South Africa is all set to take on Australia in the fifth ODI of the five-match series at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (September 17). It is worth mentioning that the leg currently stands levelled (2-2), and this match will serve as a series decider.

The fourth and previous ODI between the two sides saw Proteas Men registering a comprehensive 164-run victory over Australia. Heinrich Klaasen was the star performer for the home side and hammered a sensational match-winning ton. Klaasen smashed a storming 174 runs off 83 deliveries to keep his team alive in the leg. On the other hand, Alex Carey (99) fought valiantly for the Aussie side but couldn’t sail his team through in the run chase.

Both South Africa and Australia will be determined to pull off a win in the contest with the series levelled (2-2).

ODI Stats and Records at the Wanderers Stadium:

  • Total matches: 50
  • Matches won batting first: 20
  • Matches won bowling first: 28
  • Average 1st Inns scores: 238
  • Average 2nd Inns scores: 205
  • Highest total recorded: 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by South Africa vs Australia
  • Lowest total recorded: 109/10 (32.3 Ov) by Pakistan vs South Africa
  • Highest score chased: 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by South Africa vs Australia
  • Lowest score defended: 149/10 (45 Ov) by South Africa vs England

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The Wanderers Stadium Pitch Report:

The Wanderers Stadium Pitch (Image Source: Twitter)

The pitch at this venue provides an equitable advantage to both batters and fast bowlers. Thanks to its lively surface, the ball behaves favourably for batters, offering good bounce and making it conducive for exciting strokeplay. Simultaneously, the same surface can prove advantageous for speedy seamers, who can exploit the conditions effectively.

As the game unfolds, the pitch at this particular ground tends to dry out, making it easier for the team batting second to chase down runs comfortably. With a track record of 28 matches being won by teams opting to bowl first at this stadium, it’s highly likely that the toss-winning team would opt to field first in the upcoming contest. Overall, a thrilling and highly competitive match is anticipated to take place at the Wanderers Stadium.

Johannesburg Weather Forecast

Johannesburg Weather Forecast
Johannesburg Weather Forecast (Image Source: Twitter)

The weather at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will be bright and sunny, with no chance of rain and the match is anticipated to take place without any interruptions from rain gods. The temperature is expected to hover around 21 degrees Celsius with humidity levels to be around 16% and the wind blowing at a speed of 8 Km/hr.

SA vs AUS, Probable XIs:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Michael Neser, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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