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|Faf du Plessis||112||114||15||1||98.25|
|Rassie van der Dussen||32||43||2||0||74.42|
|Quinton de Kock||81||72||11||0||112.50|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4.0||0||21||0||5.25|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||39||52||3||0||75.00|
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is now under three months away and with not much bilateral cricket left to be played after this month, all the teams will be looking to make the best out of whatever cricket they're left to play. Sri Lanka and South Africa are set to lock horns in a five-match ODI series set to begin with first ODI scheduled to be played at Johannesburg on Sunday. The two sides are coming off a contrasting display of cricket in the recently concluded test series and will have at least a few amends to make while moving into the white-ball version of the game. Both the sides haven't really zeroed in on the 15-member squad flying to England and this series will be a perfect opportunity to not only get the combination right but also get some vital match practice.
The 2-0 defeat in the test series should really be playing much on Proteas' mind, more so considering that only five of the players who played in the longest version of the game are part of the ODI series.
South Africa are coming off an interesting series against Pakistan as far as the ODIs are concerned. After being at the receiving end in the first ODI, it was a commendable effort from the Proteas to win the series 3-2.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, and Rassie van der Dussen have done exceedingly well in the matches they've played so far, be it domestic or internationals and with South Africa a little light on lower-order reliable hitting, the pressure will be immense on the trio. Faf du Plessis has done reasonably well in the recent matches and will be looking to not only avenge their test defeat but also get the habit of winning going with World Cup just around the corner.
The hosts have really bolstered their bowling attack for the ODI series, at least for the first couple of matches. Despite the availability of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Dale Steyn, they've picked Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo to shoulder the load of quick bowling department. With Imran Khan and Tabraiz Shamsi available in the fine form, it isn't going to be easy for Sri Lanka in the upcoming encounter.
Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, RVD Dussen, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, PWA Mulder, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.
There isn't really a better feeling that overpowering the favorites in the game of Cricket. Sri Lanka, however, did it twice in the recently concluded test series. Heading into the ODI series, they'll be looking to do something on similar terms - something which Arjun Ranatunga's team in the '96 World Cup team did to perfection.
Sri Lanka are coming off a relatively poor performance in their recent-most ODI matches wherein they where thrashed by New Zealand in all three matches of the series. Since his return to the international circuit, Lasith Malinga has had a mixed campaign. He's posted a couple of commendable performance often sandwiched between dreadful performances. Thisara Perera, on the other hand, has been a revelation for them, at least with the bat and will play a key role in the upcoming series.
Exactly contrary to South Africa's strategy of including plenty of quick-bowlers, the Islanders have chosen to persist with the brilliant battery of spin bowlers - something which has caused a lot of troubles for the Proteas in the recent times.
Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, and Thisara Perera have done exceedingly well against Sri Lanka or in the test series preceding this series and they will be looking to take the initiative forward.
Niroshan Dickwella, WU Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, MVT Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan.
Regardless of the decision to bat or bowl first, both the sides will need to pick early wickets to dictate terms at this venue. There will be a better purchase for the quick-bowlers early in the day and therefore we expect the team winning the toss to field first
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It is the same venue where South Africa chased down Australia's 434 run total by one-wicket. That was, however, a few overs ago and things have changed a lot since then. Even though the boundaries are of the same size - smallish, the pitch has become a lot more responsive for the quicker bowlers. In the most recent encounter here, Pakistan bundled South Africa out for just 164 which they chased with considerable ease. The first spell of quick bowling is crucial here and if survived, the batsmen are going to enjoy batting on this wicket. The team batting first should be looking to put at least 270 runs on the board.
Sri Lanka's win in the test series has certainly added spice to what otherwise would have been a boring series for the fans. Since the beginning of 2018, South Africa have won 12 and lost 10 games whereas Sri Lanka have lost 13 and won just 6 matches which include their embarrassing show in the Asia Cup. The surface at Wanderers is more likely to suit the South African kind of bowling and the tourists might not find it easy to face tall bowlers steaming in on a quick-surface. Having said that, their batsmen are more than capable and shouldn't be underestimated. Considering the above-mentioned reasons, the hosts - South Africa, are certainly firm favorites to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture.
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