As the league phase of the ICC World Cup 2019 is coming towards an end, defending champions Australia will be eying the top spot in the table as they play South Africa in one of the most awaited games which will take place at Old Trafford. Although the league table has a different opinion, both teams are equally matched in the resources with the players like Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada matching their counterparts in terms of talent.
While Australia has completely outplayed the oppositions with their aggressive approach, South Africa has once again failed to cope up with the pressure with no South African batsman went on to score a century in the tournament.
On Saturday, South Africa would be bidding adieu to a couple of veterans like Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, and JP Duminy as they seek to build towards the future and aiming for a defeat red-hot Australian side led by Aaron Finch. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
After a good win over Sri Lanka, the Proteas aren’t expected to make many changes with Dwaine Pretorius putting in a man of the match performance with the ball. While the duo of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have failed to justify their talents and lofty standards, Kagiso Rabada will remain their biggest weapon with the ball while the experience of Rassie van der Dussen and JP Duminy is sure expected to play a crucial role.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(WK), Faf du Plessis(C), Aiden Markram, Rassie Van derDussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada
Despite being the first team to qualify for the semi-finals, Australia will like to win this game. Glenn Maxwell’s participation for this game is highly unlikely which could see Peter Handscomb play this game. The rest of the side should remain the same with the top four of Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, David Warner, and Usman Khawaja in fine form. The balance in the side is provided by the all-round abilities of Marcus Stoinis, who has only shown glimpses so far of what he is capable of contributing on both fronts.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb/Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.
Fantasy XI Prediction
Quinton de Kock (c), Steven Smith (vc), David Warner, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, and Kagiso Rabada.