About the Match
South Africa bounced back in the series by posting a huge win after a wait of 20 years. They take on the hosts on 28 July 2013 in fourth ODI of the series. Sri Lanka will see this match as an opportunity to seal the series and on the other hand South Africa would be striving hard to deny Sri Lanka a win and bounce back in the series. It is an important game not only in context of the series, but also in restoring the lost confidence in batting lineup of both the teams. With two relatively young teams taking on each other makes it a probable thriller of a contest.
South Africa ended the 20-year drought in a fine fashion to bounce back in the series. They’ll be hoping for a similar result in the fourth ODI as well. There was a huge change in South African lineup for the third game when Hashim Amla had to sit out because of injury and Lonwabo Tsotsobe clawed his way back into the side after an injury and guided his team back to the winning track. Hashim Amla will be back for the third game and would strengthen struggling South African batting. Farhaan Behardien’s selection did not prove to be fruitful in batting, but he was superb when it came to his bowling. The Proteas are looking better with every game, and getting past them is going to be a tough task for Sri Lanka.
Change of captain brought the change in fortunes of Sri Lanka. Angelo Mathews regained his captaincy as he made a comeback after a two-match ban. His and team’s performance was below par as they failed to chase a relatively easy total of 224. The hosts have played well so far in the series due to excellent part played by their senior statesmen. Once again, the onus will be on Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to deny South Africa another win. In the third ODI, Sri Lankan bowlers continued their excellent form with Ajantha Mendis picking up three important wickets. This young side is largely dependent on senior men and if they perform, South Africa will have a hard time in the middle.
South Africa bounced back into the series when not many hopes were left. They’ll be looking to continue their winning run so as to bounce back in the series. Their batting, however, is not in good form and much will be dependent on it. Can their batsmen perform in the fourth ODI to guide them to a much needed win? The Proteas certainly seem to be better side on paper with Tsotsobe and Amla back into the side. Sri Lanka have the home advantage along with the lead in the series. I think the overall better team will win and therefore the South Africans have a better chance of pulling this off in their favor.
South Africa, 2.00 @ William Hill
South Africans have failed to get themselves going as far as their batting is concerned. AB de Villiers looked to be getting into the form and Miller was phenomenal. However, much depends on their opening combination which hasn’t fired for a while now. Hashim Amla would retake his regular opening slot and his presence will be helpful and help Proteas get off to a solid start. I believe South Africa, with a new opening pair, will score at least 25-runs without losing a wicket.
Fall Of 1st South Africa Wicket
: Over 24.5, 1.83 @ William Hill