Who will win South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Match?
The 3rd and the last match of the test series between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be played on January 12, 2017. The match will be played at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and the live action will begin at 10:00 local time.
Read ahead for our prediction of the 3rd test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017.
Over the years, the New Wanderers Stadium has not seen a big score in test cricket, so the team that wins the toss is recommended to bowl first, in order to make the chase a little easier.
Kyle Abbott will not be playing the last test against Sri Lanka because of his deal with Hampshire. Duanne Olivier is likely to replace him.
Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, and JP Duminy have scored well in the first 2 matches in the series. The batting side also has Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis who are good and experienced players, and can support the team well. South Africa has good bowlers who are proving their worth by their performance in this series. Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, and Keshav Maharaj have taken a lot of wickets in the previous matches and will be the key to defeating Sri Lanka in this match as well.
South Africa have won 2 out of the 3 matches to be played and therefore have already won the series against Sri Lanka. They will likely continue to play in their current form and try to make a clean sweep.
South Africa Predicted XI
Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier.
The Sri Lankan team is likely to go ahead for the third test match against New Zealand without any major changes in the team, and none of the players have been reported to be injured.
The batting side of the Sri Lankan team has been playing very weak. Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, and Kaushal Silva have given decent performances in both matches, along with a few runs from the rest of the batsmen to put up a respectable score on the board for the team. The bowlers have performed better in comparison to the batsmen and have taken some very important wickets against South Africa, but still lacked the power to stop the South African batsmen. Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, and Lahiru Kumara have bowled well and the team will be hoping for them to play stronger in this match.
Sri Lanka have played 2 matches in this series so far and lost both of them. They've been playing weak and the team needs to raise their game in order to get at least one win in the series.
Sri Lanka Predicted XI
Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dhananjaya de Silva.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Head to Head in Tests
South Africa have played 2 matches against Sri Lanka in this series and have won both of them. Overall, the two teams have played 15 matches in the last 15 years, and South Africa have won 9 of them.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Betting Odds
South Africa have been playing very well and are in a good form, their odds to win are 1.25 with betfair and 1.28 with bet365. Sri Lanka are not in their best form and are struggling to win, their odds being 13.00 with betfair and bet365. The odds of them the match ending up in a draw are 4.8 with betfair and 5.00 with bet365.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Prediction
South Africa are playing strong in both batting and bowling departments, even with the absence of big players like AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Morne Morkel. The team is in high spirits as they've already won the series by winning the first 2 matches. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are not playing in their best form currently and will be making their best effort to win at least one match to keep their head high.
South Africa have a strong team and are playing stronger than Sri Lanka, and we predict them to win this match.