The wicket will be useful for batting and either team wouldn’t fret batting first or chasing.
Ethically Sri Lanka have a high ground however one-day cricket is an alternate ball game. The Proteas were subdued in the Test arrangement however they will know it isn’t tied in with playing out any longer and things can change in shorter blasts too. The Lankans have made sense of one thing without a doubt, South Africans are out solace when the ball turns.
Faf du Plessis’ group has the class and the ability in the batting yet will they indicate enough demeanor, that remaining parts to be seen. ODI cricket is played on wickets that are compliment and the ball doesn’t do much yet regardless of whether it grasps, just backs off subsequent to pitching Sri Lanka will feel it does the trap.
Change in organize calls for change in outlook and the Proteas need to run in with run of the mill ODI approach and plan their diversion around the spinners in the event that they need to stay away from any kind of hazard.
The first ODI will be played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. It is a good batting wicket and either team won’t mind batting first – runs on the board is always an advantage in limited-overs cricket. The slower bowlers might just have an advantage in the second half with wear and tear on the wicket, not a lot but can make some difference.
Sri Lanka could have a few problems in the batting department as they will miss Dinesh Chandimal and Danushka Gunathilaka both of whom are serving suspensions. But they will feel comfortable with the names that are available in the ranks Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, another Kusal in Mendis are good players at home.
The two allrounders skipper Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera will play dual roles, they are also the most experienced players in the line-up and will have to shoulder the load at times. A lot of factors suggest both teams will play two spinners for Sri Lanka their first choice is Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan would partner him.
Probable XI: Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (C), Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha
For South Africa to break the shackles the two main men Faf and Hashim Amla need to lead the way. They bat at the top and if one of them stays there and anchors the innings the younger guys in Aiden Markram, Willem Mulder and as they play Heinrich Klaasen and Reeza Hendricks can all get them the runs.
They will want to use this series to give the new names a chance but at the same time remain cautious enough as a win is the higher priority. Similar to Sri Lanka the visitors should also play both Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi to have variety in their attack. The pace bowling attack is led by Kagiso Rabada who is too good a bowler to depend on tracks and should manage to make his mark.
Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (C), Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Probable top performers
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) | Quinton de kock (South Africa)
The prediction is for Sri lanka to win the match.