About the Match
South Africa has wrapped up the series 3-0 and is within striking distance of the number one ranking as well. Sri Lanka continues to flounder and offer little challenge. What can we expect in the fourth ODI?
4th ODI Preview
AB de Villiers spoke about not letting the pressure up after winning the series and how he wanted South Africa to avoid 3-2 scorelines like in the past. He did not specifically mention the 5-0 whitewash but that is very much on the cards at the moment.
South Africa can also be expected to change their personnel somewhat for the upcoming series and maybe give some of their bench strength more of a go as they finalize their plans for the Champions trophy.
There are also a few small concerns that the hosts will want to take care of before the series ends. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla are still looking for big individual scores even after repeatedly getting starts. It is not something to be concerned just yet but the management will be keen for them get in form.
The lower order has not had to do too much work while chasing and so maybe South Africa would like to push themselves while batting first. We think a couple of changes in the team could be made with Farhan Behardien getting a go, Tabraiz Shamsi possibly getting a game ahead of Tahir and Wayne Parnell returning to claim his all-rounders place.
South Africa has enough depth in its squad to be able to win the remaining two matches even if they tinker with their team combination considerably.
The hosts will have good memories of playing at Cape Town as this was where they managed to win the t20 series decider a couple of weeks back. The ODI series may have been done and dusted but Sri Lanka has a lot to play for keeping the busy schedule up ahead in front of them.
Dickwella and Tharanga provided a solid start to the team in the last match before they slipped from 89 for 2 to 163 all out. It’s frustrating to see Upul Tharanga repeatedly throw away his wicket after getting set but we do not expect him to go on and get a big one anytime soon.
Dickwella was the star of Sri Lanka’s t20 triumph and he is once again proving to be the only source of batting resistance in this t20 series as well. Kusal Mendis has shown promise while Chandimal and Dhanajaya de Silva have been very disappointing.
The bowling has been slightly better in patches but they have never had the luxury of a big score behind them to take advantage of. Sandakan and Pathirana were economical in the third match but the South Africans never really needed to take the attack to them.
The pitch at Newlands is again expected to suit batting all throughout and we are hoping to see a run fest. Back South Africa to get above 350 if they bat first. The host should win this one and stay on track for 5-0 scoreline