A win or a defeat? Sri Lanka series on a knife edge

2014-07-12 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — To someone who believes that the glass is half full, South Africa’s cricket team must be one day away from their first one day series win against Sri Lanka in Hambantota today.

If, on the other hand, the glass seems half empty, they are once again one defeat away from a series loss.

This is, however, the closest a South African team have been to beating the home side in a one-day series in their own back yard.

Everyone will be holding their breath as they wait to see who wins the toss, because both sides won their games during the first two ODIs after they had won the toss.

Hopefully the toss will not play a decisive role in today’s match. The fact that it is a day game will level the playing field, so to speak.

South Africa have never played a one- day match in Hambantota but won three of their four T20s there.

The wicket has more pace and bounce than any of the others in Sri Lanka and that is good news to Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Vernon Philander and perhaps Wayne Parnell too, should he be chosen to play.

Parnell’s selection will depend on Steyn’s availability. A decision about that will only be taken this morning after he has undergone a fitness test. He bowled in the nets yesterday after earlier suffering an injury to his thumb during the second match.

Both teams face a pressure situation because the smallest of mistakes could result in a series loss.

It will be challenging to all the players and eventually those who can remain calm under the pressure will be victorious.


Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (captain), Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, A.B. de Villiers (captain), J.P. Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Wayne Parnell.

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