South Australia’s hunt for first win of the season
New South Wales to win
It is the 4th game in the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and South Australia would look to earn its first points for the season as they take on New South Wales. South Australia comes into this contest with a narrow loss against Western Australia in a high scoring game. New South Wales on the other hand started the season on a winning note defeating Victoria comfortably.
South Australia would be looking to retain their winning streak against New South Wales whom they have defeated in the last four games in this format. But this is a much stronger opponent they are playing against, and their bowlers are looking in poor shape. It remains to be seen if New South Wales is able to break this jinx in the next game and retain their spot at the top of the points table.
Travis Head would be terribly upset with the 13-run loss against Western Australia in the opening game of the season. They nearly chased down a huge total of 370 runs to win only to let the game slip from their hands with a middle order collapse. Head would look to put that behind and win the next game at home.
Batting looks rock solid at the top with Travis Head and Harry Neilson coming into this game with centuries in the previous game. Jake Weatherald will have to play his role opening the game well as he showed signs of struggle in the last game. Alex Carey and Callum Ferguson missed out the last game leading to the side’s loss and need to do well here. With Tom Cooper and Corey Kelly down the order the side looks in good shape.
They did poorly with the ball in the last game and this is something they will have to work on. Daniel Worrall and Cameron Valente must keep the run rate under control with the new ball. Wes Agar will have to use his experience in the middle overs and the side would also look for an improved show from Peter Hatzogulu, Kelly and Head in this game.
Travis Head (c), Jake Weatherald, Harry Nielsen, Alex Carey (wk), Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper, Cameron Valente, Corey Kelly, Daniel Worrall, Wes Agar, Peter Hatzoglou
Pat Cummins started with a bang in the tournament winning their first game against Victoria by 59 runs. The skipper would be looking for a similar show from his team here. He would be aware of South Australia’s batting strengths and want his bowlers to rise up to the challenge in this game.
Daniel Hughes and Matthew Gilkes had missed out in the opening game and the side would look for a better start from them here. In Steven Smith they have the perfect No. 3 and he would look to steer the innings alongside Moises Henriques and Kurtis Patterson. Oliver Davies, Sean Abbott and Pat Cummins are good hitters of the ball and shall look to do well here.
Ben Dwarshuis and Cummins bowled incredibly well in the last game and a similar show would be expected from them here. Nathan Lyon is a very experienced bowler and the side would look at him to keep the scoring rate under check. In Liam Hatcher, Smith and Sean Abbott the side has good bowling options.
Pat Cummins (c), Daniel Hughes, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson, Oliver Davies, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Liam Hatcher
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||1.52 k/h||From: ESE||10%|
|03h||22||0 mm.||3.11 k/h||From: SW||4%|
|06h||23||0 mm.||4.82 k/h||From: SW||1%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||4.81 k/h||From: SE||4%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||3.89 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||2.97 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: ESE||65%|
The skies over Adelaide would be clear and we hope to seas early assistance for the bowlers on this surface. The conditions would improve as the game progresses and batting would become easy. On this surface the side batting first would need to score 320 runs or more to consider itself in a good condition.
Adelaide Oval is a good venue One Day Cricket. The ball does a bit in the early stages of the game causing trouble for the batsmen. However, small boundaries around the square and fast outfield allow quick run scoring. It can be tough for the spinners at this venue considering the shorter boundaries.
The wicket here would offer assistance to the fast bowlers at the start of the game and ease out as the game progresses. Sides that have bowled here first have gone on to win most of the games. Thus we see the side winning the toss inviting the opposition to bat first on this surface.
South Australia had played poorly in the last game especially with their bowlers not being able to apply pressure on the opponents. This is something they will need to work on in this game. New South Wales have a very experienced bowling attack and this is likely to be the difference between the two sides making New South Wales favorites here.
New South Wales to win