An upbeat Australia will face an under-pressure South Africa in the third ODI of the triangular series at the Province Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday. While Australia thumped the West Indies in their first game, South Africa were handed a four-wicket defeat by the hosts in the opening game of the series.
South Africa have not played to their potential in the recent times and they do not look to threaten anymore. But they have enough players who can turn on the heat at any point during the match and turn the course of things in their favour.
Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock need to fire at the top of the order. They are getting those starts but are not being able to convert them into big scores. That eases some pressure off the middle-order batsmen.
They also will have to take on Mitchell Starc, who came back to action after six months and was right on the money with his line and length against the West Indies.
AB de Villiers was in a tremendous form during the recently concluded IPL 2016 and he will look to emulate the same in this tri-series as well. Being the captain of the Proteas, he has to lead as an example with his terrific piece of willow.
Meanwhile, Australia will be confident after their thumping victory over the West Indies in the first game. Steve Smith & co. will be charged up when they take the field against South Africa on Tuesday at the same venue.
David Warner's form will also give Australia the edge over South Africa in the third ODI of the series.
Spinners are going to play a crucial role yet again in this match as the nature of the pitch has been like that since the first match. The ball has gripped and turned and it is expected to do the same on Tuesday as well during the third ODI between Australia and South Africa.
Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa from Australia and Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso from South Africa will be key bowlers for both sides in this mouth-watering encounter.
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (C), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (C), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir.
Where to watch live:
The third ODI of the tri-series Australia vs South Africa is scheduled for a 1 p.m. local time (5 p.m. GMT, 6 p.m. BST and 10:30 p.m. IST) start. Ten 3 will broadcast the game live in India and the subcontinents. The live streaming option will be available on Tensports.com.
Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports HD 3 will telecast Australia vs South Africa 3rd ODI live in UK and Ireland. Watch Sky Sports will stream the same.
Willow TV and Willow TV Online will show the game Australia vs South Africa 3rd ODI live in the US.
Foxsports 4 Australia will telecast the game live with the live streaming option on Foxtel Play.
Fans in South Africa can switch to CSN and SuperSport 2 to watch Australia vs South Africa 3rd ODI live.
Cricket Australia will also stream the game live.