Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
South Africa 363/7 (50) – 285 (45.2) Sri Lanka
SA won by 78 runs
ODI 3 of 5 (SA leads 3-0)
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- Date: August 05, 2018
- Time: 4:15 AM UTC
- Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
SL vs SA 3rd ODI Betting Odds
- Sri Lanka have been in bad run of form and their batting doesn’t seem to be clicking at the moment
- South African top order is in great form and have made the two chases look easy so far
- Sri Lanka are struggling to play against quality pace attack and this is leading to poor starts
Our Prediction: South Africa will win this encounter against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s woeful run of form in ODIs continues as the team is going from one low to another. Arguably one of the strongest sides to beat at home not too long ago they are low on confidence and have made losing a habit. There was a ray of hope for the Sri Lankan fans after they won the Test Series versus the South Africans comprehensively but being 0-2 down in the ODIs they would be playing to survive in the 5 Match series. South Africa will be going into the game with great bit of confidence having dominated the two games so far. In both these games the visitors minus ABD have been clinical to say the least.
If there is one constant for the Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews it is the list of worries. Batting, bowling and even fielding – the islanders seem to have lost the trick on how to win a game. If the batting failed miserably in the first ODI the bowling posed no threat to the opposition in the second game. Upul Tharanga who has been the only man scoring runs for the last 12 months is struggling at the top in this series. The top order collectively is failing the team with the first five batsmen failing to impress. It was 35 for 5 in the 1st ODI and 56 for 3 in the second game. Kusal Mendis is finding it tough to bat against the pace of Rabada and Ngidi. The form they are in can be well-judged from the fact that they have won of 8 out of their 36 games since the start of 2017 six of these wins have come against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
The bowling attack seems ordinary even on spin friendly home conditions which would have surely created worries for the team management. Sri Lanka always won on the strength of their spinners at home and in both the games of the series so far and for quite some time they have looked anything but threatening. Young off spinner Shehan Jayasuriya and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan aren’t inspiring confidence for the captain. With Mathews himself playing as a batsman in the side the bowling attack lacks the teeth to contain the South African side. In both the previous games in Dambulla the home side never came even close to scaring the opposition. It will require something special from the batsman to win against the visitors.
South African team didn’t come to Sri Lanka with the best of form in ODIs. The humiliating 1-4 loss to India earlier in the year raised serious doubts about the team with a year to go for the World Cup. Putting behind the horrors of the Test Series last month they have been clinical in the first 2 ODIs as they would look to take an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the series. The top-order is firing and both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have registered runs in the two games so far. Aiden Markram’s failures were washed about by the wins but it would bother the team management as he is seen as a future star. Skipper Faf du Plessis has been showing good form with the bat and would be proud of how his side has easily won the two games.
Like in the first game Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen in the second game too. The sheer pace that the two are able to generate off the surface is posing problems for the home side. Tabraiz Shamsi who had an excellent day in the first game impressed in the second game as well though he went wicket less. The fact that they bowled out the home side in the first game and would have repeated the same if not for Angelo Mathews’ patient 79 in the second game will help their confidence.
The 3rd ODI looks all set to go South Africa’s way both in terms of form and team strength. Sri Lanka has to win this one to survive and they would have to do something extra ordinary to avoid adding another loss to their extraordinarily bad run of form.