Australia vs. South Africa: ICC World Cup Match 45 Preview
Australia vs. South Africa: ICC World Cup Match 45 Preview

Australia and South Africa are ready to face off in match 45 during the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Manchester on Saturday.

The game is an important one for the Kangaroos who are playing to cement their top spot on the league table and a win can assure them that they will face fourth-place New Zealand in the semi-finals, that too at the same venue.

In the batting department, the team will be relying on the likes of captain Aaron Finch, veteran opener David Warner, in-form Usman Khawaja and former skipper Steven Smith to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon to produce timely breakthroughs. Veteran all-rounder Glenn Maxwell might miss the match as he has suffered an injury during a net session on Friday.

On the other hand, for South Africa, the game is all about playing for pride as they will look to finish the tournament on a high. In the batting department, the team will be relying on the like of captain Faf du Plessis, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and young Rassie van der Dussen to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir to produce timely breakthroughs.

Old Trafford in Manchester will be used as the venue for the contest, which will be

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Azeem Siddiqui
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