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South Africa have just been through a rough time in the longest format of the game in Sri Lanka and are about to begin their quest to prepare for the World Cup 2019 with first ODI scheduled to be played on 29th July at Dambulla. The change from the longest to the shorter format of the game will also trigger a change in Sri Lanka's captaincy duties. Angelo Mathews will lead them in the five-match ODI series and will be looking to repeat the outcomes of tests in One Dayers as well.
Due to the four-match ODI ban, Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's regular vice-captain, hasn't been picked up in the squad rendering their middle order a little inexperienced.
The Islanders will look to continue their trial-by-spin approach which is suggested by the inclusion of Prabath Jayasuriya, a left-arm spinner. As compared to their previous ODI series, they've left out Dushmanta Chameera, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Danushka Gunatilaka, Shehan, Madhushanka and Wanindu Hasaranga.
The list of making their way into the squad, however, isn't that long and only six players have returned to the squad including Angelo Mathews who missed out their last couple of series due to injury. Overall, the Sri Lankan lineups look good and going by the selections they've made, there appears to be a strong emphasis in testing out the young talent before the 2019 World Cup. Also, the trial by spin will continue to be there for the Proteas.
Kusal Perera, WU Tharanga, Kusal Mendis , Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara.
The last time this Protean team played in an ODI series, they ended up going down 4-1 against India. The Proteas failed to understand which way the ball was going to spin, let alone hit it.
In a short time since then, there've been two massive changes made to the South African squad. AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel have left a void that South Africa is trying to fill, but has failed miserably.
Considering the hammering they received against India and World Cup less than a year away, this Sri Lankan series could very well act as a preparatory ground for the Proteas to tackle spin. Despite the absence of Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, their bowling attack appears to be pretty solid with Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Andile Phehlukwayo at their disposal.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, PWA Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.
Batting will get tough with the old ball and therefore expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
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Although it's expected to be a better pitch to bat as compared to what it was like in the test series, there is still likely to be ample assistance for spinners. It's a day game and batting will become difficult as the match goes on. Batting first will be key here and a total of around 270-280 could be a match-winning one.
After a disappointing test series, the Proteas will be itching to put up an improved performance against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh did a similar task of bouncing back in ODI series after a poor test series against Windies, and the Proteas are more than capable as well. However, considering the fact that most of their players do not have the experience of playing spin in foreign conditions and the absence of veterans of the game, Sri Lanka go in as firm favorites in the opening game of the series.
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