A massive defeat in the first ODI has brought the Sri Lankan team crashing down after they were on cloud nine after the Test series. Sri Lanka would have realized that it takes a lot more to challenge the South Africans in white ball cricket and the second ODI presents them another chance to make up for their mistakes in the first game.
On the other hand, South Africa must be feeling good after a disciplined show in all departments in the first ODI. Sri Lanka meanwhile have to up the ante in the SA vs SL 2nd ODI. And these three players from both the games are worth watching out for.
A poor show in the first ODI must have disappointed the Sri Lankan all-rounder and he will be itching to make his presence felt. His batting becomes even more important for the visitors when taken into consideration the fragile middle order.
With the ball too he has a big job in his hands and on this pitch he should get some help.
A blazing half-century in the first ODI yet again showcased the importance of Quinton de Kock. His flamboyant approach is effective in making the most of the Powerplay overs and he also has plenty of shots that can neutralize the threat of Sri Lankan spinners.
With Hashim Amla having a lean patch, de Kock is vital for South Africa in the second ODI.
With scores of 40*, 57, 50* and 112* in his last four ODI innings, Faf du Plessis has provided the much-needed punch in South Africa’s batting order.
Importantly the right-hand batsman can change his batting gears based on the situation and is adept at handling spin. Hence he is a key player in the second ODI and the visitors would like to see his back as early as possible as South Africa’s batting revolves around him.