|South Africa vs. Australia 2014|
||vs|| South Africa
ScheduleWednesday, 19 November 2014 at 03:20 GMT / 03:20 UK / 08:50 IST
VenueManuka Oval, Canberra
Morne Morkel ripped through the strong batting line up of Australia by grabbing his career best figures of 5-21 in his 85 One Day Internationals. George Bailey, won the toss for the Kangaroos, sent his batsmen in but the entire team was bowled out for 154 runs in 41.4 overs. South Africa chased the target successfully while smashing 7-157 in just 27.4 overs, won the match by three wickets and levelled the five ODI series at 1-1. The battle for supremacy will begin on November 19, 2014 when both teams will enter the field for the third game.
Mitchell Johnson has been rested by the Australian selectors so that he can get relaxed and should be available with full rhythm in the forthcoming series against India. The left arm spinner, Xavier Doherty, has been preferred over Nathan Lyon for the next three matches.
Mitchell Marsh scored 67 runs in the 2nd ODI, George Bailey managed 25 and none other batsmen crossed the 20 runs mark. Josh Hazlewood grabbed 5-31 while Nathan Coulter-Nile and Glenn Maxwell are the two other disciplined bowlers.
AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw and David Miller scored enough runs to get their team towards victory whereas Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis should come out of their shells. Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn wrecked the rival batting by clinching five and three wickets respectively while Vernon Philander is bowling sensibly.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 03:20 GMT, 14:20 local at Manuka Oval, Canberra. The venue with a capacity of 13.550 was inaugurated in 1929 and the first ODI was played between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1992.
No problem with the weather and temperatures will be around 11-27ᵒC.
The Kangaroos have opted to bat and the Proteas preferred to chase after winning the toss in the last two games.
The surface will benefit the batsmen who will enjoy playing their shots.
Australia squad George Bailey (C), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.
South Africa – AB de Villiers (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
The key players of Australia are injured or have been rested so South Africa will be the favourite to take a lead.