The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as South Africa prepare to take on Australia in the highly-awaited fourth One Day International (ODI) clash at Supersport Park in Centurion on Friday. With the series finely poised, the Proteas are looking to build on their recent momentum, while Australia aim to clinch the series with a win.
After facing defeat in the first two ODIs, the South African team roared back to life in the third ODI, securing a convincing 111-run victory over the Australians. This win breathed new life into their campaign and set the stage for a thrilling fourth ODI. South Africa will treat this encounter as a do-or-die match, as they must win to stay alive in the series.
On the opposite side, Australia have been in dominant form and will be keen on securing a victory in the fourth ODI to claim the series. They have shown their prowess in both batting and bowling, making them a formidable opponent for the Proteas.
ODI Stats and Records at SuperSport Park:
Total matches: 64
Matches won batting first: 25
Matches won bowling first: 35
Average first Innings score: 244
Average second Innings score: 206
Highest total: 392/6 (50 Ov) by South Africa
Lowest total: 117/10 (46 Ov) by India
Highest score chased: 319/3 (46.2 Ov) by South Africa
Lowest score defended: 198/10 (44.3 Ov) by AFRICA XI
Supersport Park Pitch Report:
Supersport Park is a well-rounded venue for ODIs, where both batters and bowlers have opportunities to shine. Teams batting first at this venue have secured victory in 25 out of 64 ODI matches. Though, teams bowling first have a slightly better record at Supersport Park, winning 35 games. Despite all this, captains winning the toss should strongly consider batting first, as the pitch tends to slow down and become more challenging for batting as the game progresses.
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Centurion Weather Forecast:
The weather forecast for Centurion on match day is promising, with no chances of rain expected. The temperature is projected to be around 29 degrees Celsius, providing ideal conditions for cricket. The humidity level is anticipated to be at approximately 24%, with a gentle breeze of 23 km/hr, which could add some excitement to the game.
SA vs AUS, Probable Playing XIs:
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Josh Hazlewood
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