SL vs SA 2nd ODI Match Prediction - Who will win today's second ODI?

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd ODI Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between SL vs SA?

Temba Bavuma has been ruled out the series due to a thumb injury.

Sri Lanka cricket team
Sri Lanka cricket team. (Photo by Isuru Sameera Peiris/Gallo Images)

Preview 

South Africa and Sri Lanka are all set to take part in a three-match ODI series, starting Saturday, September 4 at the R Premadasa Stadium. The Lankans won the opening game by 14 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Avishka Fernando scored a sparkling century to carry the Islanders to glory. In the meantime, South Africa have been jolted with a blow after Temba Bavuma was ruled out of the series due to a thumb injury.

Keshav Maharaj will be leading the Proteas in his place. Without their regular skipper, it will be interesting to see how the visiting team stage a comeback in the series.

Match Details

Match – Sri Lanka vs South Africa – 2nd ODI

Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Time – 02:30 PM IST, 09:00 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV

Pitch Report

The pitch in Colombo was an excellent one for batting. Both teams scored freely last time around. The spinners and pacers also got help in equal proportion. Batting second should remain as the way forward for both teams.

Avg score: 263 (39 ODIs in Colombo since January 2010)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 20, Lost – 17, N/R – 2

Playing combination for SL vs SA

Sri Lanka

Predicted XI

Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama

Bench:  Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Nuwan Pradeep

South Africa

Predicted XI

Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen (w), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Bench: Wiaan Mulder, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams, Lutho Sipamla, George Linde

SL vs SA Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 78 | Sri Lanka – 32 |South Africa – 44 | N/R – 1 | Tied- 1

In Sri Lanka

Played – 25 | Sri Lanka – 17 |South Africa – 7 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 1

Probable best batsman of the match

Aiden Markram– South Africa

Aiden Markram bowled brilliantly in the first match of the series. Opening the batting for the Proteas, he notched 96 runs off 90 balls with the help of four sixes and five fours. He looked good for a century before Praveen Jayawickrama accounted for his wicket. He would now want to carry on from where he left off in the previous game of the series.

Probable best bowler of the match

Keshav Maharaj- South Africa

Keshav Maharaj has been excellent with the ball of late. In the first ODI of the series, he picked up two wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksha and Dhananjaya de Silva. Moreover, he was the most economical bowler for the Proteas in the series. He also bowled a maiden and conceded only 30 runs at an economy rate of three.

Today’s match prediction: South Africa to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.