Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the 2nd ODI match of a 3-Match series on 4 September at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. In the previous encounter, Sri Lanka’s top order performed admirably. South Africa’s batsmen also played great, but they were unable to complete the chase. The match went down to the wire, with the visitors emerging victorious. South Africa will be hoping to make a comeback in order to level the three-match series. Despite the fact that the visitors were on the losing end of the result, they put up a solid fight.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and is more favorable to spinners. Minimal chances of light rain with temperatures at 27 – 28 °C


Total matches                          135

Matches won batting first         72

Matches won bowling first       53

Average 1st Inns scores          236

Average 2nd Inns scores        197

Highest total recorded             375/5 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest total recorded              86/10 (29.3 Ov) by NED vs SL

Highest score chased              288/5 (49.4 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest score defended           204/7 (50 Ov) by SL vs IND

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Minod Bhanuka – The left-handed batsman displayed a good show of skills and grit in the last match. One cannot expect a better player than him in this category.

Matches – 5

Runs – 133

Average – 26.60

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Aiden Markum – The right-handed batsman is viewed as a batsman with class and calm, who was strong on the offside and aggressive in temperament, and who may modify a conservative South African approach to explosive batting. He made 96 runs in the last match and looks strong for the upcoming matches too.

Matches – 32

Runs – 820

Average – 29.28

2) Janneman Malan – The right-handed batsman is a remarkable player with an effective stroke play skills in this format. He displayed an explosive performance in the last ODI series against Ireland. He played decent innings in the last match too.

Matches – 8

Runs – 506

Average – 101.20

3) Rassie van der Dussen – The right-handed batsman is a natural attacking player who has also excelled in long-format, scoring the most runs in South Africa’s domestic first-class cricket. He played excellent innings in the last match.

Matches – 27

Runs – 1028

Average – 73.48                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4) Avishka Fernando – The right-handed batsman is one of the most prolific players who has played phenomenal innings in the last match. He is an important pick in the team for the next match.

Matches – 24

Runs – 946

Average – 39.11

Top 4 Bowler Picks

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

Matches – 28

Wickets – 33

Economy – 5.30

2) Anrich Nortje – He is a right arm fast bowler who went wicketless in the last match but managed to give his finest deliveries in the last match and is expected to follow suit in the upcoming match.

Matches – 12

Wickets – 22

Economy – 5.51

3) Dushmantha Chameera – The right-arm fast bowler has quick pace, generated from a slightly round-arm action. He has rapidly established himself as a valuable bowler owing to his speed, which he achieves by using a slightly round-arm stroke that sacrifices mobility.

Matches – 35

Wickets – 35

Economy – 5.37

4) Kagiso Rabada – The right-arm fast bowler is one of the talented bowlers from his squad who has rarely disappointed his team in any of the recent matches. He took 2 wickets in the last match and is yet to take many more in this series.

Matches – 80

Wickets – 124

Economy – 5.03

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanindu Hasaranga – The middle order batsman, and an aggressive leg-break bowler is an asset for his team. He is in good form and will be a wise pick for the next match. He took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 27

Runs – 537

Average – 25.57

Wickets – 26

Economy – 5.01

2) Dhananjaya de Silva – The right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler played great innings in the ODI series against India and even in the SLC league. He scored 44 crucial runs in the last match and contributed to his team’s victory.

Matches – 54

Runs – 1156

Average – 26.88

Wickets – 27

Economy – 5.19

3) Andile Phehlukwayo – The left-handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler is a seam-bowling allrounder, who has proved to be an asset for his team on countless occasions. He is a must pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 65

Runs – 662

Average – 26.48

Wickets – 80

Economy – 5.72

Predicted Playing 11

Srilanka – Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama

South Africa – Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma/ Dwaine Pretorious, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi


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