With South Africa leading 4-0 and one match still to go in the ODI series, it is surely heading towards a clean sweep by the Proteas.
Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga said the same thing in the post-match presentation which he has been repeating for some time now - The batters need to stand up. They need to take more responsibility. They have to understand the importance of the opportunities. They should try and bat 50 overs.
However, his appeals have fallen on deaf ear and Sri Lanka have been making the same mistakes again and again. Even their bowling did not look impressive. However, when you have only 189 to defend, how impressive can you actually be?
Despite that, Dhananjaya de Silva picked three wickets and Isuru Udana made a handy 57-ball 78 lower down the order. Otherwise the Sri Lankan total could have looked much worse. These were the only two individual performances for Sri Lanka.
South Africa give chances to JP Duminy and Aiden Markram and both of them looked good on comeback. David Miller and Duminy finished the match for South Africa which would be a pleasing sign for the Proteas setup going into the World Cup.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lanka- Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Oshada Fernando (Sri Lanka), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka), Dale Steyn (South Africa)
Most boundaries – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 220+, South Africa 290+
*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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