Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the 2nd T20I match of a 3-Match series on 12 September at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The Proteas prevailed by 28 runs in the first match to grab a crucial 1-0 lead in the series. The visitors scored 163 for five in their first innings, thanks to good efforts from the top-order batsmen. Sri Lanka would look forward to level the series in the next match or risk handing it out to the visitors.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and is more favorable to spinners. Batting in the second inning looks more advantageous.

Minimal chances of light rain with temperatures at 27 – 28 °C

STATS – T20

Total matches                                  40

Matches won batting first               19

Matches won bowling first              20

Average 1st Inns scores                 155

Average 2nd Inns scores                136

Highest total recorded                     215/5 (19.4 Ov) by BAN vs SL

Lowest total recorded                      80/10 (17.2 Ov) by AFG vs ENG

Highest score chased                      215/5 (19.4 Ov) by BAN vs SL

Lowest score defended                   115/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs SL

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Dinesh Chandimal – The right-handed batsman is a promising experienced player who has strokes all around the wicket. He smashed 66 runs in the first match of the series.

Matches – 58

Runs – 934

Average – 20.75

2) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He contributed 36 hard hitting runs in the last match.

Matches – 55

Runs – 1641

Average – 32.82

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Aiden Markram – The right-handed batsman is strong on the offside and has explosive batting techniques. He smashed  48 runs in the last match and is a favourite for the next match.

Matches – 33

Runs – 841

Average – 29.00

2) Reeza Hendricks – The right-handed batsman’s career is built on consistent performances over the years. He has the ability to pace a knock and score swiftly at both the top and bottom of the innings. He scored 36 runs in the 1st match.

Matches – 34

Runs – 919

Average – 27.02                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3) Avishka Fernando – The right-handed batsman is one of the most prolific players who has played phenomenal innings in his career. He is an important pick in the team for the next match.

Matches – 21

Runs – 261

Average – 13.05

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Tabraiz Shamsi – The left-arm wrist spin bowler with ample variations and a good googly, Shamsi has emerged as South Africa’s most valuable bowler. He has consistently taken wickets in the last 5 matches including the one he took in the last match.

Matches – 40

Wickets – 46

Economy – 6.84

2) Keshav Maharaj- He is a slow left arm orthodox bowler who is on a streak of taking wickets in this tour. He is a must pick for the next match. He took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 105

Wickets – 84

Economy – 6.60

3) Dushmantha Chameera – The right-arm fast bowler has rapidly established himself as a valuable bowler owing to his speed. He took a wicket in the last match with his economical spells.

Matches – 29

Wickets – 31

Economy – 7.78

4) Kagiso Rabada – The right-arm fast bowler needs no introduction. He is one of the talented bowlers from his squad who has rarely disappointed his team in any of the recent matches.

Matches – 33

Wickets – 39

Economy – 8.56

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanindu Hasaranga – The middle order batsman, and an aggressive legbreak bowler is an asset for his team. He is in a streak of taking double wickets in the last 2 matches and is looking to continue it.

Matches – 23

Runs – 192

Average – 13.71

Wickets – 35

Economy – 6.52

2) Dhananjaya de Silva – The right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler is an asset for his team. His skillful approach to the game has benefitted his team in this tour.

Matches – 21

Runs – 407

Average – 22.61

Wickets – 5

Economy – 6.95

3) Dwaine Pretorius – The right-handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler is a seam-bowling allrounder and is a precise and experienced player in this format. He took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 143

Runs – 1919

Average – 21.56

Wickets – 98

Economy – 8.17

4) Dasun Shanaka – He has worked his way into Sri Lanka’s T20 squad as an aggressive middle-order batsman and a solid right-arm seam bowler. He scored 16 runs and took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 66

Runs – 666

Average – 25.61

Wickets – 80

Economy – 5.72

Predicted Playing 11

Srilanka

Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

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