About the Match
The momentum of this domestic tournament is just picking up, with the younger players getting opportunity to be in the playing eleven as some of the key players in the team are on national duty in India. Tasmania and South Australia meet in an important encounter on 12th October 2013. Tasmania has just won the tie against South Australia two days before, with a ball to spare and have registered their points on the board. It was a close match and South Australia will be eager to square it up with Tasmania in this match. The upcoming match on Saturday should be an interesting one and with the favorable sunny weather ahead, the stands are expected to be full with fans cheering for their respective teams.
The Tasmanians need to improve their running between the wickets, if they have to keep their hopes in tackling the opponents more effectively. The batting line-up is good with the lower order sustaining pressure against the South Australians and has displayed better composure. The team needs to tackle Sayers who does a good job in fielding and bowling. As they have won only won one match in the tournament so far, they would like to repeat their performance and improve their standing, both in run rate and points. They may try the leg breaks by Cowan to deceive the opponents, though they have a tendency to keep their fast bowlers going till the end. They are likely to retain the winning eleven for the present match so that the batsmen improve their understanding in running between the wickets which may help them to put up better performance as the tournament progresses.
Klinger and Andrew McDonald make a good opening pair and it will be tough for the opponents to tame this pair. The middle order could not sustain the tempo even though the Tasmanian bowling was below par. Botha, Ross and Mennie can hold the innings, if the top order does not click. Somehow, the battery of fast bowlers in the team is not effective, though the batting seems fairly good to post a reasonable target to the opposition. They are yet to score a win in the 3 matches already played and would like to change the trend. With the narrow margin by which they lost to the same opponents, they have an uphill task cut out for the players, especially for the bowlers, to win the contest. Except for Botha, other spinners in the team were not utilized, at least, in the middle overs, to restrict the flow of runs by the middle order Tasmanians. Cowan may get a chance to bowl his off breaks and test his talents.
Both teams will put in their best to win the match; the middle order of Tasmania seems more solid compared to the South Australian team that has not been consistent in their batting. The strengths of both the teams in the bowling department seem to be same and hence the batting capabilities will decide the outcome. Although Tasmanians have a good combination, I think that the experience of Botha and other players will outweigh and take South Australia to their first victory of the season.
South Australia, 1.90 @ Bet365