South Africa v Australia 3rd One-day International, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, betting preview, tips
South Africa and Australia clash in the dead rubber third match of their One-Day International series in Potchefstroom on Saturday, March 7.
The Proteas sealed a surprise series victory with their impressive win at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, with another rookie in Janneman Malan stepping up with the bat, following Heinrich Klaasen’s heroics in Paarl.
Australia head into the final match seeking to salvage some pride and bookmakers have made them $1.50 favourites to end their tour on a high, against the $2.63 on offer for the South Africans.
While the South Africans again won as outsiders in Bloemfontein, the good news for our followers is that our tip of Adam Zampa to be the leading wicket-taker for Australia hit the mark. We were a little off with our tip for Quinton de Kock to score the most runs for the Protea but, hey, it would be no fun if we were always right, would it?
So to Potchefstroom for the final match, and Senwes Park is a ground at which Australian great Glenn McGrath once took 7-15 against Namibia from seven overs.
Australia and South Africa tied their only previous match at this ground in 2002, when Jimmy Maher was man of the match.
South Africa have played only eight ODIs at the ground for six wins, a tie and a no result. In general, Senwes Park is not a high-scoring ground, and it has favoured pacemen, so should suit Australia’s pace battery led by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
Rassie van der Dussen has been called into the squad to replace star batsman Temba Bavuma, who is battling to overcome a hamstring issue.
Read on for our South Africa v Australia tips and odds update for the third one-day international at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, on Saturday.
South Africa v Australia series schedule, results
Friday, Feb 21: South Africa v Australia, 1st T20I, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg: Australia 6-196 (20 overs; Steve Smith 45, Aaron Finch 42; Dale Steyne 2-31, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-31) d South Africa 89 (14.3 overs; Faf du Plessis 24; Ashton Agar 5-24) by 107 runs. Player of the match: Ashton Agar.
Sunday, Feb 23: South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 4-158 (20 overs; Quinton de Kock 70; Kane Richardson 2-21) d Australia 6-146 (20 overs; David Warner 67no; Lungi Ngidi 3-41) by 12 runs. Player of the match: Quinton de Kock.
Wednesday, Feb 26: South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20I, Newlands, Cape Town: Australia 5-193 (20 overs; David Warner 57, Aaron Finch 55) d South Africa 96 (15.3 overs; Rassie van der Dussen 24; Ashton Agar 3-16, Mitchell Starc 3-23) by 97 runs. Player of the match: Mitchell Starc.
Player of the series: Aaron Finch.
Saturday, Feb 29: South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Boland Park, Paarl: South Africa 7-291 (50 overs; Heinrich Klaasen 123no, David Miller 64; Pat Cummins 3-45, Mitchell Starc 2-59) d Australia 217 (45.1 overs; Steve Smith 76; Lungi Ngidi 3-30) by 74 runs. Player of the match: Heinrich Klaasen.
Wednesday, Mar 04: South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein: South Africa 4-274 (48.3 overs; Janneman Malan 129no; Adam Zampa 2-48) d Australia 271 (50 overs; Aaron Finch 69, D’arcy Short 69; Lungi Ngidi 6-58) by six wickets. Player of the match: Lungi Ngidi, Janneman Malan.
Saturday, Mar 07: South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, 10am (local time), 7pm AEDT
Squads for South Africa v Australia ODIs
South Africa squad
Quinton de Kock (captain, wk), Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, JJ Smuts, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreyenne, Rassie van der Dussen.
Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, D’arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
South Africa v Australia 3rd ODI odds
Head to head odds: South Africa $2.63, Australia $1.50
Man of the match odds:
$8 David Warner, Quinton de Kock
$9 Aaron Finch
$11 Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc
$13 Lungi Ngidi, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen
$15, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Jon-Jon Smuts
Top batsman South Africa odds:
$3 Quinton de Kock
$5 Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan
$6 Jon-Jon Smuts
$7 Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne, David Miller
Top batsman Australia odds:
$3.75 David Warner
$4 Aaron Finch
$4.50 Steve Smith
$7 Marnus Labuschagne
$9 Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, D’arcy Short
$11 Alex Carey
Top bowler South Africa odds:
$3.25 Lungi Ngidi
$4.50 Anrich Nortje
$5 Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi
$5.50 Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Keshav Maharaj
Top bowler Australia odds:
$3.50 Mitchell Starc
$4 Pat Cummins
$4.50 Adam Zampa
$5 Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson
$6 Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh
For more odds check out Williamhill.com.
South Africa v Aus 3rd ODI betting tips
We have examined the previous matches at this ground and the recent clashes between South Africa and Australia to try to find a winning bet or two for our followers. For more info read our guide to betting on cricket.
Pat Cummins leading wicket-taker at $4
We suspect it’s Cummins’s turn to step up to the plate and prove a handful on a pitch that has often provided assistance to bowlers of his ilk in the past. He has bowled well without tremendous luck in this series and we are happy to be on the world’s No.1 Test bowler to make a few breakthroughs this time.
Steve Smith top run-scorer for Australia at $4.50
We will stick with the former captain. He was batting well last time before getting out in an uncharacteristic manner. He will want to finish this series in style and he is a high-quality player who can excel on difficult pitches on which others struggle. We are tempted to go again on Quinton de Kock, but Mitchell Starc seems to have his number in this series and he is extremely short in the betting.
South Africa v Australia predictions – 3rd ODI, March 7, 2020
We still can’t consider betting on Australia at such short odds, especially given what has happening in the opening two matches. South Africa’s lesser lights have risen to the occasion and made up for the fact Quinton de Kock has not fired. That is a great sign for them, so we will stick with our plan to bet on the player markets in this series. Good punting.
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