Sat, Oct 1, 12:32pm by Senior Writer
Date and Time: Saturday, October 2, 7:00 pm AEST
Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TV: Fox Sports
In one innings, Quinton De Kock has done much to dispel South African dismay about the loss of their skipper AB de Villiers for an extended period and set the tone for the battles between the Proteas and Australia over the coming months.
The five-match ODI series is an entrée to the Test series to come in Australia at the start of our summer, and South Africa could not have started it better, thrashing the Aussies by six wickets, with over 13 overs to spare at Centurion.
De Kock’s innings was simply awesome. He brought up his ton off just 74 balls, his 150 on 101 and ended on 178, departing in the 34th over. He hit 16 fours and 11 sixes, including three straight sixes off Adam Zampa, who went for 44 off five overs. Scott Boland took three wickets, but was Australia’s most expensive bowler, with 67 runs taken off seven overs. Boland was $6 to be Australia’s leading wicket taker.
Earlier, George Bailey (74) and John Hastings (51) were the only Aussies to pass 50, with Steve Smith admitting post-match that the Aussies needed to post around 370 on the flat pitch, rather than 9-294. A constant flow of wickets disrupted their rhythm, with Andile Phehlukwayo taking 4-44. He was $6.50 to be leading South African wicket taker on a nday where they were plenty of surprising performances.
The Proteas are $1.81 to win the second match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday night AEST.
We can expect a similarly high scoring contest. South Africa have made more than 340 in three of their past four ODIs at this ground, including 2-439 in 50 overs two years ago against the West Indies. Australia and South Africa played a record breaking match at this venue in 2006, where Australia made 4-434 and South Africa chased it down with a ball to spare.
The Aussies go into this match as $2 outsiders, and desperately need a win to get things back on their terms. However, South Africa have won their past four matches at this venue and we feel they may pack too much local knowledge yet again.
Best Bet: South Africa to win at $1.81
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