South Africa overcame a poor start with the bat to stun Australia for a 74-run win in the first ODI. Another win will give them the series and it will be their aim for the second ODI. This will take place at Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
Regardless of the losing margin in Paarl, it was a close contest for most of Australia’s chase. South Africa will be wary of their record of losing the second match of a series in their four series before this one. Another flat pitch is likely to welcome the sides, so stack up your team with batsmen!
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Quinton de Kock bagged a rare failure with the bat, but still remains South Africa’s best bet. Heinrich Klaasen played a wonderful knock and can demand a look. Temba Bavuma and David Miller are two more names that can take their place in your fantasy side.
Among the bowlers, Lungi Ngidi continues to be South Africa’s best pick. Keshav Maharaj did a very good holding job in the first match and can be given the same task. If you are looking for some all-round potential, Andile Phelukwayo could be your surprise pick.
The visitors will look for more contributions from their star top-order. David Warner and Aaron Finch didn’t really contribute, although Steve Smith was in his elements. With the ever-consistent Marnus Labuschagne promising runs, Australia have a good palette of choices.
It is with the ball, though, that their choices are many. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa present three of the finest ODI bowling choices. Having them in your fantasy XI is a big boost, just like that of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Heinrich Klaasen has shown that his good run of form is carried to the ODIs. He is capable of repeating his classy 100 from the first ODI.
Steve Smith has a thirst for runs that spans across formats and continents. His consistency makes him an excellent pick for your team.
Mitchell Marsh can be your dark horse pick with his ability to contribute with both bat and ball. He is yet to make a mark, but if he does, it will be a bounty for your side.
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (C & WK) 2 Janneman Malan 3 Temba Bavuma 4 Kyle Verreyne 5 Heinrich Klaasen 6 David Miller 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Keshav Maharaj 9 Anrich Nortje 10 Tabraiz Shamsi 11 Lungi Ngidi
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Marnus Labuschagne 5 Mitchell Marsh 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Ashton Agar 8 Josh Hazlewood 9 Pat Cummins 10 Mitchell Starc 11 Adam Zampa
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