Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo – Match Preview
Sri Lanka and South Africa will lock horns in the final ODI in the capital of the country, Colombo. The series stands at 3-1, therefore it is going to be another dead rubber in the series. Sportzwiki brings you the Match Preview.
In fact, Sri Lanka was finally able to get off the mark in the last match when they barely got over the line by three runs. However, a win is a win and thus, it must have given a shot in the arm to the Island nation.
Sri Lanka will look to end the series on a high.
Sri Lanka is going through a rough patch and the last match much have added some confidence. On the other hand, South Africa will aim to end the series on a high.
Meanwhile, it was a much better batting performance from the hosts. They were able to race to 306 in 39 overs with good knocks from Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka. In fact, Dasun Shanaka batted in the topmost gear getting 65 off just 34 balls.
However, Sri Lanka bowling was once again disappointing but they somehow managed to get over the line. Suranga Lakmal was able to take three scalps, however, he was on the expensive side.
On the other hand, Proteas batsmen didn’t get off to consistent start. Furthermore, the absence of Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada was clearly palpable. However, it is a good opportunity for Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi to make the most of their chances.
South Africa will aim to continue their domination over the depleted Sri Lankan.
Quinton de Kock is leading the Proteas for the first time. Therefore, it is a good opportunity for the wicketkeeper-batsman to show his skills as a leader.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will like to get another win under their belt. They haven’t ticked the right boxes in the recent past and they would like to make most of the conditions.
Date and Time: 12 August 2018, 2:30 PM IST.
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Sri Lanka Predicted XI: Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews (c), Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara.
South Africa Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Junior Dala, Willem Mulder.
Weather Conditions: Colombo temperature is going to stay around 29 degree Celsius. However, there would be clouds over the whole day. A morning shower is also expected. Thus, the rain can play the spoilsport.
Pitch Conditions: Colombo pitch is generally a paradise for the batsmen. However, the captain winning the toss will elect to bowl first given the overcast conditions.
JP Duminy has scored 4982 runs in the 50-overs format. Therefore, the veteran southpaw batsman is 18 runs away from the 5000 run-mark.
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