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World Cup 2019, Match45- AUS Vs SA, Preview: Australia Aim Finish At Top, Proteas Battle For Pride

“Australia is currently on top of the points table with 14 points from eight matches.”

In the final match of the league stages of the ICC World Cup 2019, defending champions Australia will be locking horns with South Africa at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on July 6, Saturday. Both the teams would be approaching this game with pretty different intentions. Australia will be aiming to gain momentum before the semi-finals and would want to finish on the top spot of the points table. On the other hand, South Africa will be hoping to finish their campaign on a positive note.

Australia is currently on top of the points table with 14 points from eight matches. Going into their last league match of the 2019 World Cup, the Aussies have the chance of finishing at the helm of the ladder. Aaron Finch and Co. have a Net Run Rate of +1.000, which shows the domination the team has had.

In the previous game, Australia thumped New Zealand by 86 runs and must be high on confidence. The Proteas, on the other hand, got eliminated after their defeat at the hands of Pakistan at Lord’s. Faf du Plessis’ men salvaged some pride, beating Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Chester-le-Street. Though it won’t hold any importance, South Africa would wish to bow out on a high, beating the table toppers.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Australia

South Africa

Tied

Overall (96)

47

45

3

In World Cup (5)

3

1

1

 

Australia’s likely Playing XI

Australia might choose to rest Glenn Maxwell, who was smacked in the forearm in the nets session. If he doesn’t play then Peter Handscomb is likely to replace him. Maxwell has been cleared off any serious injury though. Shaun Marsh has also been ruled out after getting hit on the wrist by Pat Cummins. David Warner and Aaron Finch have been outstanding with 516 and 504 runs respectively.

Usman Khawaja has gotten a couple of 80s in the last three matches and is in good form. Marcus Stoinis hasn’t had much to do with the bat, but he has contributed with the ball with seven wickets. Steve Smith and Alex Carey have done their job pretty efficiently as well. In the bowling unit, Mitchell Starc has been the standout with 24 wickets. Cummins has lent him good support with 12 wickets.

Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell/Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

South Africa defeated the Lankans and may not wish to change their combination. Quinton de Kock started the tournament well but lost momentum gradually. Hashim Amla notched an unbeaten 80 the last time. Unfortunately, he wasn’t at his best when the Proteas needed his services badly. Faf du Plessis scored 287 runs at 57.40, but even he has had his difficulties during the World Cup.

Rassie van der Dussen has batted only five times and he has scored 216 runs at 54. JP Duminy got 45 in the first game and then his campaign fell apart. Phehlukwayo has done well with 129 runs and nine wickets. Chris Morris is their leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets. Kagiso Rabada has blown hot and cold, though he got two wickets in the last game. Imran Tahir has been more than effective.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

Match Timings- 6:00 pm IST and 1:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.