The third ODI of the five-match series will be played between South Africa and Sri Lanka as the hosts look to win yet another on Sunday.
South Africa have been near about perfect in the two first two games of the series. Their opening batsmen give them an explosive start, which sets the match strongly for the middle-over batsman to finish the job. Everybody is doing what is asked from them, and it is highly unlikely that this balance is going to be tinkered with before the start of ICC World Cup. They will be looking to seal this series with this win, and experiment in the last two games.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka are in a sticky situation as a cricketing nation. They have not done well at all in recent years, and are being mocked by fans around the world. The consistency that was once their biggest strength, has completely gone away, and now they are a side of their former self. If they are not going to address this problem directly, it is expected that they are not going to be doing any damage in the ICC World Cup 2019, and can be one of the teams who will be ousted early on.
Venue – Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
Date & Time – 10th March | 01:30 PM IST
South Africa – Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Willem Mulder, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga (c), Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lakshan Sandakan, Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Priyamal Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Kusal Perera, Kasun Rajitha
South Africa – de Kock, Hendricks, du Plessis, van der Dussen, Miller, Mulder, Pretorius, Rabada/Steyn, Nortje, Tahir, Ngidi
Sri Lanka – Dickwella, Tharanga, K. Perera, Fernando, Mendis, de Silva, Dananjaya, Malinga, Sandakan/Udana, Fernando
Key Players –
South Africa – Quinton de Kock | Faf du Plessis | Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendis | Lasith Malinga