Prediction – Sri Lanka takes on South Africa for One Off T20I

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Info:

Date of match: August 14, 2018

Time of Match: 19:00 IST

Location of Match: Khett­­arama Ground, Colombo

Format: T20

Team A: Sri Lanka

Team B: South Africa

Team A Captain: Angelo Matthews

Team B Captain: Quinton De Kock


In the last five T20 games played between the two sides, Sri Lanka has had the better of the results winning three out of the five games. Although these stats matter a little in the shortest format of the game Sri Lanka after losing the ODI series would want to take some confidence from the same.

Angelo Matthews talked about being less dependent on the spinning pitches to register wins. With every team’s sight set on the World Cup next year, he wants his team to start winning games even on flat surfaces. So, it would be interesting if any heed would be given to Skipper’s demand especially since they lost the ODI series.

For Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal will make a comeback post the one match ban because of the ball tampering issue in West Indies. He along with the skipper Angelo Matthews, Kusal Perera would be key to their chances. Thisara Perera with his all-round abilities will be as important as ever. With Sri Lankan management re-instating his importance Perera will be keen to perform here.

For South Africa, Faf Du Plessis is out of the series due to the injury in one of ODI series and Quinton De Kock is going to lead SA. Keeping future in mind post the World Cup SA are already looking to groom him as their next skipper. He would be looking to make an impression here. South Africa aren’t short on batting firepower. With Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock at the top, no bowling line up can afford to relax. However, they may give the rest to Hashim Amla. Another batsman to watch out for will be Henrich Klassen who despite an average showing at IPL will be a handful against the Sri Lankan spinners. His past success against Indian spin twin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav should keep him in good stead.

South African bowling line up is as strong as ever led by Kagiso Rabada who might be rested for this game. In his absence, the bowling attack will be led by Lungi Ngidi and supported by Junior Dala and allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo. The only challenge for this bowling line up is the slow surface of Colombo. They will have to bring in all the variations to stay ahead in the game.

It is going to be to be the battle again between the bowling of Sri Lanka and South Africa’s batting. How South African batsmen adjust against the spin bowling of Sri Lanka will be the key. With focus mostly on hitting in T20s, it won’t be easy for batsmen against the variations of Lankan spinners.


From the outside with under one year to go for the Fifty over world cup the significance of this game may not be much. But for both these teams, any victory would mean a lot for different reasons. Sri Lanka has been short of confidence in recent times especially when it comes to limit over internationals while SA will be without their skipper Faf Du Plessis. Teams will largely move away from their senior most men post the World Cup so keeping future in mind these T20s will be a good start for teams to introduce young talents. With Sri Lanka winning the Test Series and South Africa clinching the ODI series come August 14th both these teams would be up for it and would want to take the bragging rights of winning more series on a tour than the other.


  • Angelo Matthews
  • Kusal Perera
  • Upul Tharanga
  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Kusal Mendis
  • Akila Dhananjaya
  • Thisara Perera
  • Lakshan Sandakan
  • Dasun Shanaka
  • Isuru Udana
  • Kasun Rajitha


  • Quniton De Kock
  • JP Duminy
  • Henrich Klassen
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Reeza Hendrics
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Willem Mulder
  • Tabrej Shamsi
  • CJ Dala
  • Tabrez Shamsi

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As has been the growing trend in the T20s being played all over any side that wins the toss would invariably want to Bat second. However, if the track is extremely dry as can be the case in Sri Lanka sides may want to bat first. Still, you would expect teams to bat second 9 out of 10 times.


Pitches in Sri Lanka tend to be less conducive to high scores due to their dry nature. However, T20s demands games to be high scoring hence, the pitch should be flat. Also, because of the demand of their skipper to play on fair flat surfaces, it would be a surprise if this isn’t a flat surface.


Sri Lanka despite losing the ODI series will start as the favourite because of familiarity with their home conditions. They have the firepower to get better of South Africa in T20 especially due to the unavailability of skipper Faf Du Pleassis. Sri Lanka enabled by the destructive Kusal Perera and with calm heads of Angelo Matthews, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis will back themselves to get better of Ngidi and company.

Who will Win? – Sri Lanka
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, Kusal Perera
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 4, Lakshan Sandakan
Most Sixes – Kusal Perera

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