Australia will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the opening game against another formidable foe – South Africa. The Aussies weren't able to capitalise on the great start in their bowling innings, which saw India 3/2! We will need the likes of Mitch Marsh to stand up with the bat against South Africa, so we don't go down 0-2.
On the other hand, South Africa had a commanding win in their opening game against Sri Lanka, winning by 102 runs. It was the Markram show in that game, which saw him belt a 49-ball century! Not to be outdone, both de Kock AND van der Dussen scored centuries of their own.
Our cricket experts here at Dabble preview all the important details of this match and provide their best cricket tips:
This is a massive match. South Africa as we saw in the series against Australia and the first World Cup match have a high ceiling with the bat. Hopefully the Aussies can get off to a flyer with Warner and Marsh and help score a big total. I think our attack can defend high totals. Australia to bounce back and take the victory here.
Top Australian Run Scorer
Smithy was the top scorer against India. Batting at number 3, I expect him to be a consistent run scorer and will be top scorer on a regular basis as he is so experienced in Indian conditions. He is in form and has the momentum behind him at the moment.
Top South African Run Scorer
There are a lot of options here for South Africa; de Kock, van der Dussen but for this clash, I'm going with Markram who can belt them around to keep momentum or bat through if South Africa lose early wickets. With all that versatility, it's a good option for the top run scorer.
Top Australian Wicket Taker
There are some genuine wicket takers in the Aussie bowling attack, but Mitchell Starc is a pure wicket taking machine. New ball inswingers then cutters, yorkers and some reverse swing at the death = wickets. He only took one wicket in the opening game, so he'll be looking for a bag in this clash.
Top South African Wicket Taker
Rabada is the man for South Africa with the ball. He took two wickets in the first game against Sri Lanka and has a career strike rate of a wicket every 32 balls. This means he will be up the top of the wicket takers at end of World Cup. Expecting a big game from him against Australia.
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