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Western Australia vs South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Today Match Prediction

W.A.C.A Ground, Perth, Australia

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Unbeaten Western Australia look to continue their dominance at home

  • Western Australia have both of their home games so far
  • With 1 loss and two drawn matches, South Australia look for their first win of the season
  • The top-order of Western Australia hasn’t been in form at home while the bowlers have dominated consistently

Our prediction is for Western Australia to win the match

Tournament: Sheffield Shield | Format: T20 | Venue: W.A.C.A Ground, Perth, Australia | Toss: To Bowl

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Though it is still very early in the season, Western Australia, the table toppers, have a chance at cementing their position in the points table. 

The hosts have won both of their matches at this venue. Though their batting collapsed in the last game, the consistency of Jhye Richardson and Lance Morris meant they stayed unbeaten at home. 

South Australia will be eager to find their first win of the season. They had a disastrous season last year with just 1 win from 8 matches finishing at the bottom of the points table. 

The last time South Australia played a Sheffield Shield match at this venue, Western Australia came out on top with a 4-wicket win. The current in-form bowlers in Western Australia were the most impactful players in their win over South Australia last season.

However, this time around, South Australia’s batting looks in a much better shape and shows promise. It will be a close contest with bowlers on both teams being the most consistent performers.

Western Australia Preview

The table toppers and finalists of the last season have started their 2022-23 Sheffield Shield campaign with 2 wins from 3 matches. 

The skipper would be hoping for a quick turnaround in the batting department including his own form. Sam Whiteman scored 82 runs in the 1st innings of their game against Victoria which ended in a draw. 

However, other than the inning, Whiteman hasn’t made any significant impact as an opener. He has a total of 3 ducks so far including a pair in the last match. 

While there is still Cameron Bancroft in the top order it looks a lot different from the last seasons where Shaun Marsh and Cameron Green were also part of the top 4. 

Sam Fanning, Teague Wyllie, and Corey Rocchiccioli have appeared in the middle order this year. 

And while their returns haven’t been consistent or significant at 3 and 4, Wyllie’s hundred against New South Wales at number 5 was a match-winning knock in the season opener. The key batters in the WA lineup to watch out for are Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Josh Philippe, and Aaron Hardie. 

Most of the batting strength of Western Australia lies in the lower middle order this season. While consistency in the batting lineup is an issue the home team has to deal with, the bowlers have been exceptional. Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, and Joe Paris are all in good form and will be a force to reckon with for the visitors.

Western Australia Predicted Playing XI:

Sam Whiteman (c), Cameron Bancroft, Teague Wyllie, Hilton Cartwright, Sam Fanning, Josh Philippe (wk), Aaron Hardie, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Lance Morris

South Australia Preview

It is a well-balanced South Australia squad with reliable players in every department. Travis Head should be expecting a turnaround in this game as they come to W.A.C.A to avenge their defeat of last season.

Almost everyone in the SA batting lineup has contributed at some stage this season. However, they’ve failed to put in a consolidated effort to make a big impact in the game. Jake Weatherald has scored a couple of fifties so far while his opening partner hasn’t managed to score anything significant since his 97-runs knock against Victoria.

The middle order is where the strength of South Australia’s batting lineup is. Travis Head, Jake Lehmann, and Alex Carey are the key batters to watch out for. 

These three can make a difference and either propel the side to a winning total or save them from the face of defeat. The bowlers in the side also have batting abilities and that adds great depth to South Australia’s batting lineup.

Wes Agar, Ben Manenti, Brendan Doggett, and Jordan Buckingham are all capable of putting up a crucial partnership lower down the order.

Wes Agar and Buckingham are also the key bowlers to watch out for in the SA bowling attack. These two have been consistent and will be expected to deliver timely breakthroughs.

South Australia Predicted Playing XI:

Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Drew, Travis Head (c), Jake Lehmann, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Ben Manenti, Wes Agar, Brendan Doggett, Jordan Buckingham

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
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6.68 k/h
From: SSE
13%
03h
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7.52 k/h
From: SSW
41%
06h
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8.21 k/h
From: SSW
46%
09h
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7.74 k/h
From: SSW
37%
12h
16
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6.93 k/h
From: S
27%
15h
13
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4.82 k/h
From: SSE
5%
18h
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3.62 k/h
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2%
21h
10
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2.4 k/h
From: SSE
0%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at W.A.C.A in Perth offers pace and bounce and will help the fast bowlers on both teams. The pacers will be a force to reckon with on this ground and make it challenging to score big. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 19 degrees Celsius.

Venue Details

It is one of the iconic venues which has witnessed many exciting matches over the years. The average 1st innings and 2nd innings score at this venue in Tests are 328 and 323 runs. Whereas at 291 runs, the average 3rd innings total isn’t far behind either.

Toss: To Bowl

The team batting second won both games at this venue this season. Historically, there hasn’t been much of a difference in the results for teams batting first or second. Neither of these two teams has an in-form batting lineup that can put up a strong 1st innings score.

Both teams are struggling to find consistency in the batting department. The hosts have been on top of their bowling game with Lance Morris consistently delivering impactful spells. South Australia also have some impressive quick bowlers and if they can take advantage of the vulnerabilities in the WA middle-order, Travis Head and co. will be looking at their first win of the season. However, with home advantage, and an in-form bowling attack, Western Australia would still be favourites in our match prediction. 

Our prediction is for Western Australia to win the match

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Author: Vijay G.