Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sri Lanka 244/8 (50) – (42.5) 246/6 South Africa
SA won by 4 wickets
- Date: August 01, 2018
- Time: 8:30 AM UTC
- Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
SL vs SA 2nd ODI Betting Odds
- Sri Lanka’s frequent batting collapses is hurting them and we expect the South Africans to exploit this weakness.
- South Africans have a more settled line-up with a quality mix of stoke makers and those who can control the innings.
- The South African bowling attack looks better placed on seaming and spinning conditions with the performance of Tabraiz Shamsi
Our Prediction: South Africa will win the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka
Putting behind the humiliating defeat in the 2-Match Test Series the South African team came back strongly to win the first of the 5-Match ODI series in Dambulla comprehensively by 5 wickets.
All eyes now shift to the second encounter of the series in the same ground on August 01. The first ODI exposed several weaknesses that the Sri Lankan team have had in the ODIs over the last two years where they have lost miserably. Take away the red ball and rank turners and they look an ordinary side. South Africa on the other hand have had their own worries in the sub-continent but are a much better side in the 50 over format in these conditions.
Sri Lankan team has lots of worries going into the game after the lacklustre performance of their batting in the 1st ODI. They were bowled out on a flat track for 193 in less than 35 overs with the 94 run stand for the sixth wicket between Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera offering some respectability to the score. What would worry them the most was their performance against chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi who made the hosts look clueless and demoralized a side known for playing spin better than most other sides in the world. If this wasn’t enough Sri Lankan bowlers never really threatened the visitors who chased down the score easily.
It wasn’t an isolated performance from the islanders as they have been going through one of the worst phases in their cricketing history. In the last two years they have lost 14 out of the 19 ODIs played in the home soil and rank dismal 8th on the ICC Team Rankings. They have seen five different captains in the period and frequent chopping and changes with an ever changing batting order. All these have led to more confusion and doubts in the minds of the players and apart from Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga everybody else is going through a rough patch. In the bowling department it only has been Suranga Lakmal show in the last few seasons.
South African team would be extremely pleased with their performance in the opening encounter after their hiccups in the Test series where their batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards on more than one occasion. What they would be most happy about from the 1st game was the performance of Kagiso Rabada and the fact that he threatened the hosts throughout his spell. Lungi Ngidi was equally impressive and the two are shaping up as a good new ball bowling attack. The batting which failed at home versus India and here in the Test series finally showed some positive signs with Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy being among the runs.
But the South Africans aren’t without their own problems. They haven’t been the best of ODI form in 50 over cricket coming into this series. They had suffered a 4-1 loss to the Indian side at home where the visitors made a mockery of their batting line-up with finger spinners. The sudden retirement of AB de Villiers who had been a lynchpin of the side for more than a decade is likely to be felt at some point of time in the series. The team would be hoping to continue with the form they have shown in the first game and defeat the hosts who have made a habit of looking clueless in the midst of crunch situations in the last couple of seasons.
We feel the 2nd ODI will see a keener contest than the first as Sri Lanka would like to put up a fight. But given the kind of form they have been in the recent past we expect South Africa to win this contest.