After clinching the test series by 2-0, the underdogs look all set for their next assignment. The five-match ODI series begins tomorrow with the first ODI scheduled to be played at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The clash is set to begin at 01:30 PM IST.
The Proteas have Q de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks in their top-order, who are in fluent form, while the middle-order lacks stability, barring the well-experienced Faf du Plessis and David Miller. The biggest strength for the home side will be the pace attack which consists of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi while Andile Phelukwayo will be crucial with both bat & ball.
While the hosts will start as favorites to win the series, all the eyes will be on Sri Lanka for unfolding things. Prior to the 2-0 test series clinch, the visitors hadn’t won a Test in South African soil in over seven years of span, but the way they outplayed the Proteas was really commendable. The onus will be once again on Thisara Perera, Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera to produce similar performances and change the picture.
When: March 03, Sunday at 01:30 PM IST
Where: Wanderers, Johannesburg
The Wanderers in Johannesburg usually favours pacers but over the last few games, the wicket has behaved opposite to its nature. The spinners have played a part in the last few games. In the last occasion, the side chasing the target has turned out to be victorious with huge margins. So, looking at the kind of results in the last four or five games, the toss-winning sides is expected to bowl first.
Avg 1st inn score: 235
Avg 2nd inn score: 204
Highest Total: 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest Total: 109/10 (23 Ov) by SL vs IND
Highest Chased: 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest Defended: 149/10 (45 Ov) by RSA vs Eng
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Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Perera, Kusal Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udana
Faf du Plessis (c), Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock (wk),Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen
Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, V Fernando/I Udana, Lasith Malinga (c)
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi/Imran Tahir
Top picks from South Africa-
Reeza Hendricks and R van der Dussen are coming after a good outing in Momentum One Day Cup and will be crucial in the middle order
Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phelukwayo will be the key in the bowling attack
One of Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamshi is expected to play
Top picks from Sri Lanka-
Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera will be the key in the batting line-up
Thisara Perera is in fluent form since BPL 2019 and can worry some for the Proteas
Experienced Lasith Malinga can do some talking with his deliveries at Johannesburg
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