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Sri Lanka vs South Africa, SL vs RSA, Today Match Prediction

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka

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Toss Winner - South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 28 runs

Host Sri lanka aim to continue their winning streak in the T20Is

  • Sri Lanka managed to beat South Africa in a three-match one-day series played at Colombo.
  • Since past 12 months, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera were standout performers for India in the T20 Cricket
  • Janneman Malan showed decent form for South Africa in the recently concluded ODI series.

Expect Sri Lanka to register a comfortable win in the T20I series opener at Colombo.

Tournament: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka | Toss: To Bowl

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Host Sri Lanka will be looking to continue their good form when they take on South Africa in the opening game of the T20I series played at R.Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

Sri Lankan Skipper Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the side can continue their winning ways in this three-match T20I series. Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva make their return to the T20 squad. The home side will be looking to field their best combination for this opening encounter.

On the other hand, South Africa will be looking to turn their fortunes around in the T20 format. The side will need to deliver a decent show with bat and ball against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Preview

Dasun Shanaka-led unit will be looking to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this T20I series opener. Kusal Perera is expected to come into the playing XI in place of Dinesh Chandimal for this game.

Pugnacious opener Kusal Perera has been a bankable performer for the side at the top of the innings in the T20 format. Since September 2019, Kusal Perera has scored 276 runs in 11 outings at an average of 27.60 with two half-centuries to his name.

Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva has produced decent numbers for Sri Lanka in the T20 format. Since September 2019, Dhananjaya de Silva has accumulated 149 runs in seven innings at an average of 37.25 with one half-century to his name.

The home side will be relying on Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva can deliver notable scores in this three-match T20I series.

Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga will be given the task of producing quick runs at the back end of the innings.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Mahesh Theekshana and Praveen Jayawickrama to make crucial breakthroughs.

Dushmantha Chameera will be the lone pace in the playing XI for this game.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (captain), Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game Of South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
C Asalanka
47
71
2
0
66.2
D de Silva
31
44
2
0
70.45
D Chameera
29
39
3
0
74.36
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Theekshana
10.0
0
37
4
3.7
D Chameera
4.0
1
16
2
4
W Hasaranga
8.0
3
32
2
4

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne

South Africa Preview

Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller and Bjorn Fortuin have been named in the T20 squad for the three-match series.

The return of Quinton de Kock and David Miller will strengthen the batting resources for South Africa for this series.

Captain Lasith Malinga will be hoping that senior players like Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller can deliver the goods with the bat in this series.

David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius have the ability to produce quick runs in the later stages of the innings.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj to make crucial breakthroughs.

Leg-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi has delivered splendid performances for South Africa in the T20 format. In 25 matches played, Tabraiz Shamsi has claimed 35 wickets at an economy rate of 6.31. Spinner will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the ball in hand for South Africa.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde.

South Africa Key Players From Previous Game Of South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
H Klaasen
22
30
3
0
73.33
G Linde
18
24
2
0
75
J Malan
18
19
2
0
94.74
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
K Maharaj
10.0
0
38
3
3.8
G Linde
10.0
1
32
2
3.2
T Shamsi
10.0
0
31
2
3.1

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Bjorn Fortuin

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
28
0.55 mm.
4.7 k/h
From: WSW
100%
03h
28
1.36 mm.
5.06 k/h
From: WSW
96%
06h
28
3.17 mm.
5.61 k/h
From: WSW
93%
09h
28
3.32 mm.
5.23 k/h
From: WSW
99%
12h
27
2.15 mm.
5.11 k/h
From: SW
99%
15h
27
1.86 mm.
5.26 k/h
From: SW
100%
18h
26
1.84 mm.
4.52 k/h
From: SW
100%
21h
26
1.19 mm.
5.16 k/h
From: SW
100%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the game might offer assistance to the spinners. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is expected to be light rain showers with light winds.

Venue Details

R.Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Guwahati is going to host the opening T20I game between Sri Lanka and South Africa. The visitors will be looking to make amends for their poor at R.Premadasa Stadium. They have won only once out of five matches played at the venue.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be keen to bowl first and make use of fresh pitch conditions at Colombo. Average first innings score at R.Premadasa Stadium is around 150 to 160 runs.

Given the recent performances, Host Sri Lanka be form favorites to win their opening game against Sri Lanka. With the likes of Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, and Dushmantha Chameera in excellent form in the T20 cricket, Sri Lanka will be looking to draw first blood in this three-match T20I series.

Expect Sri Lanka to register a comfortable win in the T20I series opener at Colombo.

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Author: Shoaib Z.