SL vs SA Prediction: Sri Lanka goes head to head with South Africa in the first of the three-match T20I series. The hosts ousted the South Africans 2-1 in the ODI leg and will be confident going into the series. They had also beaten India in the last series. However, the visitors have some key international stars returning and will pose a stiff challenge.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st T20I
10 September 2021, 08:00 PM IST
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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SL – 40%
SA – 60%
South Africa has beaten the mighty West Indies in T20Is this year. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have won just three games in 2021, two of which came against a severely depleted Indian side.
Bet365: SL: 2.3; SA: 1.61
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Top Bets:
Who will win? South Africa
Top Batsman – Aiden Markram (South Africa), Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler – Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
Most Sixes in the match – David Miller (South Africa)
Player of the Match- Aiden Markram (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting first– South Africa 140+, Sri Lanka 130+
Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Mahesh Theekshana
Dasun Shanaka, Minod Banuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pulina Tharanga, Ramesh Mendis, Sahan Aarchchige, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, Lahiru Madushanka (Subject to fitness), Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Mahesh Theekshana, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Kusal Janith Perera, Avishka Fernando, Dananjaya Lakshan, Shiran Fernando
Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Aiden Markram, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Lizaad Williams.
The R Premadasa Stadium is known for its spin-friendly tracks. The top four of the highest wicket-takers in ODIs were spinners. The average score on this pitch is 125.
If SL bats first: 130-140
If SA bats first: 140-150
Overcast conditions are predicted for the first game with high humidity. There is a small probability of rain in the evening. The expected temperature on match day will be around 27 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Q de Kock
BATSMEN: K Perera, R van der-Dussen, A Markram, A Fernando
ALL-ROUNDERS: D de Silva, W Hasaranga
BOWLERS: A Dananjaya, K Rabada, T Shamsi, M Theekshana
Players who are expected to perform well as per SL vs SA Dream11 Prediction.
Charith Asalanka: It is early to say so but Sri Lanka seems to have found a reliable middle-order batsman. He is averaging 41 in the ODIs and scored 44 in the only T20 international he has played.
Aiden Markram: Markram is at his devastating best in the T20Is. He has 357 runs in 12 games at a striker rate of over 150.
Wanindu Hasaranga: The leggie is more dangerous with the batsmen looking to hit him out of the park. He has 33 wickets in 22 games at an economy of 6.25.
Tabraiz Shamsi: No bowler has picked more wickets in T20Is than Shamsi in 2021. He is the highest-ranked bowler in T20Is. He has taken 45 wickets in 39 games at an economy of 6.85.
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