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South Africa vs Australia Second ODI Tips - Hosts set for a quick bounce back

Sridhar
08 Sep 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 08 Sep 2023
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  • South Africa vs Australia Second ODI predictions to be played at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening, IST
  • South Africa have won 8 of their last 9 home ODIs against Australia
  • South Africa have won 10 of their last 12 ODIs at this venue
  • Australia have lost 11 of their last 13 ODIs against South Africa
  • Temba Bavuma has scored at least 90 in 4 of his last 6 ODIs for South Africa
  • Can South Africa bounce back in the second ODI and level the series?
South Africa vs Australia Second ODI
Can South Africa bounce back in the second ODI? (Getty Images)

South Africa vs Australia Second ODI


True to the way this fixture has been played over the years, South Africa and Australia dished out a close game on Thursday. The visitors ended up winning by 3 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The second ODI will be played at the same venue of Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Saturday, September 9 from 4:30pm IST.
  • South Africa vs Australia Second ODI
  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Team News
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Team News

It was a fourth straight win for Australia on their tour of South Africa, highlighting their dominance. Yet, this is a format that the Proteas enjoy and even in the first match, they came close to exerting their influence. I am still backing South Africa to win.

  • South Africa have won 8 of their last 9 home matches against Australia (ODIs)
  • South Africa have won 10 of their last 12 matches at this venue against all teams (ODIs)
  • Australia have lost 11 of their last 13 matches against South Africa (ODIs)
  • Travis Head has hit a 50 in 6 of his last 13 matches (ODIs)
  • Temba Bavuma has hit at least 90 in 4 of his last 6 matches (ODIs)

Head to Head


There have been 104 ODIs to date between South Africa and Australia. Of these, the Proteas have won 51 and lost 49 with three ending as ties and one had no result.

The record is equally tight in South Africa with the 47 ODIs in the Rainbow nation between these teams seeing 25 wins for South Africa and 21 wins for Australia.

South Africa Form


South Africa lost the T20I series 3-0 although that was with a different team compared to the ODI side. They would have wanted a better start than the final result in the first match – a three-wicket defeat.

On a tricky surface, the batters struggled to push their case as South Africa scored just 222 all out in 49 overs. The total was a credit to their captain Temba Bavuma who scored 114 with the next best being Marco Jansen’s 32.

The bowlers responded in kind reducing Australia to 113 for 7, but lost the plot from there. Kagiso Rabada and Gerald Coetzee breathed fire with two wickets each.

South Africa Team News


South Africa may not change their playing XI unless they want to keep Lungi Ngidi out and try out Anrich Nortje.

Australia Form


Australia are playing without their regular captain Pat Cummins, although that didn’t stop them from dominating the T20I series. Even in the first ODI, they were captained by Mitchell Marsh.

He would have been happy seeing his bowlers restrict the Proteas, although they failed to contain after the score was 168 for 7 and 185 for 9. Josh Hazlewood was the pick with three wickets.

The bigger concern for Australia would be the way their top-order folded. Three of the top-six batters failed to go beyond three runs while Cameron Green was retired hurt. That proved to be a blessing though, as Marnus Labuschagne’s 80 not out led them to victory.

Australia Team News


Australia’s concussion sub Marnus Labuschagne could play this match from the start as Cameron Green is unlikely to recover on time.

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What time does South Africa vs Australia Second ODI start?

This South Africa vs Australia Second ODI will be played at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on September 9, Saturday starting at 4:30pm IST.

Verdict

Both teams showed just why this rivalry is one of the fascinating ones to watch in world cricket. It was a game of small margins, eventually ending in Australia’s favour. I backed South Africa in the first match and would happily do so again, considering they were so close to winning the first one. Keep an eye on the market for Temba Bavuma who seems to love this venue.

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