2nd ODI: South Africa aim to extend misery for winless Australia
Will South Africa hand Australia their 8th straight ODI defeat? (Getty Image)

South Africa drew first blood with a six-wicket win over Australia in Perth on Sunday, and now have a shot at wrapping up the series when the teams meet at Adelaide Oval on Thursday in the second ODI. Faf du Plessis’ tourists chased down 153 with 124 balls to spare, which was Australia’s 17th loss in their last 19 ODIs, and the first time any Australian team has lost seven ODIs on the trot.

The bowlers set the stage for victory with a superb display on a pace Perth Stadium surface, headlined by excellent work from each of the four fast bowlers picked. Conditions will be different at Adelaide Oval, but South Africa have the variety in bowling to inflict another loss on the hosts.

Australia’s batting has been the weakest area, and a matter of concern heading into a big home summer. They failed to win a match against Pakistan in the UAE, losing the two-match Test series 0-1 after crumbling to a 373-run loss in the second match when they lost 7/75 in the first innings and 4/7 in the second. Then came a 0-3 loss in the T20Is, each time restricting Pakistan to gettable totals but failing to overcome each time on account of losing wickets in clusters. In the first T20I, Australia were rolled over for 89 in pursuit of a target of 156. In the second, chasing 148, they fell 11 runs short. In the third, chasing 151, Australia were bowled out for 117.

On Sunday in Perth, the hosts were reduced to 8/3 and then 66/6. A record-low score was averted by Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Alex Carey (28) but making 152 in 38.1 overs was never enough to prevent South Africa taking a 1-0 lead. Australia cannot afford another sloppy display.

Date: November 6

Venue: Adelaide Oval

Time: 08:50 IST

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 22 degrees

Team News

Australia

Shaun Marsh’s return should bolster the side considering he scored two centuries against England earlier this year. D’Arcy Short appears likely to be dropped if Marsh plays.

Probable XI: 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Travis Head, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Chris Lynn, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood

South Africa

The bowlers did wonderfully on a pacy Perth track, but the slower nature of the Adelaide Oval surface could temp South Africa to play a second spinner in Tabraiz Shamsi.

Probable XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo/Tabraiz Shamsi, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Imran Tahir

Statistics

- Australia’s last ODI series win was against Pakistan in 2016-17, after which the selectors have picked 31 different players.

- Du Plessis holds an enviable record at Adelaide Oval, with an average of 159 courtesy scores of 78 and 110* on Test debut in 2012 and 118* and 12 during South Africa’s last tour in 2016.

Quotes

“You’d say that guys are probably at times doubting themselves. When guys are not performing as well as they can do, there’s always going to be a bit of doubt.” – Finch

“Brilliant to have Dale back. It’s good to have that x-factor in your bowling attack.” – du Plessis