Mitchell Johnson © AFP
Mitchell Johnson © AFP

Sept 2, 2014

Australia will take on South Africa for the last time in this triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. This is a crucial match for Australia as they have to win this match in order to stay alive in this tournament. If they win against South Africa on Tuesday, then they will secure a berth in the finals. If they don’t, then the host nation Zimbabwe will have the chance to knock them out of the tournament in their final game against South Africa. Catch the live scorecard of the match here

In their previous meeting against South Africa, the duo of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, both scored a century each to help their team chase down a mammoth target of 328 with overs to spare. They will once again be without the services of their captain Michael Clarke. His comeback  was short-lived as he walked out retired hurt in the 41st over of Australia’s innings after a gritty half-century in the fateful encounter against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Clarke had missed Australia’s opening two ODIs of the tournament due to a hamstring injury, and will miss the rest of the matches too. George Bailey will be leading the side in his absence. Steven Smith, who was replaced by Clarke, is expected to make a return along with Mitchell Johnson who was rested against Zimbabwe.