South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2018, ODI Series, Fourth ODI, Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Wednesday, August 08, 2018, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka and South Africa are getting ready to come face to face in the fourth One Day International (ODI) match of the five match series. This match will be played at the same venue where the third ODI match was played – Pallekele. Play is scheduled to start at 02:30 pm IST on Wednesday (Aug 08).
Having already lost the ODI series to South Africa, this stat certainly won’t please Sri Lanka at all – Sri Lanka are coming into this game (fourth ODI) with 11 losses in their last 11 ODIs against South Africa.
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis injured his shoulder and has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour. He is set to miss the action up to six weeks. “He [Du Plessis] will need a rehabilitation period of up to six weeks to make a full recovery,” said South African team manager.
Visitors are yet to name their stand-in captain for the remaining two ODIs but they made it clear that no replacements (in place of injured Faf du Plessis) will be made at this point of the tour. However, Quinton de Kock is expected to take charge in Faf’s absence!
South Africa have already won this five match ODI series beating Sri Lanka comfortably in all the three ODIs played so far in this series. After thrashing visitors heavily in the two match Test series, unfortunately hosts Sri Lanka will play the remaining two games of the ongoing ODI series for nothing more than pride!
Be it forced or unforced, both Sri Lanka are South Africa are expected to make changes to their playing XI in this ODI!
Angelo Mathews (c), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya
Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
ODI Series Schedule:
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
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