Sri Lanka vs South Africa First ODI Preview

Sri Lanka vs South Africa First ODI Preview

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2018, Five Match ODI Series, First ODI, Sri Lanka vs South Africa

Sunday, July 29, 2018, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla

Match Preview:

‘Trial by Spin’ by a red ball came to an end and a different challenge awaits South Africa in the white ball Cricket now. The first ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played today (July 29) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Play starts at 09:45 am local time (09:45 am IST). This is the venue where Sri Lanka won both their ODI games played against South Africa in the past!

South Africa’s record against Sri Lanka is very poor in the ODIs played in Sri Lanka. And the fact that they are coming into the ODI series after a brutal 0 – 2 drubbing in the two match Test series only doubles their worries! Overall, the win loss record is in the favor of South Africa though.

Sri Lanka are favorites going in to this game and they would be eager to get back to winning ways in this format against the under pressure South Africa. On the other hand, South Africa had the results in their favor when they last visited Sri Lanka in 2014 – SA won the 3 match ODI series by 2-1.

Angelo Mathews returns to lead Sri Lanka in ODIs after missing out the Tri Series in Bangladesh earlier this year. He has earlier confirmed that he will not be bowling in the series as he certainly doesn’t want to miss any of the games owing to injuries till the World Cup 2019 in England.

Head to Head Record:

Overall Record: Matches Played – 66, Sri Lanka won – 29, South Africa won – 35, Tied – 1, NR – 1

In Sri Lanka: Matches Played – 19, Sri Lanka won – 14, South Africa won – 4, NR – 1

At this Venue: Matches Played – 2, Sri Lanka won – 2, South Africa won – 0

Squads:

Sri Lanka:

Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Prabath Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal

South Africa:

Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Junior Dala, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

ODI Series Schedule:

One-Day Warm up Match: July 26, SLBP XI vs South Africa, Venue: P Sara Oval, Colombo

ODI #1: July 29, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
ODI #2: Aug 01, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
ODI #3: Aug 05, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
ODI #4: Aug 08, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
ODI #5: Aug 12, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

** Image credits to Hindustan Times

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