Australia vs South Africa: A World Cup Clash of Titans in 2023


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Australia performed below par and lost handily. South Africa outperformed expectations and triumphed handily. The two sides who will square off on Thursday in Lucknow could not have had more dissimilar World Cup seasons.

On Sunday in Chennai, India used the bowling trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja to dismiss Australia for 199 and win by six wickets with 8.4 overs remaining. South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs on Friday in Delhi thanks to hundreds from Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram.

As a result, this matchup has more riding on it than on the majority of these teams’ games, which are almost always loaded with significance and relevance. Win, and the hope for brighter times will grow.

After only two of the nine games each side will play before the elimination rounds, logic dictates that it is premature to draw conclusions of that magnitude. Perhaps that applies to some other parties, but not to these two.

Despite their larger republican aspirations, Australia has won the World Cup five times in its 12 iterations, making them as close to cricket royalty as one can go. South Africa is a constant deceiver in the game; a contestant who is eventually revealed to be a fraud. It’s princes vs paupers in this case.

It doesn’t really matter that South Africa has defeated Australia in 15 of their last 20 completed one-day internationals (ODIs), a winning streak that began in November 2014. In several of situations, the Australians’ strongest combination wasn’t available.

Though this judgment is based solely on the results of each team’s lone match thus far, the matchup between South Africa’s hitters and Australia’s bowlers may be more competitive on Thursday. However, the opposite could also be true. Who wouldn’t want to watch a tense hitting lineup go up against an offensive and defensive unit who didn’t exactly perform admirably their previous outing?

It’s challenging to ignore the idea that this is a match between a squad that is struggling on the international stage and a team that has found its footing just in time to stand tall at the same level. Although Thursday’s game may render that prediction foolish, it is still a solid notion at this time.

Match Details

Date – 12th  October 2023

Time – 2:00PM (Local)

Venue – Ekana Stadium, Lucknow

Pitch Conditions

Who knows—it’s a brand-new pitch. There have only been four ODI matches played here, and the pitches were redone following this year’s IPL. Following the curator’s dismissal for creating what Hardik Pandya called a “shocker” of a slow, turning surface on which India needed 19.5 overs to defeat New Zealand’s 99/8 in a T20I in January, the curator was fired.

The hitters and the bowlers are balanced out in Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. In the past, batters who practice the waiting game have prospered here. Fast bowlers can benefit from the early conditions, and spinners thrive when the pitch ages and the ball begins to take a sharp turn.

Toss Strategy – Win the toss and bowl first

In this competition (World Cup 2023), sides have decided to bowl first. The ball doesn’t come into the bat properly in the early overs, making it difficult to set a good score on this track. The team that wins the toss will bowl first after considering the dew factor and both teams.

Probable Playing XI for Australia 

1. David Warner, 2. Mitchell Marsh, 3. Steven Smith, 4.Marnus Labuschagne, 5.Glenn Maxwell, 6.Alex Carey, 7. Marcus Stoinis, 8. Pat Cummins (capt), 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Josh Hazlewood

Probable Playing XI for South Africa

1. Temba Bavuma (capt), 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. Rassie van der Dussen, 4. Aiden Markram, 5. Heinrich Klaasen, 6. David Miller, 7. Marco Jansen, 8. Keshav Maharaj, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Lungi Ngidi, 11. Tabraiz Shamsi

Australia vs South Africa Odds Analysis

Currently Australia is placed at 1.70. If we calculate the winning percentage of Australia at these odds then it comes out to be 58.82 percent.

On the other hand, South Africa is placed at 2.21. If we calculate the winning percentage of South Africa at these odds then it comes out to be 45.45 percent.

Australia vs South Africa – Players to watch out for Dream11

  1. Steven Smith
  2. David Warner
  3. Marnus Labuschagne
  4. Mitchell Starc
  5. Josh Hazelwood
  6. Gerald Coetzee
  7. Hendrik van der Dussen
  8. David Miller

Match Winner Prediction 

According to our prediction, Australia should win this match.

Australia vs South Africa Dream11 Team



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