At the floor, those are two groups wanting ODI Tremendous League issues. Sri Lanka are down at eleventh at the desk, with simplest two wins from 11 finished fits. South Africa are higher positioned, at tenth, with two wins from 5 finished video games. Extra importantly, despite the fact that, each are groups who’ve skilled really extensive upheaval during the last 12 months, and are desperately on the lookout for a recent id.
For South Africa, the fallout from the Social Justice and Country-Development hearings has been profound. One of the most maximum damning revelations have concerned trainer Mark Boucher – who’s with the group in Colombo. He has stated that he “deeply regrets” his movements all the way through the ones years, however as he’s now in control of an aspect this is led by way of a black African – Temba Bavuma – it’s most probably that critical soul-searching and discussions can have needed to have took place inside the group, forward of this collection. How all this may have an effect on South Africa’s on-field performances, we will be able to have to attend to determine. They’re, alternatively, coming from a drawn collection, during which they misplaced a tournament to Eire.
Sri Lanka’s disorder is easier in some way. They are enjoying underneath their 3rd limited-overs captain this 12 months, in Dasun Shanaka. They’re at critical possibility of getting to qualify for the 2023 Global Cup, given their woeful ODI performances within the first seven months of 2021. And even though their bowling is in respectable form, with Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera having been superb all the way through India’s excursion, their most sensible order stays brittle.
Shanaka, who himself comes into the collection with superb limited-overs shape following his exploits in a home T20 festival, is but to position his stamp in this group. Given the shelf-life of Sri Lanka’s limited-overs captains not too long ago, a sequence win right here will move far to shoring up his management.
At the technique entrance, it sort of feels as though Sri Lanka will use their conventional weapon towards South Africa: spin. There aren’t any fewer than 5 frontline spinners within the squad, in addition to two offspin-bowling allrounders.
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No matter else you could really feel about Akila Dananjaya, the person is tenacious. He is had repeated suspensions over his motion – together with a 12 months out of the sport when he was once discovered to be chucking a 2d time. However on each and every instance, he has labored on his motion and returned. There have additionally been unhealthy video games and dips in shape. However he by no means turns out to stick down for lengthy. From the sounds of Shanaka’s pre-match press convention, Sri Lanka are banking on spin for this tournament, which means that Dananjaya can have a vital position to play. Having leapfrogged Lakshan Sandakan within the earlier collection, towards India, Dananjaya will likely be prepared to impose himself as Sri Lanka’s 2d spinner (along Hasaranga), and make his position within the XI extra protected.
With David Miller nursing a hamstring harm for this collection, Heinrich Klaasen has a golden alternative to make a case for an enduring middle-order position. Klaasen performed in simplest one among South Africa’s 3 ODIs in Eire, after a deficient house collection towards Pakistan in April, the place he scored 16 runs in 3 innings after convalescing from Covid-19. However, he has the equipment to supply a lot more. Remaining 12 months, Klaasen loved an impressive run towards Australia, scoring his first ODI century and two fifties, and he additionally appears to be the most well liked selection because the reserve wicket-keeper. If he desires to be concerned within the construction procedure for 2023, that is likelihood to ensure he’s going to be.
Pitch and prerequisites
Be expecting the Khettarama floor to take a number of flip, because it frequently does when South Africa are on the town. There may be the opportunity of unhealthy climate interrupting play – afternoon thunderstorms have now not been unusual during the last few weeks.
Even if Kusal Perera is within the squad, group docs have prompt he’s going to most probably wish to increase his health for a couple of days but, which means that Minod Bhanuka is more likely to stay wicket and open the batting once more (despite the fact that Dinesh Chandimal is every other conserving possibility). Sri Lanka appear more likely to play 3 frontline spinners – left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama being the 3rd.
Sri Lanka (imaginable): 1 Avishka Fernando, 2 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Praveen Jayawickrama
South Africa are with out the likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Lungi Ngidi for this collection.
South Africa (imaginable): 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 Kyle Verreynne, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 George Linde, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
Stats and trivialities
Since 2010, Sri Lanka have received seven house ODIs towards South Africa and misplaced six. However South Africa have received the closing two collection there, securing a 3-2 lead to 2018, and 2-1 in 2014.
In Klaasen’s 3 ODI innings closing 12 months, he hit 242 runs at a strike fee of 106 (all towards Australia), and was once out simplest as soon as. This 12 months, he has made simplest 19 in 4 innings.
With Kusal more likely to be unavailable, Sri Lanka’s most-experienced participant stays Dhananjaya de Silva, with 53 ODI appearances.
“I do not imagine we’re compromising ourselves in the truth that we’re lacking some guys. It is a large alternative for people that are entering the group. Preferably if now we have a pool of 15 avid gamers that we will select to head and compete on the Global Cup, that is what we wish.”
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma at the prospect of enjoying with out key avid gamers
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf