About the Match
South African dreams of a win after twenty years at Sri Lankan soil were shattered as they were thumped in their first game. Now they have another opportunity to realize that dream and come back in the series as they face the home team on 23rd July 2013. Sri Lanka already leads the five match series by 1-0 and love to double it. South Africa will be looking to start afresh, and would love to forget the battering they face the other day.
Sri Lankan Lions showed why they are so difficult to beat at home in the first game. They batted like giants and bowled very effectively. As was required from their senior statesmen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, they delivered it to perfection. Sangakkara and Jayawardene pair scored steadily and before that Tharanga played beautifully as well. Kumar Sangakkara scored 162 off just 137 deliveries to guide Sri Lanka to a match-winning total. In the second part of the match, their bowlers bowled brilliantly and South Africa was all out 180 runs short. With pretty balanced team combined with home conditions, Sri Lanka is a very lethal lineup to deal up.
It was a wannabe dream turned into nightmare for the Proteas as they lost the game by a mammoth margin. South Africa have always been excellent in almost all bilateral series, but have failed miserably in ICC events. In previous game, however, their poor ICC events’ form continued there too. It is a well-known fact that South Africa is an excellent team on paper and once they get going they’d be hard to stop. They have AB de Villiers and David Miller can thrash the bowlers at will. JP Duminy can play the role of an all-rounder perfectly. South Africa lost the first game, but they have the potential and capability to bounce back in the second game.
Both the teams are going through a rebuilding phase and have a pretty young team with them. Dinesh Chandimal had a superb start to his captaincy career and will love to carry it on. AB de Villiers is one of the best ODI batsmen in world. The real test will be in how well South African batsmen face Sri Lankan bowlers. In spite of form not favoring the Proteas, I think they have a better team on paper, and they’ll emerge on top in this game.
South Africa, 2.20 @ William Hill
Alviro Peterson has had a decent run in the domestic competition before being selected for this series. He had a poor outing in the previous game, but he is a better batsman than it appeared on that day. Colin Ingram looked well settled, and this opening pair is expected to do well against slightly inexperienced Sri Lankan attack. I think that they’d have a better outing this time and score at least 24 runs before throwing the first wicket away.
Fall of 1st South Africa Wicket:
Over 23.5, 1.83 @ William Hill