South Africa would be looking to secure a 5-0 triumph in the ongoing ODI series versus the Sri Lankan unit. Having won the past four contests without breaking a sweat, a similar outcome could be expected from the Proteas in the forthcoming event too. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be eyeing to bag a compensatory win in the dead-rubber contest to safeguard some respect in front of the foreign public. On that note, let’s have a look at South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Preview featuring the team news, match details, head to heads and probable lineup for both the units for the upcoming contest scheduled on March 16 at Newlands, Capetown.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Preview: Team News, Match Details and Probable XI
Date: March 16, Saturday.
Time: 4:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM GMT, 1:00 PM LOCAL.
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Preview: Head to Heads in ODIs
Sri Lanka and South Africa have locked horns with each other on a total of 75 occasions in the 50-over format, with the former emerging victorious on 31 occasions, the latter on 42 occasions, with solitary contests ending as a draw and no-result.
Team News – South Africa
Courtesy the top-notch performances from Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, the Proteas managed to outshine the likes of Malinga & Co. for the fourth consecutive time in the ongoing series. The former’s knock of 51 in 57 deliveries along with the latter’s equally enthralling exhibition of 43 in 38 deliveries could be touted as one of the core reasons behind the home team’s triumph in the fourth contest.
Also, the performances laid by the trio of David Miller Jean-PaulPaul Duminy and Aiden Makram contributed in bits and pieces as the Proteas chased down the total of 190 before the completion of the 33rd over, and a similar could be expected of them in the coming feud.
Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi emerged as the top-contributors with the ball as they scraped figures of 3/57 and 1/34 respectively by the end of their play.
Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi also managed to pick impressive numbers under their belt which comprised of 1/32 and 1/22 respectively, resulting in the team and management to anticipate a similar performance from their end in the dead-rubber duel at Capetown.
South Africa’s Predicted XI
Team News – Sri Lanka
Isuru Udana surfaced as the leading run-getter for Sri Lanka in the previously concluded contest as he scored 78 runs off 57 deliveries which eventually assisted in the tourists putting up a total of 190 on board. Thus, he would be strongly anticipated to don a similar performance in the coming show in case any similar opportunity arrives knocking down his way.
Although Kusal Mendis and Oshado Fernando failed to put up a striking exhibition in the lately concluded contest, the fact that they have amassed 146 runs and 105 runs in 4 ODIs while averaging 36.50 and 26.25 respectively make the duo strong contenders for the final duel.
Dhananjaya de Silva picked a highly impressionable figure of 3/41 in his ten overs of play while others faltered to scrape even a couple dismissals to their name. With him acquiring a total of 5 wickets in three ODIs played this series, the pressure of putting up a scintillating show would be more onto his shoulders than the remaining bowlers.
Apart from de Silva, one could expect the duo of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga to grapple in some interesting numbers to their name. The duo’s collective experience of 369 ODIs wherein they have affected 489 dismissals furthermore cements their chances of performing in the final duel.
Sri Lanka’s Predicted XI
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