Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis
Can Australia clinch the top spot in the table?
Our Prediction is Australia to win!
Australia will be looking to clinch top spot in the points table when they take on South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester on Saturday.
World Champion Australia has played excellent cricket so far in this year’s competition and will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this final fixture. Captain Aaron Finch will be hoping that the side can certainly deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball to finish at the top of the pile in the points table of the World Cup.
On the other hand, South Africa will be looking to end their disappointing World Cup campaign on a good note. Captain Faf du Plessis will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat in order to compete with Australia.
Aaron Finch-led unit has done exceedingly well in this World Cup and managed to secure seven wins out of eight games played so far in the competition. The side will be looking to continue winning momentum when they take on South Africa at Manchester.
In the batting department, the side is heavily reliant on the in-form opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner to score the bulk of the runs. David Warner is currently Australia’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 516 runs in 8 matches at an average of 73.71. His opening partner, Aaron Finch has not been far behind and accumulated 504 runs at an average of 63.00. Australia will be hoping that the pair get can the side off to a flying start against South Africa.
Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, and wicket-keeper Alex Carey have shown decent form with the bat for Australia and chipped in with crucial contributions in this ongoing World Cup. Khuwaja was the standout performer with the bat and scored 88 off 129 balls with the help of five boundaries. On the other hand, Carey also has looked in excellent touch with the bat and scored a fluent 71 off 72 balls with the help of 11 fours.
In the bowling department, left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been outstanding with the new-ball for Australia. He has taken 24 wickets in 8 matches at 15.54. Jason Behrendroff has been exceptional with the new-ball and has claimed 8 wickets in 3 matches played. Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, and Marcus Stoinis are other premier bowling options for the side for this game.
Aaron Finch (captain), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey (wk), Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc
Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner
Unlike the previous editions of the Cricket World Cup, South Africa have probably endured their worst campaign ever and managed to secure only two wins out of eight games played in the tournament.
For South Africa, the batting has been their main weakness in this competition. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and Hashim Amla will need to deliver runs with the bat in this final against Australia. The opening pair of Amla and de Kock has not been consistent with the bat in this World Cup.
Amla showed excellent form with the bat and scored unbeaten 80 off 105 balls with the help of five boundaries. He will be looking to put in a notable score in his last World Cup game for South Africa. Captain Faf du Plessis also came to the party with the bat and scored unbeaten 96 runs off 103 balls with the help of ten fours and a six.
Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, and JP Duminy will need to put in crucial scores for the side in this final game. Rassie van der Dussen has done exceedingly well in his first World Cup and scored 216 runs in 5 matches at an average of 54.00. He will be looking to put in a notable score with the bat against Australia.
On the bowling front, pace bowler Chris Morris has been a consistent performer for South Africa in this World Cup, whereas medium-pacer Dwaine Pretorius put in an excellent performance in the previous game. He picked three wickets and conceded only 25 runs from his ten overs. The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo also put in decent performances for South Africa in the previous game played at Chester-le-Street.
Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram/David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada
|F du Plessis||96||103||10||1||93.2|
|Q de Kock||15||16||3||0||93.75|
Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The spinners will get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be cloudy skies with a gentle breeze.
Emirates Old Trafford is going to host its fifth World Cup game between Australia and South Africa. Australia has an excellent head-to-head record against South Africa in World Cup competition. World Champions were last beaten by South Africa in 1992 World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.
Both the teams would be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. The slow bowlers will come into the contest in the second half of the innings.
Based on current form, World Champions Australia will be outright favorites to win their game against South Africa. The side will be looking to finish at the top of the league table and maintain their winning streak in the competition.
Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Mitchell Starc have shown excellent form so far in this World Cup and will be looking to produce something special in this game.
Expect Australia to register a comprehensive win over South Africa.