After losing the 1st ODI match, the Australian team would look to bounce back to level up the series. But to keep their hopes alive, they need to find a way to dominate the South African bowling. Both teams would be facing each other on 9th Nov, at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
In the first match, South Africa comfortably defeated Australia by 6 wickets with 20.4 overs still remaining. Steyn, Lungi, Phehlukwayo, and Tahir bundled Australia to a score of just 152 runs. For Australia, Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile were the only batsmen to get over 30+ runs.
Dale Steyn, who was making his comeback to international one-day cricket after 2 years, picked up 2 wickets in his spell of 7 overs, giving only 18 runs. Steyn was awarded ‘Man of Match’ for his brilliant performance with the ball.
On the batting front, Australia would hope their experienced players (Maxwell, Finch, and Stoinis) step up to the occasion and accept the challenge. If Kangaroos needs to win this, building long partnerships will be the key.
Looking at the current form of the South African team, the predictions and odds are in their favor. Proteas will look to continue the winning streak and claim the 3 match series.
But, the stats do support Kangaroos. The Australian team has played a total of 50 ODI matches at Adelaide Oval, winning 35 out of those (a winning percentage of 70).
The weather is expected to be mostly sunny with some clouds in the evening.
South Africa: It is highly unlikely that the Proteas will make any change on the winning team. They will go ahead with the same playing XI in the 2nd ODI.
Australia: The team might look into making some changes in their playing XI, as well as the batting order. Adam Zampa might get a spot in the playing XI as a specialist spinner. In terms of the batting order, we might see Lynn and D’Arcy Short opening the batting for Australia.