After a thrilling win in the first ODI, Sri Lanka will be looking to wrap up the series with a win in the second game against South Africa and gain crucial ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points.
A win in the second ODI not only gives Sri Lanka the series win but would help them leapfrog Ireland, West Indies and Pakistan to the fifth spot on the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League table.
The hosts have started to gather some momentum in white-ball cricket and will be hoping to carry it forward into the T20I series and then into the Round 1 of the T20 World Cup.
Captain Dasun Shanaka will be delighted with his side’s all-round showing in the first ODI, especially their performance with the bat and ball in the death overs.
South Africa, on the other hand, will be ruing the missed opportunities from the first ODI, with the dropped catches and their batting at death effectively costing them the game.
Currently placed 11th in the CWCSL table with 24 points, the Proteas will hope they can make a comeback in the next game and force the series into a decider.
They will be without Temba Bavuma, who has been ruled out for the rest of the tour with a fractured right thumb.
In his absence, Keshav Maharaj will be standing in as captain for the rest of the ODI series.