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South Australia’s challenge to end losing spree
Tasmania to win!
Tournament: Australia Domestic One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: Junction Oval, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
South Australia is struggling at the moment as they head into the 7th game of the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 where they take on Tasmania. South Australia went down to New South Wales in the last game, their second consecutive loss of the season and they need to bounce back in this game. Tasmania comes here with an impressive win over Victoria which will add to their confidence.
In the last five games played between the two sides Tasmania has won four of them and this is something that is likely to play on the minds of South Australians as they are already low on confidence. It remains to be seen if they are able to make a strong comeback in this game and keep their hopes alive for a berth in the finals.
Travis Head’s side would be under pressure playing their third game of the season. They have lost both the games so far and went down against the New South Wales by 6 wickets in the last game where their batsmen failed score on a good wicket. Travis Head would want his side to bounce back in this game and keep their hopes alive for the title.
Openers Harry Neilson and Jake Weatherald will need to provide the side with a good start here. Neilson has already scored a hundred in the tournament. Travis Head and Alex Carey are in good form and the side would need them to stitch together a good partnership. The side would need good show from Callum Ferguson and Tom Cooper down the order as their failure led to a batting collapse.
Their bowlers have been a big letdown in the two games so far and shall need to improve for the side to win this game. Spencer Johnson and Wes Agar will need to grab early wickets in this game. Peter Hatzogulu, Cameron Valente and Corey Kelly were expensive in the last game and the side would be expecting a good show from them here.
Travis Head (c), Harry Nielsen, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (wk), Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper, Corey Kelly, Cameron Valente, Spencer Johnson, Wes Agar, Peter Hatzoglou
Tim Paine would be pleased with the performance of his side in the last game. They registered a convincing 6-wicket win against Victoria where few had given them chance to win the game. Paine would want his side to carry this momentum into the next game and move up on the points table with a win here.
Paine and Caleb Jewell are getting their starts and they will need to convert them into big scores. The middle order is looking good with Jake Doran, Macalister Wright and Jordan Silk having stitched match winning stands in the previous game. They would hope to see big hitting down the order from Beau Webster and Tom Andrews in this game.
Sam Rainbird and Jackson Bird troubled the opponents with the new ball in the last game and similar efforts would be expected from them here. Peter Siddle showed his experience in the last game and he would be expected to lead from the front. With Webster and Tom Andrews bowling well the side would look to exploit the poor form of South Australia in this game.
Tim Paine (c & wk), Caleb Jewell, Jake Doran, Macalister Wright, Jordan Silk, Beau Webster, Tom Andrews, Nathan Ellis, Jackson Bird, Sam Rainbird, Peter Siddle
The skies over Melbourne would be slightly cloudy on March 12 and batting conditions are expected to be difficult here. Batsmen will have play with caution and aim at accumulating runs rather than hitting the ball hard. The side batting first would be happy to score 270 or more given the slowness of the wicket here.
Junction Oval, Melbourne tests batsmen’s patience and those who rotate the strike here have done well in the past. Fast bowlers get early assistance from the surface as the ball moves around in the air. Spinners have struggled in this ground in the past as the small dimensions of the boundary make it challenging for them.
In the last game played at this venue the wicket looked tough to bat on in the early stages of the game. There would be some movement off the surface early on and the side that wins the toss here would like to capitalize on that by inviting the opposition to bat first in this game.
South Australia is in deep trouble at the moment having lost both their games. Their batsmen and bowlers have failed to play complimentary roles so far in the tournament and this is one area they will need to fix in this game. Tasmania would be high on confidence after their win in the last game and they would look to carry forward the moment. The game is expected to be a close one but Tasmania would have slight edge.
Tasmania to win!
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