About the Match
Sri Lanka was trounced in the first ODI and it was almost too easy for South Africa. Is there a way back for Sri Lanka in this series or is South Africa going to dominate once again?
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There was not too much that the South Africans would want to change from the first game. Their bowlers were on target, not one of them went for even 5 runs per over, while all of their batsmen got a start.
The standout bowler on that day was Imran Tahir, who took three wickets while giving away only 26 runs in his 10 overs. He is South Africa’s top-ranked bowler in the limited formats of the game and it was easy to see why. Tahir will enjoy the extra bounce at Kingsmead and could be a threat once again.
Wayne Parnell also took three wickets in the game and bowled with excellent control. He, along with Rabada, form an excellent opening partnership that will continue to get some early wickets for South Africa.
The bowler to watch out for on this surface though will be Chris Morris. The all-rounder has lost none of his pace or control as he made an impressive return from injury. We back him to be the top wicket taker in the second ODI.
South Africa’s batting did not have too much to do in the first match, however, all of the top order spent time in the middle and looked good to get a big score. If the hosts bat first in the second match, the Sri Lankans could be left chasing a mountain of runs.
Back South Africa to get over 330 runs in the match if they bat first.
Any number of batsmen could help them get there as the South Africans are spoiled for choice in batting riches but Amla, de Villiers and Duminy would be our picks for the batsmen most likely to score big runs.
A look at Sri Lanka’s batting order illustrates the difficulties they have been having on this tour. There is a total lack of experience in the lineup and without Angelo Mathews in the lineup, the quality of the batting lineup is questionable as well.
Dinesh Chandimal was supposed to have taken up the mantle of batting mainstay along with Mathews after the Sri Lankan greats retired. On this tour though Chandimal totaled 85 runs in the test series, 33 in the t20 series and scored 22 in the first ODI.
He will be under tremendous pressure to perform, however, we think he may have been found out of his depth here.
It is the much younger but immensely more talented Kusal Mendis that will have to take the fight to the South Africans, with hopefully some support from Dickwella.
We would back Mendis to make the most runs for Sri Lanka or maybe take a punt on DIckwella, considering his t20 recent success in the t20 series.
The Sri Lanka bowlers were pretty good but were unable to exert too much pressure on the South Africans. Lakmal and Kulasekara started off steadily while Sandakan showed some of his variations but it always seemed like the South Africans had a gear in reserve.
It will be interesting to see how the situation will be if Sri Lanka can get a big total on the board first. Back Sandakan or Lakmal to take the most wickets for Sri Lanka in this match.
The last match that took place in Durban was a memorable one. Australia batted first and put on 371 thanks to centuries from Warner and Smith but ended up losing by 4 wickets as David Miller put on a late assault to help his team over the line.
The pitch for this match is also expected to be true, bouncy and excellent for batting. A more evenly matched batting lineup between the two teams could have made for a mouth-watering contest. As things stand, we think Sri Lanka is outgunned in every department and back South Africa to win this one easily once again