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by Alastair Symondson Saturday 2 March 2019
Sri Lanka have been struggling in ODI cricket lately and are coming off a 0-3 defeat against New Zealand. The last time that they met South Africa was at home when they were beaten by 3-2. The scoreline might suggest otherwise but the series was one sided as South Africa won the first three matches to seal the series and it was only after that Sri Lanka were successful in winning two matches and giving some respectability to the final scoreline.
South Africa, on the other hand, are in good form and beat Pakistan 3-2 in their last assignment. Lungi Ngidi has joined the team back after the recuperating from injury. Duanne Olivier has knocked himself out of the race by signing a kolpak deal.
Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir will obviously be a big threat for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Among the batters, Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen are the rising stars for South Africa while Faf du Plessis and David Miller remain the lynchpin of their middle order.
Sri Lanka have given chances to three uncapped players - Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis and Priyamal Perera in the hope of turning their fortunes around in ODI cricket. Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga are the senior players in the team and would have the responsibility of ensuring that the side plays as a well-jelled unit.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka- Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Lakshan Sandakan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka), Dale Steyn (South Africa)
Most boundaries – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 250+, South Africa 285+
*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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