Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the 3rd T20I match of a 3-Match series on 14 September at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Sri Lanka has suffered humbling defeats in the first two matches of the T20 series, despite winning the ODI series. As a result, the series was handed to the visitors, marking Dasun Shanaka’s first series loss. South Africa, on the other hand, would be overjoyed that their best players are hitting form at the perfect time.

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


Total matches                                 41

Matches won batting first               19

Matches won bowling first              21

Average 1st Inns scores                 153

Average 2nd Inns scores               135

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 still has the potential to impress through his powerful batting in the upcoming match.

Matches – 59

Runs – 939

Average – 20.41

2) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He contributed 58 hard hitting runs in the last match.

Matches – 56

Runs – 1699

Average – 32.97

Top 3 Batsman Picks

1) Aiden Markram – The right-handed batsman is strong on the offside and has explosive batting techniques. He smashed  21 runs in the last match and took 3 wickets. He has proved himself as one of the most valuable players in this tour.

Matches – 58

Runs – 1424

Average – 30.95

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 18 runs in the last match.

Matches – 35

Runs – 937

Average – 26.77

3) Charith Asalanka – The left-handed batsman has played phenomenal innings in this tour. He is an important pick in the team for the next match due to his consistent performance.

Matches – 33

Runs – 663

Average – 25.50

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 this tour including the 3 wickets he took in the last match.

Matches – 41

Wickets – 49

Economy – 6.79

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 – 106

Wickets – 85

Economy – 6.59

3) Dushmantha Chameera – The right-arm fast bowler has rapidly established himself as a valuable bowler owing to his speed. His squad can depend on his spells for the next match.

Matches – 30

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 – 34

Wickets – 89

Economy – 8.66

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 wickets and even took one in the last match.

Matches – 24

Runs – 196

Average – 13.06

Wickets – 36

Economy – 6.47

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 – 22

Runs – 411

Average – 21.63

Wickets – 5

Economy – 7.12

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.

Matches – 144

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 is playing in good form.

Matches – 48

Runs – 593

Average – 15.60

Wickets – 15

Economy – 7.07

Predicted Playing 11


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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