Australia vs South Africa Predictions – Cricket World Cup

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
ICC Cricket World Cup Australia vs South Africa
Australia vs South Africa, Cricket World Cup 2019, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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World Cup Squad Comparison

Australia

Australia are at the top in the points table with 7 wins, 1 loss and a total of 14 points with a net run rate of +1.000. Australia’s only loss was against India in their 3rd fixture of the World Cup 2019. Following that loss, Australia won their next 5 consecutive matches securing a semi-final berth. David Warner and Aaron Finch are among the top 5 run scorers in the tournament, and when they haven’t scored for their side, the middle order consisting of Usman Khawaja and Alex Carrey has come to the rescue. While Glenn Maxwell has ben struggling with short pitched deliveries, he’s played some really fine innings after the top order had set the right platform.

Alex Carey is a very valuable player for Australia at number 7, who can pace his innings as required. He walked in to bat in the 42nd over when Australia were 228-5, and scored unbeaten 38 off 27 balls as Australia finished 285-7 in 50 overs. In the next match, Carey arrived on the crease early in the 22nd over as Australia found themselves 5 wickets down for 92 runs in the 22nd over. Alex Carey scored 71 off 72 balls and built a partnership of 107 runs for the 6th wicket with Unman Khawaja. This turned out to be a match winning partnership for the Aussies.

Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff are in great form and their wicket taking abilities have helped Australia clinch consecutive victories defending totals. Starc and Behrendorff have picked 9 and 7 wickets in last 2 matches respectively. Starc is their go to bowler every time Australia needs to break a partnership and he has been very successful so far.

South Africa

With 2 wins in 8 matches and 5 points on the board, the Proteas’ World Cup campaign has been a disappointing one. Starting with a loss in their opening match against England, followed by another defeat to Bangladesh in the next match, South Africa were on the back foot when the faced India in their 3rd match. South Africa’s first win came against Afghanistan chasing 125 runs target, followed by two more losses to New Zealand and Pakistan respectively.

At the Riverside Ground, the Proteas bowlers did exceptionally well against Sri Lanka wrapping up the Sri Lankan innings for 203 runs. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis scored unbeaten half centuries to chase down the total as South Africa won by 9 wickets. While South Africa had won the ODI series 2-1 on their tour of Australia last year, both teams have come a long way since then. Aussies look tougher, confident and in a match better form at the moment, while South Africa have struggled with many issues through out this World Cup.

There haven’t been consistent performances from the middle order and with no one reliable in the batting department, the inconsistency dented their campaign big time. Rassie van der Dussen is one batsmen who has shown spirit in the middle order and fought hard in times of need. The Proteas need their top order of Amla, de Kock and skipper Faf du Plessis to score runs and build long partnerships before exposing the middle order to a strong Aussie bowling attack.

Our Prediction for Australia vs South Africa

Australia would win this match

Australian team is in a great form in every department including bowling and fielding. They’ve got some really good batsmen in the middle with great skill and temperament and can dig their side out of any situation. While South Africa performed well in their last match against Sri Lanka, the chances of them replicating the same against Australia are bleak.

Prateik K
By: Prateik K

A Data Engineer by trade, Prateik has coupled two things he loves the most - Cricket and Data. When he is not playing cricket, he is pulling data insights from current and past cricket matches, building predictive models, writing predictions and betting tips. An armchair activist, Prateik spends his free time reading philosophy and nagging people about climate change.

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