South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis will be relieved after victory in game one of the five-match ODI series after 2-0 drubbing in the Test. It was captain Faf who led from the front in the 1st ODI and kept his side out of any danger in the chase before South African bowlers wrecked the touring side’s batting.
Sri Lanka have an embarrassing record in the 50-over format in the past few years. The test series triumph was expected to change that a bit. It started with the failure of Sri Lanka’s opening duo, the middle order did put some resistance but South Africa bowlers bounced back in the later stage of the innings to restrict Sri Lanka to 231/10.
In reply, Quinton de Kock gave South Africa another solid start to set the tone. Together with Faf (unbeaten 112), de Kock added 136 runs for the second wicket, and that was the difference between the two sides. With a comprehensive win in their stride, South Africa would want to add another here.
Pitch conditions: SuperSport Park is one of the quicker surfaces in South Africa, although it does give batsmen plenty of opportunity with the ball coming onto the bat quite well.
Where – SuperSport Park, Centurion
When – 6 March at 4:30 PM IST
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
South Africa – 3, Sri Lanka – 2
South Africa Team News: South Africa are likely to rotate their bowlers. Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi are all in contention to feature.
Rabada looked exhausted and may be rested for this fixture, while Dwaine Pretorius can also miss out.
Sri Lanka Team News: Sri Lankan spinner Lakshan Sandakan is a doubt after the last outing. Sri Lanka may bring in Kasun Rajitha for this one
SL Playing 11: Lasith Malinga (c), Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando
Doubtful – Lakshan Sandakan
Sri Lanka ODI squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Angelo Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis
SA Playing 11: David Miller, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje
Doubtful – Dwaine Pretorius
South Africa ODI Squad: David Miller, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi
Top picks – Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock made substantial scores in the first ODI, while Imran Tahir was the pick of the SA bowlers. Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando were among the runs for the tourists.
Others who can go well – Kusal Perera, Rassie van der Dussen, Thisara Perera and Akila Dananjaya are among others who can make an impact in South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI.
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