Sri Lanka vs South Africa 4th ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
SL 306/7 (39.0 Ovs)
RSA 187/9 (21.0 Ovs)
Sri Lanka won by 3 runs (DLS Method)
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- Date: August 08, 2018
- Time: 9:00 AM UTC
- Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
SL vs SA 4th ODI Betting Odds
- Sri Lanka hasn’t won a game in this ground since 2015 having lost their lost four previous encounters here.
- South Africa has lost just once to Sri Lanka in ODIs since 2014 which makes it 12 games won out of 13.
- Sri Lankan top order is failing every game and this is creating troubles for them. If they click they definitely have a chance.
- South African opening bowlers are too hot to handle for the hosts at the moment and they are expected to keep the momentum going.
- Sri Lanka may have found the answer to hitting other South African bowlers and they are expected to exploit this here.
Our Prediction: South Africa has the momentum going and expected to win
The script was similar as it has been for more than a year now. The Sri Lankan team again failed to inspire the confidence of their fans as the visitors South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-Match ODI series. A career best 84 from lower order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva propelled the team to 285 but the home side were never in the game having lost the top order cheaply chasing a challenging total of 364 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in the 3rd ODI. The Sri Lankans who seemed to have made amends with their form with impressive performance in the ODI series are looking meek for the South Africans in the ODIs. With 8 wins in 37 games since the start of 2017 they have little going their way in this format.
There is not much scope for settling in while chasing a target of 364 and the Sri Lankan top order that has played poorly so far didn’t give the start the team expected. They kept loosing wickets at regular intervals loosing half their side for 124 in the 20th over. Most batsmen threw away their wickets trying to get boundaries when there were none on offer. Upul Tharanga’s poor run of form in this ODI series is affecting the side as he has been the only bright spot for the side in the last couple of years. Niroshan Dickwella is having a horrible series. Kusal Perera showed some application but fell when he was looking set. Same was the case with Thisara Perera and skipper Angelo Mathews who got the starts but failed to capitalize on them. Only Dhananjaya de Silva showed some character with the bat and Mathews would have also been happy with Akila Dananjaya who made a gritty 37.
Bowling remains the biggest worry for the Lankan side and every game it is their bowlers that have failed to deliver. No bowler created troubles for the visitors in the SL vs SA 3rd ODI and Mathews used six of them with everyone going for more than 6 runs an over. Suranga Lakmal going for runs made it worse as he has been the best bowler for the side for a while. Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya who had impressed in the first two ODIs had a bad day and this hurt the home side. In these conditions one would expect the Lankan spinners to give a tough time to South African batsmen but they hit him to all corners of the ground. Sri Lanka has only pride to play for and they would look to bring back smile on the faces of their fans in the next game.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis couldn’t have asked for more from his side after they lost the two test matches disgracefully earlier in the tour. Like the previous two ODIs it was an all-round show from the batsmen and the bowlers which helped South Africans defeat the home side comprehensively. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock fell early while his opening partner Hashim Amla played a good knock of 59. But it was debutant Reeza Hendricks who stole the show with bringing up a hundred which puts him the company of 13 other cricketers who have scored a hundred in their first game. JP Duminy looked solid for his 92 and sadly missed out on a hundred. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo’s fireworks in the end ensured that South African posed a huge score which rather looked impossible for the Sri Lankans to chase at the end of the first innings.
The form of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi has been helping the visitors tame the hosts in this ODI series. Sri Lankan batsmen have found their fiery pace too hot to handle which means that in every game they have ripped apart the top order. Defending a big score the two hit the right spots and got early wickets. If Rabada was containing the hosts Ngidi was picking up wickets on the other end. He picked three of the top four finishing with 4 for 57. The only worry for du Plessis would be the performance of his other bowlers who went for lot of runs when de Silva took them on. All in all South Africans only need to maintain the momentum given the wide gap between the two sides in terms of talent and application.
By logic South Africans should win the 4th ODI of the series but having already won it 3-0 the captain would hope his side aren’t complacent. Sri Lanka has only pride to play for and can only improve from here. So the fourth game is expected to be a close contest but South Africans definitely have the edge.