The Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host the tenth game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between South Africa and Australia.
South Africa had a record-breaking start to their World Cup campaign after racking up the highest team total in the tournament’s history. Against Sri Lanka, South Africa posted a big total of 428 for 5 after Quinton de Kock, Russie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram scored a century each. Later in the game, Gerald Coetzee picked up three wickets, while Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj picked up two each to help South Africa win the match by 102 runs. They will now be looking for another win in their next match, but the track in Lucknow is expected to be slow and slugging.
Australia, meanwhile, lost to India in their opening game. They were bowled out for just 199 on the back of a combined effort from the Indian bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja was particularly impressive, having taken three wickets. In the second innings, it seemed for a brief while that Australia could turn the tides – three Indian batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed for a duck each. India were 2 for 3 before and Australia had made a brilliant start. But a match-winning partnership between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli ensured India a win.
Ahead of the game between South Africa and Australia, here is everything you need to know.
Australia vs South Africa Injury Update
Marcus Stoinis, who did not play the two warm-ups and the opening game against India, is fit to return for this game. Cameron Green will thus have to make his way out. South Africa, meanwhile, may bring in Tabraiz Shamsi into the XI, given that the Lucknow pitch is expected to aid spinners.
Australia vs South Africa Predicted XI
Australia Playing XI
1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins (capt), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
South Africa Playing XI
1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Gerald Coetzee/Tabraiz Shamsi, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Australia vs South Africa Match Details
Match: Australia vs South Africa
Date & Time: October 12, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Australia vs South Africa Fantasy Team
Wicket-Keepers: Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen
Batters: David Warner (vc), Steve Smith, Rassie van der Dussen
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Aiden Markram (c), Marco Jansen
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Keshav Maharaj
Australia vs South Africa: Lucknow Weather and Pitch Report
The newly re-laid pitch at the Ekana Stadium is expected to be balanced in nature but the spinners will get more assistance than the pacers.
The weather in Lucknow will be sunny with a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. Rain is not forecast.
Australia vs South Africa, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between Australia and South Africa will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Australia vs South Africa Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up streaming rights of the Australia vs South Africa match. The toss will take place at 2.00 PM IST.
Australia vs South Africa ODI matches Head-to-Head
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Australia vs South Africa Match Prediction
Five time title winners Australia cannot be undermined on any given day, but if their batsmen disappoint like they did against India, defeating South Africa could be a big task. The Proteas have a very strong batting line up that can post a competitive total.