Sri Lanka and South Africa will meet for the third and final match of their ODI series, with the score level at 1-1. In a heavily rain-delayed contest, South Africa emerged victorious in match 2 thanks to a century from Janneman Malan and a special spell of bowling from Tabraiz Shamsi, who took five wickets in the match. Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd ODI 2021 will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd ODI 2021
The fear heading into the series was how the Sri Lankan batting lineup would hold up against a fearsome South African bowling attack. These fears were put to bed after a solid batting display in match 1 but were left to roost in match 2, with the Sri Lankan top-order scoring 8, 7, 0, and 12, respectively. Charith Asalanka tried to hold the innings together with a battling 77, but it wasn't to be enough, as Sri Lanka would ultimately lose by 67 runs.
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, who were looking for a response after a disappointing first match of the series, will be pleased with how they played in match 2 to level the series. It was Janneman Malan who stole the show with a stunning 121. Bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi just blew through the Sri Lankans, and they will be looking for a repeat performance when the two sides meet for match 3.
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 Tuesday's game doesn't look too clear, with heavy rain and storms forecast for much of the day. There is a high chance that the game could be reduced in overs. If the weather does allow the game to begin, look for the side that wins the toss to bat first. Scoring has become harder for the team batting second in both matches as the pitch slows down as the game goes on.
Betting Predictions for Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd ODI 2021
Match Result Prediction
South Africa looked more at home in the conditions in match 2 as they ran out fairly comfortable winners. Looking the superior team with both bat and ball, South Africa are the favourites, priced at 1.62, and it's tough to look beyond the Proteas taking the victory.
Winner: South Africa (1.62 from Bet365)
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Janneman Malan to be the top-scoring batsman for South Africa
In the absence of key batsmen Quinton de Kock and David Miller, Janneman Malan is staking his claim as a man who can't be dropped. Scoring his third ODI century in just his ninth match, Malan currently has an astonishing average of 104 across his international ODI career. To back Malan to continue his recent good form, odds of 3.75 to top the South African innings look like great value.
Janneman Malan to score the highest total runs for South Africa: Yes (3.75 from Bet365)
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Tabraiz Shamsi to be South Africa's top bowler
Tabraiz Shamsi in match 2 put the South Africans in control by recording figures of 5-49. Playing on a pitch that is bound to grip and turn, Shamsi is ranked 4th in betting to be South Africa's leading wicket-taker at odds of 4.00 in match 3, and that could represent some fantastic value.
Tabraiz Shamsi to be South Africa's top bowler: Yes (4.00 from Betway)
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Century to be scored in the match
The century market for the third and final match of the series is tight, with odds of 1.80 for a century to be scored and odds of 1.95 for there not to be a century scored. In the series to date, there has been a century scored in each match, but with weather conditions make batting tricky and the series being finely poised, we will take the larger odds of 1.95 for there not to be a century scored.
A century to be scored in the match: No (1.95 from Casumo)
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