Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- South Africa v Sri Lanka 1st T20I
Sri Lanka stunned South Africa by winning the Test series 2-0 but the Proteas duly fought back in the ODIs to clean sweep 5-0 and are expected to maintain their dominance over Sri Lanka in white-ball cricket.
However, the head to head record of both the teams is quite even stevens. In the 10 T20Is played between the two teams, both have shared five matches each.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis will feature in the first T20I after which he will fly to India to join the Chennai Super Kings camp and start preparations for the IPL.
However, there is no dearth of firepower in the batting lineup with Aiden Markram also set to make his T20I debut. Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks are the rising stars for South Africa. Quinton de Kock has also found form at the right time and would be a big threat for Sri Lanka.
They have two quality spinners in Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir while Beuran Hendricks and Lungi Ngidi will lead the pace attack.
Sri Lanka will be led by their ODI captain Lasith Malinga. The match will also mark the return of Jeffrey Vandersay and Suranga Lakmal to T20Is. Akila Dananjaya is also back after getting a clean chit from the ICC.
Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis would be the frontline batters for Sri Lanka while Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana would provide balance to the side.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka- Niroshan Dickwella, Sandeep Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Priyamal Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Most boundaries – Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 140+, South Africa 170+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.