About the Match
Australia took a 1-0 lead in the on-going ODI series against South Africa as they won the first match by 32 runs; the two teams now go up against each other for the 2nd ODI at Perth on 16th Nov. South Africa, which started the tour on a positive note, seems to be at wit’s end as it continues to face defeat against the hosts and will be eager to make a comeback before it’s too late. Australia on the other hand is emerging to be consistent in their performance in all departments of the game; they will come out all guns blazing as they look ahead to steady their squad for the future challenges.
Batting first in the previous match, Warner and Finch steadied the innings as they posted a good 94-run opening stand; however, with their dismissals things looked shaky until Bailey came along and continued the momentum of getting the big runs on board. His 70 off 75 was inspiring and looks good to give a sturdy support in the middle order; Wade and Maxwell chipped in with the runs and they had a strong total of 300 runs on board, which the bowlers led by Coulter-Nile’s 4-48 defended with complete domination. Johnson and Hazlewood also contributed and the trio will be a tough unit to crack by the opponents going forward too. Watson, Maxwell and Marsh bring their all-round skills to the fore as they provide variety bowling but they also need to shoulder the responsibilities with the bat a little more seriously. The team has bolstered its confidence with this victory and will definitely come out stronger against the visitors in the matches to come; they just need to stay focused and be cautious against the wounded proteans.
Philander continues to work his magic as he displayed his bowling prowess with a figure of 4-45 in the first ODI; Steyn was also deadly as he claimed 2 wickets while Imran Tahir and Morkel got a wicket each. While the bowlers did their job well, the batsmen failed to step up and deliver for the cause of the team. The top order collapsed within a wink of an eye very early on in the chase and seniors like Amla, Behardien and Plessis failed to build the innings; except for AB de Villiers, who scored a valiant 80 off 76 and Miller’s impressive run-a-ball 65 runs the rest of the batsmen crumbled under pressure and they lost the match by 32 runs. Going forward, they need to be more determined and come out all guns blazing if they want to keep their hopes alive against the resurgent Aussies.
The Aussies have been executing their strategies to perfection whilst South Africa struggles to get its act together against the hosts; the visitors will have to regroup and give a lot of thought to their game-plan in the upcoming match. While the contest will surely go down to the wire, we feel South Africa will make a comeback and win the match in the end to draw level.
South Africa, 2.30 @ Bet365