Man of the Match: Isuru Udana
South Africa will Win the Match
Our prediction is South Africa will win the match!
South Africa team has won the ODI series 3-0 in the first three matches and is looking to test their bench strength in dress rehearsal for the World cup. Despite their win, their batting order except Skipper Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock has not been consistent and the batting order looks bleak short of runs.
Their middle order batsmen had scored 30s and 40s but are yet to convert them into a big score. Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram will return to the playing XI. Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwayne Pretorius have been the preferred all rounder’s in this series and they had a good outing with the bat last match.
Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada are formly deadly pace bowling combo and are steaming up the crease right now. Imran Tahir has been in excellent form and has been amongst the wickets. Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi is expected to partner him in middle over’s. Dale Steyn might a game to prove his effectiveness and fitness with the ball.
When every team is working on their combinations and sorting out their best squad possible for world cup, Sri Lankan team is looking for a win after a long time in ODIs. Their problems seem to be unending with number of changes to players in squad.
New comers Avishka Fernando and Oshado Fernando has been scoring runs in 20s and 30s, but they need to step up and play a big innings. Senior players Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera need to step up and score some runs. Lasith Malinga has a lot of questions to answer including his form with the ball. Kasun Rajitha and Isuru Udana are very erratic and are leaking runs at a very high run rate. Akila Dananjaya will be joined by Debutant Kamindu Mendis in the spin bowling department. Kusal Perera is not available for the series after his recent injury last match.
Hashim Amla – Amla returns to the squad after a poor Test series and he is under pressure to perform. His batting in the remaining matches may decide his place in the World cup squad.
Lungi Ngidi – Ngidi has made an impressive return to the international format after his injury lay-off. He looks fast, fiery and fit with more hunger for wickets.
South Africa has won the series 3-0 after winning the third match by 71 runs (DL method).
Stats from the series:
Quinton De kock – 296 runs Avg. 98.66, Strike rate -118 (Hs-121, 50s-2, 100s-1)
Imran Tahir – 7 wickets at an economy of 3.5 RPO (BB -3/26)
Faf du Plessis(C), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada.
Jean-Paul Duminy, Anrich Nortje, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, DW Steyn, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Faf du Plessis
Kusal Mendis – Mendis has got starts in all matches with scores of 60, 24 & 41. But he needs to translate them into substancial score to help his team`s total.
Kamindu Mendis –The debutant had a good first match bowling his full quota for 4.5 RPO when all other bowlers were going at over 6 RPO.
Sri Lanka has now lost three back to back series against South Africa.
Stats from the series:
Kusal Mendis– 125 runs Avg. 41.66, Strike rate -93 (Hs-60, 50s-1)
Thisara Perera – 3 wickets at an economy of 5.8 RPO (BB -3/26)
Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Isuru Udana, Kamindu Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Thisara Perera, Vishwa Fernando.
Kamindu Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis , Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga
St. George Park`s is a good batting pitch where batsmen may find it easier to bat once they are set. The average score in this pitch is 280-300 runs. Spin bowlers may find some assistance from the track owing to dry nature of pitch.
Teams are more predominantly looking to chase down totals as no total is safe nowadays. Teams batting second may also have dew factor to their advantage. Both captains will look to bowl first on this track.
Sri Lanka team looks like bunch of club cricketers left at the international cross roads. They need to pick themselves up and show some fight to the South African team. South Africa starts this game as favorites to win!
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