When India visited Sri Lanka a few months ago, few people gave them a chance. However, they punched above their weight and performed admirably to challenge India. The scenario appears to be similar now that South Africa is touring Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka has once again managed to pleasantly surprise its supporters. They rallied from behind to win the opening game, putting the series on the line.
The emphasis now moves to the second match of the series, which will be contested on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at the same location, R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The first ODI came down to the wire, and we anticipate the second one to be no different. A fantastic match is undoubtedly in the cards.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2021
Date: Saturday, September 04, 2021
Time: 2:30 PM (IST)
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Team Previews
South Africa would be upset with the manner in which they lost the first match of the series. They stayed in the game until the 45th over of the second inning, but their conclusion was disappointing.
South Africa will feel confident going into the second match of the series provided they get certain fundamentals right. On paper, they have a fantastic unit with bowlers like Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, and Andile Phehlukwayo, but their lack of execution cost them the first match.
South Africa, on the other hand, lacks expertise with the bat, which was evident in the first match as well. They no longer have the services of their normal captain, who has a thumb fracture. Rassie van der Dussen will have to take his side over the rope, which will not be easy. Bowlers must perform well, and if they do, the Proteas will be in business.
Sri Lanka ODI Squad
Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Pradeep, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Binura Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Maheesh Theekshana
The opening game of the series was won by Sri Lanka. Everyone contributed to the Proteas’ 14-run victory. In the second game, Sri Lanka will be looking for a repeat performance. Don’t expect them to change the successful formula.
Playing XI: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama
It was predicted that Sri Lanka would challenge South Africa with spin, but few expected them to be as effective as they were in the first ODI. Sri Lanka looked down at one point, but the way their spinners joined the party after that was nothing short of miraculous.
Sri Lanka fared well batting first on an excellent track, thanks to Avishka Fernando’s ton. Despite the fact that he had enough of assistance from the middle-order players, Sri Lanka will be looking for a greater contribution from the middle-order in the forthcoming encounter.
With the ball, the spinners did a remarkable job of keeping things quiet, although South Africa was able to play them fairly comfortably before fumbling at the finish. If Sri Lanka is to match this formidable South African team, they will need to pull some more tricks out of their hat.
South Africa ODI Squad
Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj (c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla
South Africa must win the next game to keep the series alive. They were unable to shoot in unison and will be looking for a better showing in the upcoming game. They are expected to support their players in the second game of the series.
Playing XI: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Toss Prediction
Both teams will be hoping to win the toss, bowl first, and keep the opposition to a low total.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at R Premadasa Stadium is suitable for batting. The ball comes off the bat beautifully, and the batsmen like batting on this surface. We watched a high-scoring game in the first game of the series, and we should expect another one on Saturday.
On Saturday, temperatures in Colombo are anticipated to reach in the mid-20s. The temperature will be between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius. Throughout the day, there is a low probability of rain. As a result, there may be rain interruptions during the game.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Match Prediction
South Africa and Sri Lanka are neck and neck in terms of team composition, as seen by the way the first match played out. Having said that, Sri Lanka does have the benefit of playing at home, which may be very beneficial. Because of this, as well as the bravery displayed by their spinners, betting on Sri Lanka should be the way to go here.
Sri Lanka is the favourite to win this match.