As expected South Africa wrapped up the ODI series in the 3rd ODI played at Durban. In a rain-curtailed match, Sri Lanka again failed to put up a decent enough total on the board. Although Lankans recorded a historic win in the test series, they have not been anywhere close to the same form in the limited over version of the game. What has added to their woes is that they managed to pick only 17 wickets in 3 games played so far.
Sri Lanka Team Preparations
Sri Lanka relies on Kusal Mendis, Perera and Fernando in the batting department to score big runs. They haven’t done too badly in the middle order with 272 runs among them in the 3 games played so far. The problem is that they are not converting these starts into bigger totals which can win matches for your team. The same trio will again lead the batting department in the 4th ODI. None of the Sri Lankan bowlers has managed to pick more than 2 wickets in a match so far in the series. The bowling department led by Malinga is supported by Perera and Dananjaya and it has to make deep inroads in the powerful Proteas batting lineup to garner any hopes of restoring some pride.
South Africa Team Preparations
The Proteas have brought back the experienced players such as Duminy, Hashim Amla, and Markram for the remainder of the series. This is only likely to boost the batting lineup further which is relying heavily on De Kock and Du Plessis at the moment. De Kock has been unstoppable so far in the series with the scores of 81, 94, and 121 runs in the 3 matches. Skipper du Plessis has played the supporting role to him. Lungi Ngidi has taken as many as 6 wickets with a 3-fer in the opening game. Another right arm seamer Nortje impressed with a 3 wicket haul in last 2 games. He is likely to get another opportunity to prove himself for the WC selection.
The prediction looks forgone at the moment with the Proteas rolling all over Sri Lanka in the ODI series. But the law of averages might catch up with the South Africans and Sri Lanka might be able to pull one back somehow during the series. Let’s hope it happens for the sake of Sri Lankan cricket. But my money stays with South Africa for the 4th match of the series.
South Africa, Sri Lanka.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.
Timing: Wednesday, March 10, 2019, 4.30 PM IST, 1 PM local, 11 AM GMT.
TV – Sony Six, Sony Six HD.
Live Streaming – Sony LIV.