Man of the Match: Dane van Niekerk
South Africa to start with a win the ODI series!
Our preduction is South Africa Women to win!
Hosts South Africa will be keen to continue their winning streak when they take on Sri Lanka in the opening game of the one-day series in Potchefstroom on Monday. Dane van Niekerk led the way from the front with bat and ball in the three-match T20I series. South Africa completed a 3-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the T20I series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will need to improve their batting to put up a fight against South Africa in the upcoming three-match one-day series that starts from Monday. Skipper Chamari Attapatu will need to lead the way for the side in this one-day series.
Dane van Niekerk and co. will be keen to continue their winning streak in the upcoming three-match one-day series. The home side will need to maintain consistency with bat and ball in order to get off to a good start in the one-day series.
In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk to do the bulk of the scoring. Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt did not feature for South Africa in the three-match T20I series.
Since Jan 2018, Lizelle Lee has topped the batting charts for South Africa women in limited-overs cricket with 565 runs in 14 matches at an average of 47.08. His opening partner, Wolvaardt has also been a consistent performer for the side at the top of the innings. She has scored 458 runs in 13 matches at an average of 41.63 with four half-centuries to his name.
Dane Van Niekerk was standout performer for the side in the T20I series and will be looking to continue her rich vein of form in this one-day series. Since Jan 2018, Van Niekerk has scored 500 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.55.
Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tyron and Marizanne Kapp have contributed with crucial scores for the side in limited-overs cricket since past 12 months.
In the bowling department, medium pacer Marizanne Kapp has been excellent for the side with the new-ball in one-day internationals. Since Jan 2018, Kapp has picked up 18 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 18.72. Shabnam Ismail, Masabata Klaas and Tumi Sekhukhune are premier bowling options with the ball for this series.
Dane van Niekerk (c), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnam Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali, Saarah Smith
Zintle Mali, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Faye Tunnicliffe, Shabnim Ismail, Dane van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn
The visitors will face an uphill task in order to compete against South Africa in this one-day series. Sri Lanka women have suffered from poor run in limited-overs cricket and managed to win only one game out of six played since Jan 2018. The side lacks experience in these conditions and will need to dig deep to get something out of this one-day series.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Chamari Attapatu, Shashikala Siriwardene and Imalka Mendis to do the bulk of the scoring. Attapatu is the most experienced batsman in the playing XI and will need to produce a big score in this one-day series.
Shashikala Siriwardene has been consistent performer for the side with bat and ball. The all-rounder will be looking to do well in the three-match one-day series.
Nilakshi de Silva and Hasini Perera are promising players for the side included in the one-day setup. The duo will be keen to do well in the upcoming one-day series against South Africa.
In the bowling department, the likes of Inoka Ranaweera, Shashikala Siriwardene and Achini Kulasuriya will need to provide crucial breakthroughs for the side in this one-day series. Chamari Attapatu also is another useful bowling option for the side in the limited-overs format.
Chamari Attapatu (c), Anushka Sanjeewani, Imalka Mendis, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi de Silva, Prasadani Weerakkody, Inoka Ranaweera, Shashikala Siriwardene, Udeshika Prabodhini, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya
Umesha Thimashini, Shashikala Siriwardene, Harshitha Madavi, Chamari Atapattu, Nilakshi de Silva, Achini Kulasuriya, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Anushka Sanjeewani, Udeshika Prabodhani, Prasadani Weerakkody
The wicket prepared for the opening game of one-day series will be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game on Monday is partly cloudy skies. There is higher chance of rain in the evening.
The Senwes Park in Potchefstroom has hosted a lot of one-day games in the past. South Africa women have won their last three one-day games at the venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first. It tends to get easier in the second half of the innings on this pitch. In addition there are chances of rain and the team bowling second will have issues with the slippery ball.
Dane Van Niekerk and co. will be favorites to win the game against Sri Lanka. South Africa have quality players in their one-day setup and would be hard to beat in this three-match series.
South Africa Women to win!
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