On Friday 10th September, Sri Lanka and South Africa will meet for the first game of their three-match T20 series. The T20s follow a three-match ODI series where Sri Lanka pulled off the upset, winning 2-1. Both sides will be looking to gain momentum ahead of the T20 World Cup that will be taking place later this year. Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 2021 will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 2021
Sri Lanka head into Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 2021 buoyed by their unexpected ODI series victory. Sri Lanka must be full of confidence after their 78 run demolition of the South Africans in the deciding match. Boasting an inexperienced side for the series, debutant Maheesh Theekshana stole the show with figures of 4-37. The home side will now be looking to boost their T20 form. This year they have played nine T20 matches but have only won three of them.
Likely playing 11 of Sri Lanka
Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, D Chandimal, K Mendis, M Theekshana
A dark cloud is hanging over South Africa following their series defeat against Sri Lanka in the ODIs. The defeat has left them 9th in the World Cup Qualification standings, making their direct participation at this stage looking doubtful. However, there is some better news ahead of Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 2021, as experienced batsmen Quinton de Kock and David Miller return to the side. South Africa have played many more T20 matches than the Sri Lankans. They have played a total of fifteen matches, winning eight.
Likely playing 11 of South Africa
Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather for Friday's game looks good. Currently, the temperature is set to be around 30 degrees. The third ODI was played at the same venue, and the pitch really aided the spin bowlers. Expect more of the same in this match.
Betting Predictions for Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st T20 2021
Match Result Prediction
Despite losing the ODI series, it is the South Africans who are favoured to win the first match of the T20 series. The South Africans can be backed at 1.62, with Sri Lanka priced at 2.3. Considering the dominance of their last victory and the fact that a couple of South Africa’s key batsmen are yet to have any significant playing time in the conditions, we are backing Sri Lanka to cause the upset.
Winner: Sri Lanka (2.3 from Bet365)
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Wanindu Hasaranga to take the most wickets for Sri Lanka
In the third match of the ODI series, Sri Lanka got the South Africans in a real spin thanks to their superb spin bowling performance. If Sri Lanka are to win this match, spin will be the key. In Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka have a spin bowler able to operate right at the highest level. We are backing Hasaranga to be the top bowler for Sri Lanka at odds of 4.00.
Wanindu Hasaranga to be the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka: Yes (4.00 from Bet365)
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South Africa to hit the most sixes
An advantage that the South Africans have over Sri Lanka is their power hitters. Quintin de Kock, David Miller, and Reeza Hendricks can hit sixes all over the ground. The race to hit the most sixes is tight, with the South Africans edging the prices at 1.75 and Sri Lanka being backed at 2.5. Hoping the South Africans can smash their way through the spin, we are backing South Africa to come out on top of the six-hitting battle.
South Africa to hit the most sixes (1.75 from Betway)
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Aiden Markram to score a fifty
With both De Kock and Miller needing to spend some time in the middle, the pressure is on Aiden Markram to score the bulk of runs. Markram had a decent ODI series scoring 96, 21, and 2. Already proving he can handle the conditions by scoring a 96 earlier in the series, he is priced at 4.00 to score a half-century in the match.
Aiden Markram to score a half-century: Yes (4.00 from Casumo)
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