Another clinical performance in the second ODI has taken South Africa very close to a series win against Sri Lanka. The team management would want to believe that the mini batting collapse in the second game was not a norm and they will expect their bowlers to continue the dominance.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be very worried about their batting department and with the World Cup approaching would want them to step up. Their spinners too have looked toothless and in the must-win game, the visitors need a magical performance to keep the series alive.
Here are the top three fantasy cricket picks for the SA vs SL 3rd ODI.
A fifty in the first ODI and a good cameo of 24 in the second ODI reflects Kusal Mendis’ good form with the bat but the Sri Lankan player needs to deliver a big knock to gain limelight.
His biggest challenge will South Africa’s pace artillery and the good thing for Sri Lanka is that he has shown signs of dominating this challenge. In the must win third ODI, Mendis will need to up the ante for his team.
With five wickets in two ODIs, Lungi Ngidi has made a strong statement in this ODI series and he will be looking forward to inflict more damage in the third ODI.
Ngidi will be a big factor for South Africa in the World Cup as his pace bowling can make a difference on the flat wickets in England. And thus the team management will have their eyes on him in the third ODI.
The South African captain is showing no signs of slowing down as he has now scored four back-to-back ODI fifties. And importantly he has seven fifty plus scores in his last nine international innings.
Faf’s solid batting is keeping South Africa’s middle order together and once again he will be key as the hosts look to seal the series in the third ODI.