A dominant ODI series for South Africa against Sri Lanka concludes at Newlands, Cape Town, as the hosts look to wrap up a series whitewash in the fifth and final game. The match is scheduled for March 16 and the live action begins at 13:00 local time.
SA vs SL, 5th ODI: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: SuperSport, Sony Six, PTV Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, Fox Sports, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, Astro Cricket, OSN Sports, Star Cricket, GTV
Live streaming: SonyLiv, SuperSport Live, Now TV, Willow TV Online
SA vs SL Toss Prediction
Both teams have won the toss twice so far, and both have elected to field each time. With South Africa just as happy setting a score as chasing, it may not make much difference which team wins the toss.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI.
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
South Africa have taken advantage of their dominance in this series to test the form and fitness of several players. JP Duminy returned from injury last time out, while Dale Steyn started for the first time in this series and likewise in-form Aiden Markram., who has excelled in the Momentum One Day Cup since the test series ended. Hashim Amla was also due to join the squad for the final two games but withdrew on compassionate leave. With Newlands tending to offer spin, both Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir could play – as they did in the third game.
SA Key Players
Quinton de Kock has been in superb batting form in SA vs SL ODI series. He kicked off with scores of 81 and 94, before hit 121 helped wrap up a series win in the third match. Another half-century saw him to score last time out and he now has 347 runs in the series.
He has outshone captain Faf du Plessis, despite his own fine 50-over form. His unbeaten 112 in the first game in the series was his 11th ODI century and he has scored 57, 36 and 43 in the three games since.
Aiden Markram was called up to bolster the batting ranks after some superb domestic form, meanwhile – if he can recapture the form that saw him hit 169, 139 and 85 in three back-to-back innings for Titans, he could make a late charge for the World Cup squad.
The bowlers have shared the wickets around, meanwhile, with Imran Tahir claiming seven from three games so far. He could bowl in tandem with Tabraiz Shamsi at Newlands.In the pace attack, Lungi Ngidi has seven wickets from four games, while Anrich Nortje has taken six from three. Dale Steyn should never be discounted either – he returned to the team to claim 1-32 last time out.
SA Team Form
South Afirca have now won their last five ODI series, with Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis central to their most recent success. De Kock’s batting form has been the South African highlight of this series as he followed up a key half-century in the win against Pakistan with scores of 81, 94, 121 and 51 so far. Du Plessis’ captain’s innings in the first match, hitting an unbeaten 112 on his way to 248 runs in the four matches so far, also highlighted his great recent form. The end result has been South Africa dominating Sri Lanka – the hosts won the first match by eight wickets after bowling Sri Lanka out for 231, and followed it with a 113-run win at Centurion as they dismissed the tourists for 138.
The series was sealed after they hit 331/5 in the third match Sri Lanka finished 71 runs short of a rain revised 193 from 24 overs. Finally, last time out, despite Sri Lanka recovering from 97/7 to post 189 all out, South Africa made light work of chasing it down to win by six wickets.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Norje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
With Kusal Perera ruled out with a hamstring injury, Priyamal Perera made his ODI debut last time out – one of three changes from the third ODI as Dhananjaya de Silva and Upul Tharanga also replaced Akila Dananjaya and Niroshan Dickwella. With World Cup places very much up for grabs, there could be some more rotation for Sri Lanka for the final game.
SL Key Players
Isuru Udana provided some rare highlights for Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI – claiming the man of the match award after his 78 from 57 balls batting at number nine, including a 58-run tenth-wicket partnership in which Kasun Rajitha did not score. Udana – who has impressed in T20 tournaments in the past year – previously claimed 2-50 with the ball in the third ODI.
Lasith Malinga leads the bowling attack, however. The veteran captain has three wickets in this series but ten in his last seven ODIs in total and five in the warm-up match for this series in between.
In this series alone, Dhananjaya de Silva leads the way with five wickets to his name, and an economy rate of 5.31 runs per over which actually makes him one of the meaner Sri Lankan bowlers.
With the bat, Kusal Mendis is the only other Sri Lankan to have passed a half-century so far – which he did in the first game – and he has 146 runs in total from the four games.
SL Team Form
Sri Lanka’s last seven ODIs have ended in defeat, and their most recent win was a dead rubber too – in a 3-1 series defeat to England. Having also lost to New Zealand in between, Sri Lanka’s ODI form has been summed up by this series – in which their batting has fallen well below standard.
Dismissed for 231 in the first game, as they headed for an eight-wicket defeat, they were then bowled out for 138 chasing 252 to win the second game – undoing Thisara Perera’s good work with the ball, as he claimed 3-26 in his 150th ODI.Rain affected the next match, after Sri Lanka had conceded 331/5, with the tourists’ 121/5 from 24 overs some 71 runs short of the D/L target.
Last time out, the batsmen let them down again. Isuru Udana’s late hitting led them to an at least respectable 189 all out, but it ultimately counted for nothing as South Africa claimed a comfortable six-wicket win.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SA : W W W W W
SL : L L L L L
SA vs SL Head to Head
Four wins from four in this series means of the previous 75 ODIs South Africa have played against Sri Lanka, they have won 42 of them. They have also won seven of the most recent nine, with Sri Lanka’s only two wins – which takes them to 31 in total in this fixture – coming after South Africa had already wrapped up a series win.
Lungi Ngidi was the bowling star for South Africa in that series and that has continued in this one too, while Quinton de Kock’s batting has blown Sri Lanka away most recently – his run of four big scores in this series putting him far ahead of any of the tourists’ batsmen in the run-scoring charts.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds
South Africa are, unsurprisingly, comfortably favourites to wrap up a series win with Bet365 offering 1.20 on the hosts and 4.50 on Sri Lanka.
Quinton de Kock has been their main man with the bat, and after four superb innings so far he is 3.40 to be their top batsman once again in this fifth ODI. Faf du Plessis (4.33 with Bet365) has also been in great ODI form, however, and could be a good alternative.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis is 5.00 and the only front-line batsman to have performed anywhere near his best so far.
Newlands could spin, meanwhile – it is a rarity in South African cricket in that it favours turn – and Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi could be the men to watch for the hosts with the ball. Imran Tahir is 3.75 with Bet365 to be their best bowler, while Shamsi is 5.00.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Prediction
Sri Lanka’s dreadful ODI form has continued into this series and South Africa can wrap up a series whitewash by winning at Newlands.
Back South Africa to beat Sri Lanka at 1.20 with Bet365.