After a convincing 8 wickets win in the first ODI in Johannesburg, South Africa will be keen to continue their winning momentum when they face off Sri Lanka in the second ODI at SuperSport Park in Centurion tomorrow.
In the first ODI South Africa's performance was top class. Lungi Ngidi made a good comeback with three wickets, Imran Tahir was economical and also sent back three batsmen to pavilion, debutant Anrich Nortze looked good and only Rabada looked out of touch and he needs to strike with the new ball to put early pressure on Sri Lanka. In batting Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were outstanding and they'll hope Reeza Hendricks too will come good in Centurion. Wiaan Mulder and Pretorious didn't have a good match but they have another opportunity to impress.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka's poor form in ODI cricket continues and they have to play exceptionally well to pull things back. Their openers aren't giving a good start, middle order batsmen get starts but unable to convert them into big innings and lower order collapsing. They need to work on all these things then only they'll be able to put a good total on the board. In bowling Akila Dananjaya, Vishwa Fernando and Malinga looked good but they need enough runs to put pressure on South African batting line up.
Team News -
If South Africa rotates their bowlers then Kagiso Rabada might be rested for Dale Steyn. And Sri Lanka too should go with an unchanged eleven.
Probable XI -
South Africa - Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortze, and Imran Tahir.
Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan.
All the major stats and facts ahead of the second ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Centurion :
Head to Head -
|Venue||ODIs||Won by SA||Won by SL||Tied||NR|
1 - Kagiso Rabada needs only 1 more wicket to complete 100 wickets in ODI cricket.
2 - South Africa have won 2 of the 3 ODIs they played against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
5 - Dale Steyn needs 5 more wickets to reach 200 wickets in ODI cricket. He has taken 195 wickets at an average of 25.92 in 124 ODIs.
40 - Faf du Plessis needs 40 more runs to achieve the milestone of 5000 ODI runs. He will be the 10th South African batsman to do so.
65 - Upul Tharanga needs 74 more runs to complete 7000 ODI runs. He will be the 8th Sri Lankan batsman to achieve this feat.
74.37 - Quinton de Kock's ODI batting average at SuperSport Park, Centurion. He has scored 595 runs in 8 innings with 4 hundreds at this venue including his career best of 178.
150 - Thisara Perera is set to make his 150th appearance for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket.