After suffering defeats in the Test series, the hosts have retracted back in a best possible way to seal the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Below is a detailed analysis by Cricket Tips. Get the best betting tips and predictions about the match.
Hosts have been favorite throughout the series. Entering into the fifth and the final ODI, hosts would be eyeing for a clean sweep. Cricket Tips analyses the wide gap between the two team’s formation as it has been evident on the ground. Sri Lanka seems to be the only underprepared team entering the world level tournament. South Africa, on the other hand, seems to have got their blocks fit in the right place.
South Africa is gearing up to host Sri Lanka for the final ODI at Newlands after sealing the series in first four matches. South Africa would be looking for a whitewash while visitors need to bolt from the blue for a win. This would be the last match for both the teams ahead of ICC World Cup, so both teams would be looking to line up the best of the players.
Cricket Tips favorite South Africa has been dominant in limited-overs cricket. And the results of this series showcase their ability.
The Proteas have a great combination of experienced and emerging players which gives them an edge over their counterparts. JP Duminy has been the main holding strength in the middle order for South Africa. It would be fascinating to watch him play as he calls it a day for 50 overs cricket after the World Cup.
Sri Lanka seems to have lost their hold in limited-overs cricket as they are still struggling to figure out the suitable line-up. Sri Lanka team has been in complete chaos. Their performance has been ordinary.
After the visitor’s convincing victory in Test series, they were the favorites for ODI series but this has not been the case.
With cricket mega-event ahead, Lanka Lions needs to work out on weak areas to prevent from knockout on the world stage. They would be looking to end the series on a high note and look forward to the T20 series.
Quinton de Cock has taken the charge with the bat with scores above 50 in last four matches.
Sri Lanka has been bowled out in three of the four matches with South African bowlers cleaning their skills ahead of World Cup.
Pitch Conditions- Newlands is one of the most admired cricket grounds of the world situated at the top of the table top mountain. Cricket Tips feel that it would assist the bowlers with both swing and bounce.
Expectations- Last few ODI at Newlands have resulted in 300+ scores. So Cricket Tips expect the 300+ score if South Africa bats first. The team batting first has won two matches out of the last three. Weather won’t be much important factor in the match.
South Africa: Reeza Hendricks again failed to use his opportunity at the opening. So, Markram would be a suitable choice to open the batting, with Rassie van der Dussen should replace Hendricks.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera will still not be available and Sri Lanka don’t have a lot of options to play with. Angelo Perera might be given a chance.
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis(w), Priyamal Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga(c), Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen
Cricket Tips cricket prediction is that South Africa will continue their clean run in the series and eye for the ICC World Cup.