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Sri Lanka vs South Africa, SL vs RSA, Today Match Prediction 02 September 2021

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka

300/9 in 50.0

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286/6 in 50.0


Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 14 runs

Host Sri Lanka eye change of fortunes in ODI series against South Africa

  • South Africa have an excellent head to head record against Sri Lanka.
  • Janneman Malan, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi delivered excellent performances for South Africa in the 50-over format.
  • Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga have been consistent performers for Sri Lanka in the limited-overs cricket.

Expect Sri Lanka to beat South Africa by a narrow margin.

Tournament: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka | Toss: To Bowl

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Hosts Sri Lanka will be desperate to turn their fortunes around in white-ball cricket when they will face South Africa in the opening game of the one-day series in Colombo on Thursday. Earlier this summer, the home side lost both the ODI and T20I series against India.

Skipper Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that they can start the one-day series against South Africa on a positive note. Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Kumara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Akila Dhananjaya make their comeback to the ODI squad for the home series.

On the other hand, South Africa will be looking for consistency in terms of results in this three-match one-day series. The biggest challenge for the visitors will be to play spin well and keep the scoreboard ticking at decent rate.

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The home side will be desperate to turn things around after losing the home ODI series against India.

Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Kumara and Avishka Fernando are also included in the Sri Lanka’s ODI squad for the series.

The side will be relying on the likes of Avishka Fernando, who topped the batting charts in limited-overs cricket with 385 runs in 10 matches at an average of 38.50

Kusal Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka have been in decent form and will be keen to score heavily in this one-day series.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Praveen Jayawickrama and Dushmantha Chameera to provide crucial breakthroughs. Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva are other prominent bowling options for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dhananjaya.

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne

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The home side has have announced their full-strength squad for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Quinton de Kock has been rested as he will prepare for upcoming Indian Premier League season.

In the batting department, the visitors will be heavily depending on opener Janneman Malan, who has been consistent performer in the limited-overs cricket over the past couple of years. Since September 2020, Janneman Malan has topped the batting charts for South Africa with 483 runs in 7 matches at an average of 120.75 with two centuries.

The one-day series will provide an opportunity for opener Aiden Markram to redeem himself after managing to score just 81 runs in five matches at an average of 20.25. It has been a tough period for Markram, who has yet to score fifty in the 50-over format.

In the bowling department, the dependence will be on the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Wiann Mulder to produce crucial breakthroughs for the side. Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are other bowling options for South Africa for the one-day series.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Temba Bavuma (captain), Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Wiann Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan

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Weather Conditions

Traditionally, the pitch at Colombo might favor the batsmen rather than bowlers. The quick bowlers will get some assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is going to be thundery showers throughout the course of the match.

Venue Details

R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has hosted a lot of international games. Sri Lanka have a formidable limited-overs record at the venue.

Sri Lanka will take heart from the fact that they have won eight matches out of ten played against South Africa at R.Premadasa.

Toss: To Bowl

Since thundery showers are expected for the game, the sides will be looking to win the toss and bowl first.

Host Sri Lanka will be favorites to win the contest as they are playing at home. The home side has quality players like Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga in their ranks. On the other hand, South Africa’s main Achilles heel has been their batting against spinners. The visitors will need to improve their batting against spin in order to put up a strong fight against Sri Lanka this series.

Expect Sri Lanka to beat South Africa by a narrow margin.


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