Exciting Cricket Showdown: Aussies vs. Proteas High-Scorer!

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Exciting Cricket Showdown: Aussies vs. Proteas High-Scorer!

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In the ongoing World Cup, South Africa, once considered outsiders, has made a remarkable entrance by securing a convincing victory over Sri Lanka in their opening match. This early success has pundits and fans alike considering the Proteas as serious contenders for a deep run in the tournament, a feat seldom achieved in recent editions of this prestigious event.

Despite eight previous attempts, South Africa has never reached the final in this competition, often stumbling in crucial matches they were expected to win. Now, they find themselves relishing a moment away from the spotlight as they prepare to face five-time champions Australia. This anticipated clash in Lucknow, scheduled for 2:30pm Bangladesh time, will mark Australia’s second match, following their initial loss to India in Chennai. With Australia facing a challenging situation and South Africa brimming with confidence, the Lucknow showdown promises to deliver the exciting cricket spectacles that both teams have provided in past World Cups and bilateral series over the years.

Australia, having been bowled out for 199 by India on a turning Chepauk wicket, has received a boost with the return of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis from a hamstring injury. Captain Pat Cummins expects a high-scoring match in Lucknow, noting the favorable condition of the wicket. However, Australia will continue to miss opener Travis Head, who is recovering from a hand injury.

The five-time champions must be cautious of South Africa, who set a formidable record by scoring 428-5 in their opening win against Sri Lanka. Three of their top-order batsmen, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram, all recorded centuries in that match, with Markram achieving the fastest century in World Cup history. Despite conceding over 300 runs in their bowling performance, it is unlikely that South Africa will make any changes to their playing XI.

Recent history favors South Africa in a high-scoring series between the two teams, which the Proteas won 3-2 after being down 0-2. They also lead the head-to-head record with 54 wins against Australia’s 50.

In the statistics:

Overall ODI head-to-head gives South Africa the edge with 54 wins against Australia’s 50 in 108 meetings. Three contests have ended in a tie, while one encounter saw no result.

In World Cups, however, the five-time champions lead with three wins in six fixtures. South Africa won two while one contest was tied.

Australia’s David Warner has scored the most runs amongst active players in their contests, with 1213 runs in 28 matches, averaging 43.32. Warner also holds the record for the highest individual score in the World Cup, with his 122 in the 2019 edition.

Despite explosive openers, South Africa’s middle-order has scored runs at the highest rate (6.4) over the last four years in ODIs, with an average of 44.6, the best in that time. In comparison, Australia averaged 29.9 at a run-rate of 5.40 over the same period.

In the bowling department, South Africa’s Powerplay average is 43 with an economy rate of 6.6, the worst among the two teams, while Australia’s bowlers average 40.7 but have an economy rate of 5.4 in the first 10 overs of the innings.

Reference

https://www.thedailystar.net/sports/sports-special/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/news/another-high-scorer-aussies-meet-proteas-3440771

https://www.bettingnews.com/articles/miscellaneous-sports/cricket-world-cup-2023-australia-vs-south-africa-prediction-odds-picks/

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