A resurgent Sri Lanka would look to finish off the limited-overs series against South Africa on a high by winning the one-off T20I against the Proteas at Colombo on Tuesday. Sri Lanka bounced back from 3-0 down in ODI series to suffer 3-2 series loss. And that would be motivating enough for Sri Lanka to do a better job in the one-off T20I against South Africa. The Proteas, however, would like to finish off the tour on a winning note. Cricwizz takes a look at strengths, weaknesses of two teams ahead of the first T20I between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka strengths
Competitive and winning momentum
Sri Lanka have done well in the last two ODIs against South Africa after they looked in danger to be rolled 5-0 in the ODI series. They won the last two ODIs by the skin of their teeth. Angelo Mathews came to the party in the fifth ODI, hitting a match-winning 97* and Akila Dananjaya took 6/29 in the match. Rest of the batting and bowling line-up too has been contributing with their decent performances. Sri Lanka have their tails up now.
Sri Lanka weaknesses
It’s Sri Lanka’s nature to be world-beaters in one game and mediocre in the next in limited-overs cricket. They lost the first three ODIs, but came back strongly to win the next two. Although momentum is on Sri Lanka’s side, they are, however, are suspect to inconsistent form. And expect them to self-destruct in the one-off T20I.
South Africa strengths
Depth in batting and bowling
South Africa have depth in batting and bowling as they have quality limited-overs batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. Although faf will be missing from the one-off T20I, South Africa have enough firepower in their line-up. They have Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, David Miller in the line-up who are explosive T20 batsmen. In the bowling front, they have Lungi Ngidi, K Rabada, who can run through a bowling line-up on their day.
South Africa weaknesses
Can they survive a resurgent Sri Lanka?
South Africa will be facing a resurgent Sri Lanka who have posted two consecutive wins in ODIs. Sri Lanka tails will be up and they will look to finish off the series on a high. Can the tiring visitors get the better of Sri Lanka in the last leg of the tour?
Prediction: Sri Lanka would start favourite in the match as they have won two straight ODIs. South Africa, however, would come hard at Sri Lanka to finish off the tour on a high. Our vote goes to Sri Lanka.
Possible winner: Sri Lanka