Ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup, South Africa visit Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20s. Both sides will be looking to gather momentum ahead of the big tournament starting later this year. Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st ODI 2021 will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st ODI 2021
Sri Lanka arrive in this series in pretty desperate form, having only won two of their eleven ODIs this year. Sri Lanka will still be without several key players following their suspensions for breaking COVID 19 rules when touring England, so expect a young and experimental side to kick off the series.
Likely playing 11 of Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Like Sri Lanka, South Africa will miss several key names for the ODI portion of the tour, including Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Lungi Ngidi. South Africa have barely played any ODI cricket this year, but the results haven’t been great when they have. With some big names missing, this is an opportunity to impress for the young players ahead of the South African T20 World Cup squad getting announced.
Likely playing 11 of South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather for Thursday's game is set to be mixed, with both storms and rain a strong possibility. There could be a chance that the game has a reduction in overs. Expect a slow pitch where spin and the use of slower deliveries could have a telling impact on the game.
Betting Predictions for Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Match Result Prediction
Even with a few of their star names missing for this game, South Africa are the heavy favourites. They can be backed at 1.57. Yes, the price is shorter than what we would want, but it’s hard to see anything but a South African win.
Winner: South Africa (1.57 from Bet365)
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Kagiso Rabada to take over 1.5 wickets
There is perhaps no finer white ball fast bowler on his day than South African paceman Kagiso Rabada. Known for his quick and accurate pace, Rabada could cause real problems for the inexperienced Sri Lankan batsman. Priced at 2.10 for Rabada to take over 1.5 wickets could be an excellent bet.
Kagiso Rabada to take over 1.5 wickets: Yes (2.1 from Bet365)
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Highest score after 15 overs
South Africa have the experience and players to put the higher score together after the first 15 overs, and due to this, we are backing them to score the highest amount of runs in the first 15 overs. The South Africans will need to get a handle on the conditions quickly, but in a tight betting market, we are backing them to come out on top in this race over the first 15 overs.
South Africa to score the most runs after 15 overs: Yes (1.67 from Dafabet)
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The total amount of sixes
With the hot and humid conditions and storms in the air, the match could be greatly impacted by the weather, which will make batting difficult. We think there could be a low amount of sixes hit in the match. For there to be under 7.5 sixes, Betway is offering odds of 1.95, and with the difficult conditions the batsman are bound to face, this could be one of the bets of the game.
Under 7.5 sixes in the match: Yes (1.95 from Betway)
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