Having sealed the series in the first three ODIs, South Africa is set to host Sri Lanka at St. George’s Park for the fourth ODI. The Proteas looks in scintillating form in the white-ball cricket while the Lankan Lions are starting to lose their charisma in the limited-over cricket. This series promised a lot of end-to-end high voltage drama, but sadly it’s turning out to be a one-sided affair. Both the teams will collide at the Port Elizabeth for the penultimate match of the ODI series.
South Africa has announced themselves as one of the strongest contenders to lift the upcoming ICC World Cup in England. They have a nicely balanced squad with potential match-winners in their ranks. Having lost the test series by 2-0, the Proteas bounced back in style to clinch the ODI series in the first three games. Faf du Plessis would be pleased with his team’s disciplined and dominant performance even when they were under the pump. The hosts have the privilege to experiment with their playing XI, with the series already in their kitty.
Sri Lanka, on the other contrary, has had quite a topsy-turvy tour in South Africa. After their historic test series win, they have failed miserably to live up to the exceptions of Lankan fans. This series was expected to be a huge learning curve for the visitors ahead of the ICC World Cup. However, it seems that the subcontinent side is not learning from their mistake and could well be on their way to another series whitewash. Sri Lanka would be hoping to end this forgettable series on a winning note as they have only pride to play for in the final two games.
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 04:30 PM IST
Venue: St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
League: Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
Avg 1st Innings score: 234
Avg 2nd Innings score: 200
Highest Total: 335/6 (50 Ov) by PAK vs RSA
Lowest Total: 112/10 (30.1 Ov) by NZ vs AUS
Highest Chased: 330/7 (49.1 Ov) by AUS vs RSA
Lowest Defended: 179/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs WI
South Africa – L L W W W
Sri Lanka – W W L L L
#CSAnews Markram, Duminy and Amla return to Proteas ODI squad.
15-man squad (for final two ODIs): Du Plessis (c), Amla, De Kock, Duminy, Tahir, Markram, Miller, Ngidi, Nortje, Phehlukwayo, Pretorius, Rabada, Shamsi, Steyn, vd Dussen. https://t.co/0WxYMBEpCs #ProteaFire #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/f0lO7yNfIA
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 11, 2019
- JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, and Aiden Markam have been included in the squad for the final two games.
- Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder have been left out after their poor performances.
- Kusal Perera is ruled out of the series due to his hamstring injury
- Upul Tharanga joins the squad to replace him.
Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Lasith Malinga (capt), Vishwa Fernando, Thisara Perera, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain, wkt), Akila Dananjaya, Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udana
- Quinton de Kock (wk)
- Faf du Plessis
- Lungi Ngidi
- Niroshan Dickwella (wk)
- Kusal Mendis
- Lasith Malinga
Probable Playing XI
South Africa – Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lanka – Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (c), Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
FUNTUSH RISKY XI