South Africa lead Australia 1-0 in their three-match One Day Inernational Series. Can Australia level the series in Bloemfontein?
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South Africa vs Australia 2nd ODI Predictions & Betting Tips
Wednesday, March 4 – 11:00 GMT – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
South Africa will be hoping Henrich Klaasen is once again in top form with the bat as they look to clinch an ODI series win over Australia.
Klaasen hit an unbeaten 123 as his maiden ODI century set the Proteas on their way to a 74-run victory over Australia in Paarl. The 28-year-old steadied the ship along with debutant Kyle Verreynne as they recovered from 48-3 to 126-4 as Verreynne was dismissed for 48. Earlier on, Janneman Malan became the first played to be dismissed with his first ball on his ODI debut.
Klaasen was now settled and David Miller came to the crease and scored 64 off 70 deliveries with four fours and one six as they reached 275 before Miller departed as Pat Cummins had him caught behind by Alex Carey.
Cummins was Australia’s pick of the bowlers as he collected three wickets for 45 runs from his allocated 10 overs, while Mitchell Starc took two wickets as South Africa made 291/7 off their 50 overs.
Although it was a strong total from the hosts, Australia should have had enough fire power to knock that total off. But in the end, they fell way short and will need to improve if they are to level this series.
Steve Smith once again showed why he is still one of the best batsmen in the world. The former Australia captain hit 76 off 94 balls with just three boundaries after openers Aaron Finch and David Warner had failed to get off to a good start.
South African-born Marnus Labuschagne, who was playing international cricket in the country of his birth for the first time, showed how good he was with 41 off 51 deliveries as Australia started to claw back some authority.
That didn’t last as Smith and Laubuschange were let down by their team-mates with D’Arcy Short the only batsman from the last six to actually reach double figures.
Australia are now down for too long, they are one of the best teams in the world at bouncing back from defeat, but this South Africa team mean business.
I am backing South Africa to win this second ODI and clinch the series. They just look too strong with the bat. If they can get the likes of Smith, Warner and Labuschange cheaply, then this could be a very easy victory. But it’s a massive IF.
Verreynne looked composed on his ODI debut and he was rewarded with some runs. He will be disappointed not to have made his half century, but I’m backing him to kick on and be South Africa’s top scorer in this one.