When: Wednesday, August 1 at 2:30 PM Local time
Where: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
What to expect: While the pitch is expected to be batting friendly, showers are forecast during the day
Sri Lanka: With the World Cup on their minds, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had hinted that they’ll be keen to try out a few combinations, although it is unlikely that they’ll make changes early in the series.
Probable XI: Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara
South Africa: The visitors are likely to persist with the same eleven that helped them take a lead in the series.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
Sri Lanka vs South Africa match stats
- In the last eight ODI’s between the two nations in Sri Lanka prior to the first ODI on Sunday, Sri Lanka have won five times, with South Africa winning three.
- The last match saw South Africa win by five wickets.
Recent ODI records:
L – South Africa (196/5) beat Sri Lanka (193) by 5 wickets.
W – Sri Lanka (221) beat Bangladesh (142/9) by 79 runs.
W – Sri Lanka (83/0) beat Bangladesh (82) by 10 wickets.
W – Sri Lanka (202/5) beat Zimbabwe (198) by 5 wickets.
L – Bangladesh (320/7) beat Sri Lanka (157) by 163 runs.
W – South Africa (196/5) beat Sri Lanka (193) by 5 wickets.
L – India (206/2) beat South Africa (204) by 8 wickets.
L – India (274/7) beat South Africa (201) by 73 runs.
W – South Africa (207/5) beat India (289/7) by 5 wickets.
L – India (303/6) beat South Africa (179) by 124 runs.
Sri Lanka and South Africa return to action on Wednesday in the second ODI in a five match Series. The first match saw South Africa run out fairly comfortable winners after a tough Test Series had seen them lose 2-0. Sri Lanka went in to bat first and were blown away as both Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi took four wickets each to cripple the host’s batting lineup. The hosts could only muster 193 all out from 34.3 overs as Kusal Perera’s 81 saved the side from further embarrassment. In reply, South Africa were able to knock off their target inside 31 overs for the loss of five wickets, with JP Duminy seeing the side home with an unbeaten half-century.
South Africa go into the second match of the five-match series 1-0 up, and they will be full of confidence after putting their Test series loss behind them in the best way possible. Sri Lanka on the other hand need to wrestle some of the momentum back after the defeat, with another loss on Wednesday meaning they would have to win the final three matches in a row in order to win the series.
The game itself will likely prove to be a very interesting one considering the states of the two nations. South Africa were in desperate need of a win after losing both Tests, while Sri Lanka have suddenly gone from hugely confident, to having a bruised ego following defeat.