Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI Match Preview: South Africa won by 14 runs on Thursday. With that win, they take a 1-0 lead in the series. Avishka Fernando set the tone for the win with a swashbuckling knock of 118 runs off 115 balls.
He stitched vital partnerships with Dhananjaya de Silva and Asalanka to help Sri Lanka post a competitive total. He added 79 runs with Silva and 97 runs with Asalanka. De Silva scored 44, while Asalanka scored 72 runs. There wasn’t too much contribution from the tail but Sri Lanka still managed to score 300 runs in the first innings.
South Africa, in reply, lost Janneman Malan (23 off 31) in the 10th over before Bavuma and Markram exhibited a range of strokes for close to 20 overs. Bevuma, unfortunately, hit his thumb and had to go off the field after scoring 38 off 53. Consequently, he has been ruled out of the entire Sri Lanka tour.
Markram was the star performer for South Africa. He produced a brilliant 96-run knock and gave South Africa’s hopes alive. He scored 96 before getting out in the 30th over. Rassie Van der Dussen, however, kept going and took South Africa to as close to the total as possible. He scored 59 off 59 balls. However, his wicket in the 46th turned the momentum completely towards Sri Lanka.
With 41 needed in 25 balls, South Africa fell short of 14 runs. The second ODI is scheduled to be played at R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2021
Match: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI
Date and Time: September 4, 2021, Saturday, 02:30 PM IST
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI Probable XI
Here’s a look at the probable playing XI of both teams for the second ODI:
Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera (wk), Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando
Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj (c), Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Janneman Malan
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