Sri Lanka vs South Africa Only T20: Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips
Sri Lanka vs South Africa T20 Betting Tips
- Sri Lanka has lost last seven out of their nine T20 games they have played in the last 24 months.
- At Premadasa Stadium, Colombo they have a bad record having won only thrice in the 18 games they have played so far
- South Africa have more power hitters in their line-up and this helps them put up big scores and defend them
- Sri Lankan spinners have troubled the South Africans in two test and the last two ODIs where they won
- South Africa’s fast bowlers are in sublime form and it would be difficult for the Sri Lankans to score against them
Our Prediction: South Africa is favourites to win this game
The five match ODI series is done and dusted. Hosts Sri Lanka who was down and out in the first three games losing the series came back strongly in the last two games to lose it honourably 3-2. It was an incredible performance by the Sri Lankans in the last ODI played at the same ground where they defeated the visitors by massive 178 runs to expose their perennial weakness against spin bowling. With the Test and the ODI series being won by the hosts and visitors respectively all eyes now switch to the shortest format of the game as the two sides lock horns in the only T20i to bring an end to 5 week tour to the island nation.
Sri Lanka has had a great T20 record much like their ODI record where they have been a powerhouse for the last two decades. But what would worry the side most is their recent run of form at home. In the last 24 months they have won only two out of their nine T20 games played on home soil which will be one of the worst records for any major team at home. Their record at this ground is also one of their worst as they have won only three games out of 18 they have played at this ground since 2009. But skipper Angelo Mathews would like his team to repeat the performance of the last two ODIs and end this season with a high.
In terms of team composition the Mathews would he happy with the kind of form his team has hit in the last two games. The batting would rely on the captain along with Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera. Former skipper Dinesh Chandimal’s comeback after serving the ban would strengthen the batting order. In terms of bowling the side would rely mainly on its spinners especially on Akila Dananjaya who destroyed the South African side in the last ODI. The curators are likely to prepare a spin friendly pitch like they did for the last ODI and help the home side start with an advantage going into the contest.
The visitors would like to get out of the complacency mode. After three ODIs where they looked unbeatable they let the Sri Lankans steal the momentum going into the T20. While resting key players like Ngidi for the last ODI may have sounded logical it badly misfired and they had to pay the price and let the host put up a big total on the board which was definitely going to be difficult on turning conditions. But with big hitters in their side and a quality pace attack they would fancy their chances in the 20 over contest.
The visitors haven’t announced their squad as it but in all likelihood JP Duminy would lead the side in this game. The team would like to leave behind the horrors of the last game and would depend on the likes of Hashim Amla and big hitting David Miller to play important roles in the game. They would need to tackle the Sri Lankan spinners well to give their team a chance to win the game. But it would be the combination of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi who have to restrict the hosts in their quota of 8 overs as the rest of the bowling unit looks a little weak in these conditions. South Africa would bank of Sri Lanka’s poor run of form in the T20s in the recent times to win the game.
T20s can be difficult to predict but going into this contest South Africans are nose ahead of the Sri Lankans and are most likely to win this game.