Australia will face South Africa for the final time in the of tri-nation series at Barbados today. Both the sides have played the same game so far with two wins and two losses respectively. Both team have won one game each in their previous two meetings in the series. In the first encounter, South Africa’s bowling attack stopped Australia batting to score the winning runs and won the match by 47 runs. But, Australia came back strongly in the next game and defeated South Africa by 36 runs thanks to a century from David Warner. This game is a must won for either side, the side won the match will confirm a place in the final.
South Africa has registered a magnificent victory over West Indies after posting 343 runs for the loss of four wickets at Warner Park. HashimAmla scored another century andwhile defending the big total leggie Imran Tahir who ended with astounding figures of 7 for 45. After this fixture, Tahir became the first South African to take seven wickets in an ODI innings. After five days off, Australia, they come into this fixture. Their last game will disappoint them as despite posting a decent total of 265 for 7 against West Indies in St. Kitts, they were beaten comfortably. West Indies batsman dominated the Aussies bowler in the absence of Mitchell Starc as the other fast bowlers.
World champions Australia will be disappointed with the way they have performed in the series, they haven’t been at their usual best. The absence of big hitter Warner is a huge blow, but they still have a good unit. Smith is well supported by Khawaja and Finch. They also have Starc who is most feared bowler and will be supported by Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa has been likened to a certain Shane Warne. On the other hand South Africa have arguably the greatest Top Four in world cricket. Hashim Amla is the best player at this time so we can have a great watch for classical betting, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and skipper de Villiers who can score big.The team have also depth in their bowling as they have Imran Tahir and the ability of young KagisoRabada.
Tri-nation series: A win for anyone will confirm a place in the final
Mitchell Starc’s return will back Australian bowling attack. But another problem arose during last match against West Indies, the captain Steven Smith tweaked his quadriceps but Australians are confident that he will be available for Sunday’s game.
Pitch and conditions
There was some grass evident on the Kensington Oval pitch is expected to be a good batting surface. The batsman will also need to hit hard to the get the as the ground is big.
This will be the first ODI to held on this ground for more than five years. The last match was played on May 2, 2011, when West Indies beat Pakistan in a rain-affected game.
Stats and trivia
No team in this tournament havewon two matches in a row.
Mitchell Starc needs five wickets to reach 100 wickets in ODIs. He will be the quickest man in history to the milestone if he does so in his next four games.
Australia (From): Steven Smith(c), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh,G Maxwell, M Wade(W), T Head, J Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc
South Africa (From): AB de Villiers(c), Quinton de Kock(w), H. Amla, Faf du Plessis, J P Duminy, Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, M Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Abbott