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Here’s our South Africa vs Australia prediction as the two rivals gear up for the series-deciding fifth ODI. The action moves to Johannesburg for the final match of Australia’s tour, with The Wanderers Stadium hosting the match on Sunday, September 17. Australia are slight favourites heading into the match at 4/5 (1.80) whereas South Africa have 9/10 (1.90) odds.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- South Africa vs Australia, 5th ODI
- September 17, 2023 – 8 AM GMT
- The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Pitch report and weather conditions
The Wanderers Stadium produces balanced pitches where both batters and bowlers have enjoyed success. The average first innings score reads 238 after 50 matches, with the team batting second winning 28. In two of the last three games here, South Africa have posted over 340 while batting first.
Expect bright and pleasant weather in Johannesburg on Sunday. There’s no threat of rain, with the temperature ranging between 20-27 degrees.
South Africa vs Australia prediction
South Africa have bounced back in a dominant style after losing the first two games. The Proteas batting unit has clicked in a huge way in the last two games. Australia, on the other hand, have a depleted side.
Our prediction: South Africa to win this match at 9/10 (1.90).
David Warner smashed 106 and 78 in two of the games in the series. Warner has a solid record in the format and you can bet on him to be Australia’s top batter at 11/4 (3.75). Rassie van der Dussen returned to form with 62 in the last game. He averages 57 in the format and you can back him to be South Africa’s top batter at 11/4 (3.75).
Our prediction: David Warner to be Australia’s top run-scorer at 11/4 (3.75).
Adam Zampa went for the most expensive ODI figures in the last game but has a proven track record. Back him to be Australia’s best bowler at 11/4 (3.75). Kagiso Rabada has bagged seven wickets in three games this series, including 3 for 41 in the previous game. Bet on him to be South Africa’s top bowler at 13/5 (3.60).
Our prediction: Adam Zampa to be Australia’s top wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Heinrich Klaasen demolished Australia in the fourth ODI with 174 off just 83 balls. He is in the form of his life and has the ability to change the game in a short time. Take a punt on him to be the player of the match at 14/1 (15.00).
Our prediction: Heinrich Klaasen to be the Man of the Match at 14/1 (15.00) odds.
South Africa vs Australia preview
The Proteas smashed Australia by 111 runs in the third game and by 164 runs in the fourth to force a series decider. Here’s a short preview of the two teams before they meet on Sunday.
The hosts posted 416/5 at Centurion thanks to a 222-run stand between Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller. Klaasen blasted a 83-ball 174 while Miller struck 82* off 45. Lungi Ngidi then claimed a 4-for with Kagiso Rabada taking three.
South Africa didn’t have Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje due to injuries, while they also rotated the bowling attack. Expect more changes for the fifth game.
Squad: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee, Tabraiz Shamsi
The Australian bowling attack was once again smashed to smithereens. Chasing 417, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Alex Carey struck 99 off 77 but ran out of partners.
Travis Head has been ruled out of the series due to a fracture in his hand. Spencer Johnson remains unavailable for selection but Cameron Green should be back.
Squad: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Tim David, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood
How to watch South Africa vs Australia ODIs in the UK: live streaming & channel list
For those living in the UK, you can watch the fifth ODI between South Africa and Australia on BT Sports.
- BT Sports (TV)
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