Second ODI Preview: South Africa vs. Australia
Second ODI Preview: South Africa vs. Australia

After a gobsmacking thrashing at Perth, Australia are living on the edge as the action shifts to Adelaide, where the Proteas take on the hosts in the second match of the three-match ODI series. A win could see South Africa seal the series early while Australia would be hellbent on not losing one more —they have lost seven out of eight matches this year—as Aaron Finch settles into his role as ODI skipper.

South Africa's pace bowling battery was largely responsible for a comfortable win at Perth. Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo were on top of their game as Australia's vulnerable batting unit coped another failure. Much is unlikely to change with Shaun Marsh's surgery furthering Australia's issues ahead of the key clash. Adelaide is a happy hunting ground for the Aussies with them winning 35 out of the 50 ODIs at the ground. That said, in the only ODI they faced the Proteas, in 2009, they lost. The last ODI at the ground was a low scoring thriller, against England in January, and the pace bowlers found plenty of purchase from the surface. The drop-in pitch could further help the quicker bowlers.

Conditions: Slightly overcast. No possibility of rain. Windy in the afternoon.

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