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|Faf du Plessis||36||27||7||0||133.33|
|Rassie van der Dussen||50||67||3||0||74.63|
|Quinton de Kock||121||108||16||2||112.04|
The Sri Lankans would have been pleased with their red-ball performance in their ongoing South African tour, but haven't been able to achieve anything near in the fifty-over format. With ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 getting closer with every passing day, the Sri Lankans seem to be accumulating their problems. The Proteas, on the other hand, have put up a couple of complete performances in the first two matches of the series and will be looking to maintain the same momentum. We expect the hosts to make at least a few changes so as to try new combinations before the marquee event. The Sri Lankans, on the contrary, are still searching for the right combination. The two teams will take on each other for the third time in the series at Kingsmead Oval, Durban on 10th March.
The first two ODIs have gone exactly as per the plans for the Proteas. It was their batting that hammered the tourists in the first ODI, their bowling exhibited their class in the second match while defending a below-par total.
For the Proteas, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have been in terrific touch and will be key players not just in the remaining matches of the series, but also in the World Cup. With Reeza Hendricks struggling to rack up the numbers he once used to and Aiden Markram hitting centuries for fun, the former will be under a lot of pressure to produce a good knock. Having said that, we are likely to say the same top-four in the upcoming fixture.
South African bowlers did exceedingly well in their defense of a below-par score in their last match. Needing to defend just 251, the South African bowlers needed to bowl out of their skins to make a match out of it, but they bettered it with an exceptionally skillful performance. The trio of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje never allowed the Islanders to get in as they kept picking up wickets at regular intervals. The man who keeps getting young with every passing match, Imran Tahir, also contributed with two wickets.
Although South Africa have done reasonably well in the foregone matches, their batting is far from settled. Barring Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, their batsmen have struggled to score and there is a high likelihood of JP Duminy being given a go on Sunday. On the contrary, their bowling looks superb on paper and Dale Steyn might be given some international game time before the Proteas fly out to England to play the marquee ICC event.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, RVD Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
At the end of the test series, it appeared that the Islanders are getting closer to how good they once they used to be. However, their performance in the series has been terrible, to say the least. Both their batting and bowling have failed to display the same kind of depth they did in the longest version of the game. With time running out, they quickly need to test and find the perfect combination going into the World Cup.
In both the matches concluded thus far, there's been a clear lack of partnerships - which has been one of the many problems they've been going through. Avishka Fernando's International career didn't start well after he was picked up over Upul Tharanga following some exceptional innings in the domestic circuits. Barring Niroshan Dickwella, most of their batsmen have struggled to pace their innings often resulting in getting dismissed too soon.
Arguably, there bowling has done well as compared to their batting and the same was the case in the second ODI as well. Having said that, there's a lot of room to improve there. Akila Danajaya hasn't been the same after his return to the side and the Islanders will be hoping that he finds his feet as quickly as possible. On the other hand, Dhananjaya de Silva has done well with the ball repeatedly and is likely to be a key to their fortunes tomorrow.
Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis , Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha.
With overcast conditions likely to prevail in the morning and strong possibility of rain throughout the day, the team winning the toss is likely to choose to bowl first.
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It's forecasted to be a windy day at Durban with 80 percent chances of precipitation. There is a strong likelihood of DLS method coming into consideration which will tempt captains to field first after winning the toss. The surface at Durban usually assists quick bowlers early in the innings and under the lights which are expected to be the case yet again. With overcast conditions and surface conducive to quick bowling, playing out first few overs will be a key. The team batting first will be looking to score at least around 260.
The two concluded matches in the series so far haven't exactly panned out the way the tourists would have hoped for. Instead, the tourists have looked hapless and have plenty of problems to find solutions to. South Africa, on the contrary, have done reasonably well and despite an unsettled batting unit, they appear to be a far superior side as compared to the Sri Lankans, at least in the limited-overs format. With both batting and bowling doing well and the additional home advantage, the Proteas are firm favorites to emerge on top on Sunday.
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