Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- South Africa v Sri Lanka 2nd T20I
The first T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka went right down to the wire as both teams were in the match, virtually till the last ball and the match was decided by a super over eliminator.
Sri Lanka were able to score only 134 and that too on the back of a 29-ball 41 from Kamindu Mendis. All South African bowlers bowled quite well and did not concede many runs but Andile Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up three wickets after conceding just 25 runs from his four overs.
In reply, there were starts from Faf du Plessis (now off to play in the IPL), David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen but due to some quick wickets in the latter half of the innings and the run out of JP Duminy, the Proteas were only able to level scores with Sri Lanka.
David Miller then took Lasith Malinga for 14 runs in the super over and it was too much for Thisara Perera to chase against Imran Tahir. It was a gamble to give Tahir the ball in the super over but the leg spinner kept his nerve and made it difficult for the Sri Lankan batsman to hit him over the fence.
This was the closest that Sri Lanka have come to winning a match against South Africa in the white-ball format on their tour. However, the Lankans will rue their luck that they were so near yet so far.
That said, this match will give Sri Lanka some confidence that yes, they can compete and the visitors might come harder in the second T20I.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lutho Sipamla, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka- Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Jeffrey Vandersay
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kamindu Mendis (Sri Lanka), Aiden Markram (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Most boundaries – Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 135+, South Africa 160+
*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.
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