- Match: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Australia tour of South Africa, 2020
- Date: Wednesday, March 04, 2020
- Time: 11:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
It was like the South Africa of the old as they smashed Australia in the 1st ODI at Paarl by 74 runs. It was a clinical and comprehensive performance by the home team and has earned them a good 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. South Africa would now be confident of sealing the series in the second match at Bloemfontein on March 4.
South Africa Match Form
For South Africa, the hero in the first match was Heinrich Klaasen whose maiden unbeaten hundred (123*) took South Africa to a solid 291. He was ably supported by David Miller (64) and Kyle Verreynne (48). Now, with Klaasen in the middle-order, South Africa suddenly looks dangerous. If captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma score at the top, they will be even more formidable.
Their bowling delivered in the last game with Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi among the wickets. This bowling unit is now shaping up well.
Australia Match Form
It was an odd performance by Australia in the 1st ODI where they once again failed to perform collectively. Barring Steve Smith (76), none of the other batsmen could make a big score while chasing the target. The likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey haven’t been that consistent in ODIs in recent times and would really need to do better.
On the bowling front too, Australia looked toothless as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood leaked a lot of runs and the support bowlers couldn’t do much. Only the reliable Pat Cummins (3-45) did a good job. It will be interesting to see if this talented bowling unit can strike back in the next game.
South Africa vs Australia, 2nd ODI Cricket Betting Tips
The Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein – the venue for the 2nd ODI between South Africa and Australia is a high-scoring venue. Totals of 300-plus have been achieved on 6 occasions here with the highest one being 399-9 by England against South Africa in 2016.
The average score batting first here is 238. However, the team batting first in this match would be looking to score at least 280-290 to be safe. The pitch will be good to bat one but will also create good bounce and movement for the seam bowlers.
Australia will be wounded after the defeat in the first game. While South Africa will have the home advantage and the confidence, Australia will come hard and they have the talent to upstage the home side. Expect Australia to make a strong come back and win this match to level the series.