Sri Lanka and South Africa will meet for the second ODI, with the Sri Lankans 1-0 up in the three-match series after a surprising win in the first match. Sri Lanka have the opportunity to clinch the ODI series with a victory. Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd ODI 2021 will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd ODI 2021
Sri Lanka arrived at the start of the South African series without several key players and desperately short of form after having only won two ODIs all year. However, they turned the form book on its head with a 14 run victory in match 1, thanks largely in part to Aviska Fernando's century. Sri Lanka have a chance to complete the series victory in this second match.
Likely playing 11 of Sri Lanka
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama
South Africa, the heavy favourites for the first match, will be wondering how they ended up falling short despite a 96 from Aiden Markram and 59 from Rassie van der Dussen. For this second match, they will also be without the captain Temba Bavuma, who will miss out with a broken thumb.
Likely playing 11 of South Africa
Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather for Saturday's game is mixed, expect hot weather, but storms are in the air, which could result in the odd shower and interruption. Expect the team who wins the toss to bat first and make the best of the batting conditions. Batting is set to become harder as the day goes on.
Betting Predictions for Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Match Result Prediction
South Africa will be disappointed that they lost the opening match despite seeming to be in control of the run chase. Sri Lanka did well to bog the South Africans down and took wickets at crucial times. Despite this, South Africa still have the experience and know-how to win this second match and keep the series alive.
Winner: South Africa (1.73 from Bet365)
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Avishka Fernando to be the top-scoring batsman for Sri Lanka
Considering that Avishka Fernando just put the South African bowlers to the sword with a stunning 118 in the first match, it’s surprising to see that Fernando isn’t the current favourite to score the most runs for Sri Lanka. Fernando is clearly a man in form, and backing him at odds of 4.50 could be one of the best bets on offer for this match.
Avishka Fernando to score the highest total of runs for Sri Lanka (4.5 from Bet365)
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A century to be scored in the match
In match 1 of this series, there was a century scored by Avishka Fernando, but several other batters flirted with it, with scores of 96, 79, and 52 being posted. The pitch in Colombo isn’t the most difficult to bat on, and if a player gets in, they could go and make a huge score – as Fernando proved so effectively. We are backing another century to be scored at odds of 1.83.
Will a century be scored in the match: Yes (1.83 from Betway)
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Highest opening partnership
In match 1, both pairs of opening batsman did a great job at getting their teams off to good starts. The Sri Lankans didn’t lose their first wicket until the score was at 57 and the South Africans at 49. The odds between the two sides to have the highest opening partnership are tight, but considering they scored more in match 1 and have the better odds, we are backing Sri Lanka to come out on top again at 2.05.
Sri Lanka to have the highest opening partnership (2.05 from Dafabet)
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