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|Dhananjaya de Silva||31||26||4||2||119.23|
|Quinton de Kock||20||11||4||0||181.82|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4.0||0||22||2||5.50|
After a see-saw tour between the two sides, South Africa will meet Sri Lanka in the only T20 of the tour which is to be played on 14th August 2018 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Sri Lanka pummeled the Proteas in the test series 2-0, and South Africa bounced back to attain the unassailable lead of 3-0 in the ODI series before losing the last two games. The ghosts of facing spinners came back to haunt them in the final two ODIs and a win in the T20 will be important so as to shrug off the submissive tag against spinners.
It was all about momentum for the hosts which they struggled to find in the first three ODIs of the tour. They were brilliant after South Africa presented with a glimmer of an opportunity and they took it with both hands. Their win in the fourth ODI boosted their morale and confidence which was clearly evident in the final ODI of the series.
After a brisk start by Niroshan Dickwell, Angelo Mathews played an enterprising innings to deflate South Africa on a surface which was slowing down with every passing minute. Thanks to his knock, Sri Lanka finished with 299 runs on the board. Their bowlers came back strong and South Africa's troubles were once again highlighted as Akila Dananjaya ran through them and finished with the figures of 6 for 29.
Sri Lanka's batting will be bolstered by the return of Dinesh Chandimal who was banned following the ball-tampering saga. Angelo Mathews will don the captain's hat and his own form should be a confidence booster for him and the team alike.
Kusal Mendis , Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Isuru Udana.
There was a change in fortunes for the visiting change right after the change in the format, but as we approached the end of the ODI series, their demons of playing spin were clearly visible.
The injury to Faf du Plessis brought about change in captaincy and the Proteas haven't looked same since then. Moving into the shortest format, JP Duminy is set to take the reigns from Quinton de Kock, who was named as stand-in skipper in the absence of Faf du Plessis. JP Duminy has been in excellent form of late and his ability to play against spinners will add potency to South Africa's middle-order.
South Africa rested a couple of their key players which in the final two ODIs which could be factored in for the Proteas' losses. We are likely to see Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, and Kagiso Rabada in the starting eleven which could prove be match-winning for the visitors, considering the fact that these three bowlers were the chief destructors in the first three one-dayers.
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Chasing will be the way to go here with chances of rain and possibility of Duckworth-Lewis method coming into the picture.
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It's predicted to be an evening with expected thundershowers in Colombo - something which is pretty common during this time of the year. R Premadasa features an excellent drainage system and we'll most likely get the game in. With the Duckworth-Lewis method in mind, the captains will be looking to chase first.
South Africa found their way back to winning games with the change in format, but Sri Lanka corrected their mistakes and found redemption after trailing 3-0 in the series. It's going to be an important game for both the teams and South Africa look better placed to win this only T20 fixture.
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