Sri Lanka vs South Africa 5th ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
- Sri Lanka will be playing in their fortress Colombo where they have a wonderful record over the years
- The pitch at Colombo is expected to assist spinners and South African fast bowlers don’t have it easy
- South African top order is in brilliant form and they are likely to continue with the momentum
- Sri Lanka have struggled in this series so far with their top order which only fired in the 4th game
- South African team bats deep which is important in close contests and have better hitters than the Lankans
Our Prediction: It would be a close contest but South Africa has the edge
After being down and out before the SL vs SA 4th ODI game and losing the 5-Match Series 3-0 host Sri Lanka bounced back must to the cheer of their fans. While the victory margin of 3 runs may look small in a rain curtailed game but when the hosts scored 306 batting first in their allotted 39 overs, it was always going to be a stiff ask for the visitors. It was the Sri Lankan batting that finally came good in the series with the top order showing maturity. The home side which has been struggling for form for almost two years were being let down by their batting so far earning their 9th ODI win in 38 games since the start of 2017. The final ODI at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo promises to be a close encounter.
It there was something bothering the home side most was their top order. In the first 3 ODIs they had opening partnerships of 2, 13 and 20. Upul Tharang’s form was a worry as he is their best batsmen but he along with Niroshan Dickwella gave a steady start and set up an opening partnership of 61 runs. Kusal Perera who has been in form this series played a brisk 51 of 32 balls. But it was Thisara Perera and young all-rounder Dasun Shanaka who helped take Lankans past the 300 run mark with a partnership of 109 in 67 balls. Shanaka’s 56 came off 34 balls and included 9 boundaries. It was a well gelled unit that fired against two of the highest rated bowlers in the world.
If the batsmen did a great job in the first innings the bowlers showed better application compared to the first three games. With the match reduced to 21 overs the visitors went into a blitzkrieg mode and brought up 50 by the 5th over. But after that the home side showed some discipline in their bowling picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Skipper Angelo Mathews would have been pleased with Thisara Perera’s performance and picked 2 for 32 in his 4 overs. Suranga Lakmal who didn’t start of well came good in the final over of the game and defended the 8 runs that the visitors required for a win. Mathews and his men would like to carry the momentum to their fortress Colombo where they enjoy a healthy win record.
While his team may have lost the last game South African skipper Quinton de Kock standing in for their regular skipper Faf du Plessis who has been ruled out of the series wouldn’t have lots to worry as his key players did play their part in a game which they nearly won turning it into a T20 contest. He scored runs as did his fellow opener Hashim Amla and the two have given good starts so far in the series.
While Reeza Hendricks who scored a hundred on debut in the last game missed out, JP Duminy was also among runs in the game. A collapse in the lower middle order may have cost them the match but in games of rain disruptions the side batting second always has to attempt being ahead of the scoring rate and in the process often loses wickets.
In the bowling department Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were tested for the first time in the series and went for a few runs. This would be sign of worry for the captain as Sri Lankan side would fancy scoring runs against other bowlers like they did in the 4th game. Colombo’s pitch is known to assist the spinners more and the fast bowling duo would have to bend their backs more to get something off the track. Other bowlers had an off day as most of them leaked runs which allowed the hosts to pile up such a big score.
Its 3-1 in the series in South Africa’s favour and Quinton de Kock would like his men to deliver the knockout punch in the Sri Lanka vs South Africa 5th ODI. The Sri Lankan team would definitely like to play for pride and their fans. While it would be a close game the South Africans are too good a team to repeat the same mistakes and hold the edge.