncertain.
KEY PLAYERS: Arron Finch, David Warner, Mitchel Starc
South Africa’s journey in the World Cup 2019 will come to an end after Australia clash. The 49-run defeat against Pakistan virtually knocked them out of the tournament. Except for a clinical performance against Afghanistan, South Africa have been extremely disappointing. All Faf du Plessis’ men are left with is to play freely and play for the pride. This might be the last ODI World Cup for the skip Du Plessis, so he would like to end it on a high. But the challenge is quite stiff.
Key Players: Faf Du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada
Date: Saturday, 6th July 2019
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Time: 01:30 am LOCAL, 06:00 pm IST
The Manchester weather is expected to become sunny, with some cloud cover. The temperature is expected to be around 22 Degrees Celsius and humidity around 56%.
The Old Trafford pitch is going to provide a balance between the bat and ball. A score of around 300 is going to be a par score in Manchester. It has been a pitch that supports the batsmen always and has less for the bowlers. Win the toss elect Batting will be the mantra followed.
Head to Head:
Australia: 48 – S Africa: 47
No result: 1
In World Cup: 5
S Africa 1 – Australia 3
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (C), Aiden Markram/JP Duminy, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir