Preparations Well Under Way at Kingsmead to Host Decisive ODI between South Africa & Australia

October 05 15:09 2016

davidNew Delhi, Wednesday, October 5 – Expectations are up from South Africa’s playing XI on their soil after back to back wins in the 1st and 2nd ODIs against the top side Australia. People are keenly waiting to watch how the match starts today at Kingsmead in Durban and who makes best use of the wicket.

The talented South African skipper Faf du Plessis is supposed to remain faithful to a six-bowler strategy against Australia that actually worked for the hosts earlier. This is, of course, a big decision in several regards. A few Proteas cricketers play their role as part-time bowler. The bowling skills are needed to be sharp. If deliveries miss the edge then difficulty could be huge. However, as compared to Australia, they are yet on a safe side with two wins in pocket.

Australia would definitely require scoring high for the reason that South Africa have the potential to strike hard and put a total that might not be an easy target to chase; something similar to second ODI at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on October 2 where a mammoth total of 361 was put on the board for the loss of six wickets. Captain’s innings of 111 runs, along with Duminy’s 82 and Rossouw’s 75, set the base for Proteas’ victory. Australia’s innings finished at 219 runs, making them face another defeat in a row. Losing the 2nd ODI at the hands of South Africa has put visitors in the troublesome situation.

They failed to defend 294 runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which hosted the opening ODI. Quinton de Kock’s blitz of 178 runs in just 113 balls, with the help of 16 boundaries and 11 sixes, made South Africa chase the target in 36.2 overs with six wickets remaining. Innings of de Kock was something what people don’t get to see every day. He proved that if talent is capitalized in a way near to perfect, contest can be made one sided. The match between South Africa and Australia on Wednesday will catch the eyes for sure as it being a do or die for the latter party.

Job on the shoulders of Steven Smith, George Bailey, David Warner, Scott Boland, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, James Faulkner, Shaun Marsh and John Hastings is to increase. Another defeat means no chance of winning the series. It is going to be a tad difficult for the Aussies to hold the nerve and use the aggression in a right way as Proteas outperformed them in the first two encounters.

But instead of being over confident, the hosts know it very well that the dynamic players in the opposite side may show constructive transitions and replicate the same in their performance at any point of time. Faf du Plessis will eye good performances again from his teammates. Backing budding cricketers could help him get what a team is supposed to do. Whoever among Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn given the chance to be in the Playing XI would be keen to do their bit.

Viewers are keen to see potential of Australia players. All arrangements in Durban ground have almost been done. These are to be first-class as hosting crucial contest between Aussies and Proteas are to in a short while. A spellbinding show is definitely expected from Australia, who are likely to pull off for sure, giving the rivals a taste of their own medicine. South Africa are, of course, familiar with pitch conditions of the place and may use it to the fullest when they match begins after a few minutes. Winning the toss is going to be crucial as one of the captains will need to make a decision either to bat or field first post observing the pitch conditions. Top, middle and lower batting orders have got to perform to take away the stress from their team.

If truth be told then heaviness on the heads of Australia will be more as they were lately defeated by South Africa despite being one of the tough sides. However, eyes can’t be closed to the truth that Proteas are eying to claim series today only with two matches yet to go. With no win there in a short span of time against du Plessis-led side, Australians are under stress and keen to bounce back with a bang.  Smith being a kind of player who can hold the fort in difficult situations, Aussies may do what’s expected from them. Eyes are certainly stuck on how he manages his boys to do extremely well in the neighboring country when the matter is about winning at present. His teammates are also eager to put forward the kind of show what makes them a bigger threat for the rivals in all formats.

Changes in strategies can undoubtedly change the game. Individual performances, coupled with great efforts as a team, would be required today by Australians keep their hopes alive in the tournament. A defeat here will make remaining matches, which are to be played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and Newlands in Cape Town, a formality. Australian player looks forward to a longer haul while batting at desired spot since the objective of cricketers is to contribute as much as they can being part of the team. With just few hours left for the competition to begin, it will be surely a major point to watch which group makes best use of experience gained earlier or during recently played matches and who all make mistakes, which cost them the game.