- Match: South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI, Australia tour of South Africa, 2020
- Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
- Time: 11:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
After comprehensively winning the T20I series 2-1, Australia will move towards the final leg of their tour to South Africa with a 3-match ODI series. The first match of the series begins on February 29 at Boland Park, Paarl. Australia has had a good run in ODI cricket over the last couple of seasons and despite the 1-2 series loss to India recently, they appear a strong outfit that can really challenge the Proteas at home.
South Africa Match Form
At home, South Africa is expected to dominate but they have lately produced some horrible batting performances in their own backyard. The onus will be on captain Quinton de Kock to lead from the front. Temba Bavuma will have to hold the middle-order together with David Miller. One man to watch out for will be Heinrich Klaasen whose destructive abilities can be the game-changer.
On the bowling front, South Africa will have to depend on Kagiso Rabada to the bulk of the work. Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo haven’t been consistent but leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi might have a big impact on the game.
Australia Match Form
Australia has a solid all-round unit. They have a top-order consisting of skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steven Smith who can easily take the game away from any opposition. Marnus Labuschagne is a robust presence in the middle-order and Alex Carey can provide a late flourish down the order.
Their bowling has superb variety. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are two of the best seamers around. They will get able support from Kane Richardson and leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI Cricket Betting Tips
The venue for the 1st ODI between South Africa and Australia is Boland Park at Paarl. Not many ODIs have been played here but it has been a good batting surface over the years and also assists seam bowlers. It will be interesting to see if the surface remains hard or it loosens a bit to help spin bowlers later on.
The highest total achieved on this ground is 353-6 by South Africa against Bangladesh in 2007. However, the average total batting first here is 239. The team batting first would be aiming for a score of 280-290.
South Africa will try to take the home advantage and put pressure on South Africa. However, their batting is too dependent on a few individuals and their bowling doesn’t have that bite. Australia is looking in great shape overall and have already spent some time in South Africa. Expect Australia to come hard and clinch the first ODI.