About the Match
South Africa had stated early into the series that they are aiming for a series whitewash and that anything less would be considered a disappointment. Is there anything that Sri Lanka can do to avoid 5-0?
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If things have seemed a bit too easy for the South African at times, it is because they have been. The poor quality of opposition and the fantastic form of its own players have combined to bring one of the most one-sided series involving Sri Lanka in recent memory.
The final ODI at Centurion will provide South Africa further opportunity to tinker with their team and change things around a little bit more. The expectation is that all-rounder Phehlukwayo will come back into the team at the expense of one of the spinners.
There is no doubt that Imran Tahir is the first choice spinner of this team but South Africa may want to give Shamsi another match here.
The last time that South Africa played an ODI here, Quinton de Kock smashed the Aussies all over the park to score 178 runs. He seems to be on the cusp of big innings and we would back him to get a big one here.
The South African batting is very strong and to be honest, any player could get in and get a big one. The most value seems to be in trying to predict the total score. We would suggest betting between 330 and 360 if South Africa bat first considering the high-scoring nature of the pitch at SuperSport Park.
The visitors would be very happy to have finally scored above 300 in the last match thanks to Upul Tharanga’s 15th
ODI century. His success could rub off on some other players as they gear up for the final match of this long tour.
It will be interesting to see if Dinesh Chandimal is given a go after being ‘rested’ for the last match. In our opinion, it would be better for someone like Dhanajaya de Silva to get more experience in foreign conditions rather than trying to make Chandimal into the players they want him to be, but probably is never going to be.
Kusal Mendis has had a disappointing tour but there is no doubt that he will be a much-improved player if he can learn from this tour. He, along with the newcomer Weerakkody and Dickwella are probably going to form the batting order for Sri Lanka in the upcoming Champions trophy.
More runs from them would be an excellent boost for Sri Lanka before the tournament. We think that Dickwella and Weerakkody could be in the runs once more and would recommend a fifty plus score for them especially if Sri Lanka bat first.
Changes in Sri Lanka’s bowling lineup are also likely after another poor performance and Lahiru Kumara could find himself missing out. Lahiru Mudashanka is expected to play in his place for the final match.
There is little to suggest that Sri Lanka will be able to win this match against a motivated South African team. Back South Africa to complete the whitewash