Australia will be looking to turn things around when they will face South Africa in the second ODI of the three-match series in Adelaide on Friday. The home side is desperate to turn things around after suffering six straight defeats in the 50-over format.
In the first game of the series, the home side never really showed up and it was the visitors who came on top with six-wicket margin in Perth. Therefore, on Friday in a do-or-die encounter, the team management will be hoping for a much better show, especially with the bat.
In the batting department, the team will be heavily relying on captain Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell to register a decent score and give something for the bowlers to defend. In the bowling department, the team will be relying on pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do the bulk of the damage. It will be interesting to see if the team management will opt to have in-form Nathan Coulter-Nile in the playing at the expense of one of the three fast bowlers.
South Africa lead three-match series 1-0
On the other hand, the visitors will be flying high after an impressive performance in the first game of the series, where they nearly did everything right. In the batting department, South Africa will be relying heavily on experienced duo of captain Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla to do the bulk of the scoring. They will have the support of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock as well.
In the bowling department, the onus will be once again on veteran pacer Dale Steyn and experienced leg-spinner Imran Tahir to do the bulk of the damage, just like they did in the first game of the series. The pitch is expected to be a good one for batting with decent carry to the wicketkeeper, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout.