South Africa vs Australia Prediction: 1st ODI betting tips & odds

The South Africa vs Australia prediction is here. Following Australia’s 3-0 thrashing of South Africa in the shorter format, the two teams are set to compete in a five-match ODI series. The first One-Day international will take place at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Thursday, September 7. The bookmakers have Australia as favourites with the odds of 7/10 (1.70) whereas South Africa have greater odds of 1/1 (2.00).

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI
  • September 7, 2023 – 11 AM GMT
  • Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Mangaung Oval has been an excellent venue for batting in recent times. Seamers get early movement but pitches tend to get easier to bat on. The average first innings score from 33 ODIs played here reads 244. In the last three games, the team batting first has scored 271, 298 and 342.

The weather in Bloemfontein is likely to be sunny and pleasant on Thursday. Clouds and rain should stay away with the temperature hovering between 20-24 degree Celsius.

South Africa vs Australia Prediction

There’s not much to separate these two sides in fifty-over cricket in these conditions. Both have decent bowling attacks but Australia are battling some injury concerns. The visitors have a slightly weak batting line-up without Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. As for the recent record, the Proteas have won all of the last five games.

Our Prediction: South Africa to win this match at 1/1 (2.00).

Top Run-scorer

Temba Bavuma has scored 428 runs in his previous seven ODI matches at an average of 71 while striking at 113. Bet on him to be the top batter for South Africa at 4/1 (5.00). Mitchell Marsh has been in incredible form, smashing 186 runs in the T20 series. You can back him to be Australia’s top batter at 15/4 (4.75).

Our Prediction: Temba Bavuma to be South Africa’s top run-scorer at 4/1 (5.00).

Top Wicket-taker

Adam Zampa has an excellent record in ODI cricket with 132 wickets from 79 games at 31.4 strike rate. Bet on Zampa to be Australia’s best bowler at 11/4 (3.75). Anrich Nortje has 36 wickets from 20 ODI innings at a strike rate of 27.1. Back him to be the top bowler for South Africa at 11/4 (3.75).

Our Prediction: Adam Zampa to be Australia’s top wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).

Man of the Match

The last time South Africa played here, Temba Bavuma smashed 109 off 102 to help them chase down 343 against England. He has been in good form and you can take a punt on him to be the player of the match at 11/1 (12.00).

Our Prediction: Temba Bavuma to be the Man of the Match at 11/1 (12.00) odds.

South Africa vs Australia Preview

Australia will be hoping to work around injuries to some of their first choice players while South Africa field their strongest squad. Here’s a look at two teams ahead of the first ODI on Wednesday.

South Africa

The Proteas last played ODIs back in April when they needed to win both games against the Netherlands to secure their World Cup berth. They did that with dominant victories. This series doesn’t have high stakes as both teams look to prepare for the WC.

South Africa have their full-strength side available for the series and most of the players select themselves.


Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi


Australia’s previous ODI assignment was in March against India away from home. They lost the opening game but won the next two to clinch the series.

The visitors are without Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc due to injuries. Pat Cummins is also unlikely to feature in this series.

Squad: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), David Warner, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

How to Watch South Africa vs Australia ODIs in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

Those of you living in the UK can witness the live action of the ODI series between South Africa and Australia on BT Sports.

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