Match: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd ODI
Venue: Mangaung Oval
Date and time: March 4, 2020, at 4.30 PM IST
The second ODI between hosts South Africa and Australia will give viewers a chance to earn exciting cash prizes by playing the fantasy cricket game. Howzat, the top fantasy cricket app for fantasy sports, allows users to join fantasy cricket leagues, where they can win huge cash. If you love cricket, read our prediction of the match today here and learn fantasy cricket tips, which will help you make money while enjoying your favourite game.
South Africa vs Australia match prediction
Preview: The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Australia after a fine 74-run win in the first game. Wicket-keeper H Klaasen was the star, as he scored an important knock of 123* to help the hosts reach a total of 291 for 7. He was also helped by D Miller and K Verreynne, who made 64 and 48, respectively. L Ngidi picked up 3 wickets for 30 runs and ran through the Australian top order as they were dismissed for 217.
Toss: The teams that have batted second have won 14 times while the defending sides have won 13 times on the ground. As such, the toss does not hold a great significance here. However, the captains will be eager to bowl first.
Weather and pitch conditions: A good batting track, like all the wickets in South Africa, the Mangaung Oval might see a good game of cricket. A score of around 300 will be competitive. There is no prediction of rain during the match.
South Africa: Team News and Probable Playing 11
Probable playing 11: D Miller, Q de Kock (c & wk), T Bavuma, A Phehlukwayo, L Ngidi, K Maharaj, T Shamsi, H Klaasen, K Verreynne, A Nortje, Janneman M
Key players: K Verreynne is a rising prodigy in South African cricket. He has hit more than 500 runs in consecutive List A seasons and got selected in the national side as a result of his domestic form. He helped the team with a fine 48 last time and will be key again. H Klaasen held the fort well after the fall of early wickets and hit a blazing hundred in the first ODI. His last five scores across all matches are 22, 66, 54, 27 and 40. D Miller is the second-highest run-scorer in contests between Australia and South Africa (among current cricketers). He smashed 64 in the last game to show why he is considered so dangerous.
Australia: Team News and Probable Playing 11
Probable playing 11: A Finch (c), D Warner, S Smith, M Marsh, J Hazlewood, M Starc, P Cummins, A Zampa, A Carey (wk), M Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short
Key players: M Labuschagne hit a fighting 41 in the first ODI, which was his third ODI innings. He has performed really well in the recent past and will be expected to bat well in this match too. S Smith put up a solid knock of 76 after the top order was dismissed early. The former Aussie skipper has a batting average of more than 43 in the format and has a good record against the Proteas too, including six fifties against them. M Starc returned with the figures of 2 for 59 in the first ODI. He has plenty of experience playing in South Africa, which makes him a key player.
Suggested Howzat Dream Team
Wicket-keeper: Q de Kock (10 credits) failed to deliver in the first game, but he is a crucial player at the top. He has 673 runs against the Aussies thus far and has the ability to score runs at a good pace. He has hit 130 boundaries against the Kangaroos – the most by any batsman between the two sides.
Batsmen: We have picked four batsmen in our Howzat dream team. H Klaasen (8.5 credits) got the ball rolling with a fine hundred in the last game, while his teammate D Miller (9 credits) is a game changer in death overs, which is what was displayed in the last game. Two stalwarts from Australia, D Warner and S Smith, find place in our team. D Warmer (10.5 credits) and S Smith (10 credits) might be expensive, but their experience makes them reliable fantasy picks.
All-rounders: M Marsh (8 credits) and A Phehlukwayo (9 credits) have the ability to influence the game with both the bat and the ball. The South African has been an excellent performer for the team, with his 67 wickets and 563 runs in 53 ODIs.
Bowlers: L Ngidi (8.5 credits) was the most successful bowler on Saturday, picking up three wickets. He picked up 15 wickets in his last seven matches, across formats. T Shamsi (8.5 credits) picked up 2 wickets on Saturday, and can be an effective option. M Starc (9 credits) and J Hazlewood (8 credits) have pace and can run through any batting order on their day.
Captain and Vice Captain: Q de Kock and D Warner
NOTE: The suggested Howzat dream team is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual Playing 11 is announced by each team (15 to 30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.