About the Match
The visitors will be staring at a simple equation in 5th ODI at the Newlands Stadium, Cape Town to be played on Wednesday, October 12th, that is, to win the final ODI to avoid the clean sweep. Never in the history of Australian Cricket has it happened that they've lost 5-0 in a bilateral series and they'd surely be desperate to avoid that. South Africa, on the other hand, and in a rampaging mood and would like to leave nothing for the tourists. South Africa have batted extremely well throughout the series, but it was their bowling which won them the game at Port Elizabeth. With pride at stake for the Aussies, and a possible clean sweep for South Africa, a thrilling game of Cricket is certainly on the cards.
It was a dream day for the young leg-spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, in the fourth ODI as he ran past Australian middle order. He picked up 3 for 36 in his 10 Overs. Man of the Match Kyle Abbott bowled brilliantly as well and bagged four wickets. Australians, however, didn't help their cause either as they got out playing shots that weren't really required. As a result, hosts restricted the Austrians to a meagre total of 168 runs which did not require much effort despite the fact that the Proteas lost two early wickets in Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis steadied the ship with a solid 56-run partnership.
In the earlier three ODIs, South Africa have been brilliant with their batting. They chased down 290+ total in less than 40 Overs in the first ODI and scored massively in the second. It was David Miller's heroics which won them the game in 3rd ODI as they went on to chase a record total of 372. Almost all Protean batsmen have been amongst the runs and bowlers have brilliantly. It will take a special effort to stop these guys, considering the form they're in.
Australia has been way below what they are capable of in this series. Historically known for defending even modest totals, their bowlers have failed to defend totals as high as 372 in this series. On paper, their batting looks superb with David Warner and Aaron Finch to open and skipper Steve Smith, George Bailey and Mitch Marsh to follow, they haven't been able to convert it on the field. Their bowling has looked out of sorts with only Adam Zampa looking a little comfortable against South Africans.
In the previous ODI, their batting faltered and they were folded for just 167. Their bowlers did start well but weren't able to keep the pressure on as Faf and Duminy took the game away. In the previous three games as well, their bowling has failed to deliver. There have been a few sweet spots for Australia, but way too less than what Aussie fans would have wanted. While the Australian batting looks good on paper, their bowling looks a little weak. Still, if their batsmen can do as well as they've done in the past and bowlers can live up to their domestic performances, they surely can give the in-form South Africa a run for their money.
South Africa have already taken the series but would surely like to deepen the visitors' wounds by making a clean sweep. This Australian team would not want to become the first team to suffer a 5-0 defeat in a bilateral series. Regardless of the fact that the series has already been won by South Africa, this match offers plenty of mini contests. As far as the match winner is concerned, we'd place our money on the home team