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

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo, SriLanka

103/10 in 18.1

5.67

105/1 in 14.1

7.41 Star
SCORECARD

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

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

Can Sri Lanka take the series to decider against all-round South Africa?

  • South Africa has won 7 out of their last 8 T20I matches recently.
  • Sri Lanka ended their 5-series losing streak with a win against India in the recent T20I series at home.
  • South Africa has a 9-5 overall record over Sri Lanka in T20Is with a 3-2 record in Sri Lankan soil.

Sri Lanka will win the match & level series 1-1

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

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South Africa put on a clinical performance against the hosts to win comfortably by 28 runs. They have a chance to seal the series with a win in this match and can experiment with their playing XI in the final match. Sri Lanka on the other hand need to win this match to keep the series alive. Both teams will take every match seriously with T20I World Cup round the corner and players will look to give a spirited performance so as to put themselves in the best position to break into the playing XI.

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka never really threatened the chase as they started off cautiously with 34/2 in 6.1 overs. Dinesh Chandimal played a lone battle scoring 66 runs off 54 balls and their chase never really gathered momentum as they ended with 135/6 in 20 overs. Chamika Karunaratne (22 runs) and Dasun Shanaka (16 runs) played little cameos with the bat.

Wanidu Hasaranga was their star bowler as he had bowling figures of 4-0-24-2 in the match. Theekshana and Chameera picked up a wicket each but gave runs at over 8 RPO. Akila Dananjaya, Dananjaya De Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, and Dasun Shanaka combined together to bowl 8 overs giving away 70 runs.

Top players to bet on:

Charith Asalanka – Asalanka was in superb form in ODIs scoring 196 runs in 3 matches with a couple of75+ scores. We expect him to carry his form into the T20Is too after he missed out with the bat in the first match.

Wanidu Hasaranga – Hasaranga has been their key performer in the limited overs cricket for the last 1-2 years. He is the No.2 ranked T20I bowler at the moment and can be dangerous with the bat too.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya

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

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
D Chandimal
66
54
5
2
122.22
C Karunaratne
22
14
1
2
157.14
D Shanaka
16
14
1
0
114.29
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
W Hasaranga
4.0
0
23
2
5.75
D Chameera
4.0
0
35
1
8.75
M Theekshana
4.0
0
35
1
8.75

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne

South Africa Preview

South Africa`s top-3 of Quinton De Kock (36 runs), Reeza Hendricks (38 runs), and Aiden Markram (48 runs) gave a steady start to their team. David Miller took on the bowlers for his 15-ball 26 runs to share a 65-run partnership with Aiden Markram which took them to an above par total of 165 runs on this pitch.

Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich nortje opened the bowling attack and had bowling figures of 1/24 & 1/29 respectively. Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Dwaine Pretorius took a wicket each in the match to trouble the middle order batters. They bowled well as a unit with all bowlers contributing for the team cause.

Top players to bet on:

Aiden Markram – Markram scored 48 runs off 33 balls and carried forward their team after the good platform by the openers. He is a class batsmen and we expect him to make a big score in this match too.

Keshav Maharaj – Maharaj had bowling figures of 4-0-19-1 in the last game and helped to restrict the run flow in the middle overs. He is leading the team from front in the absence of Temba Bavuma in this series.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen/Rassie Van Der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

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

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Markram
48
33
1
2
145.45
R Hendricks
38
30
3
1
126.67
Q de Kock
36
32
3
1
112.5
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
B Fortuin
4.0
0
24
1
6
A Nortje
4.0
0
29
1
7.25
K Maharaj
4.0
0
19
1
4.75

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Bjorn Fortuin

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
27
0.34 mm.
5.5 k/h
From: SW
100%
03h
27
0.27 mm.
5.48 k/h
From: SW
100%
06h
28
1.00 mm.
6.9 k/h
From: WSW
100%
09h
28
1.34 mm.
6.72 k/h
From: WSW
100%
12h
27
1.44 mm.
5.83 k/h
From: SW
73%
15h
26
0.82 mm.
5.63 k/h
From: SW
52%
18h
26
0.51 mm.
5.48 k/h
From: SW
31%
21h
26
1.56 mm.
5.78 k/h
From: SW
24%

Weather Conditions

Colombo will have a bright and sunny weather with very less to no chances for rain. We expect cricket to take the center stage with no external distractions in this match.

Venue Details

Colombo pitch was hard and had a bit of carry and bounce for the pacers. There were some footmarks for the spinners to operate in the match. Overall, it is an impressive playing conditions with something for both batters and bowlers. The average score in this pitch will be 160 runs.

Toss: To Bat

Both teams wanted to bat first in the first match and we expect both captains to bat first as the pitch might slow down as the match progresses.

South Africa`s batting line-up relies heavily on their top-order and David Miller to score runs. They have depth in the batting line-up till N0.8 with players capable of swinging the bat hard in search of runs. They have a good mix of spin and pace bowlers in the playing XI. Sri lanka`s batting line-up does not look promising but they have a battalion of spinners who can destroy the opposition in these tracks (Like the third ODI match). Sri Lanka`s spin strength and home conditions tilts our match prediction in their favor.

Sri Lanka will win the match & level series 1-1

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar