Thursday, January 19, 2012

South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI

It's that time of the series, when you wish there was a mercy rule. South Africa has already secured his trophy cabinet will have a surcharge, and Sri Lanka are empty-handed in a fourth consecutive series since the 2011 World Cup.

After losing the World Cup final, Sri Lanka suffered a miserable nine months in the field, despite being talented and hard-working side. Despite spending nearly eight weeks in South Africa, their batsmen have not got used to the conditions or the opposition. His bowlers lacked the killer instinct possessed with ruthless attack South Africa, and the area of ​​his game that need the most improvement is the fielding, where the lack of energy has been alarming.

That said, Sri Lanka ODI improved in all and I feel it's time they were good enough. The Sports Ministry called for an inquiry about their poor performances and Tillakaratne Dilshan have to motivate his players to put in two good shows before going home to face the music.

With the prize already won, South Africa will want to show they can maintain their intensity. The next two matches to give them a chance to test new combinations and give the reserves a run.

Form guide
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Watch out for ...
Graeme Smith probably has two more innings to save his career one day. With Alvira Petersen showing signs that he may take the form of test for the format of fifty and more, and Hashim Amla set to return from paternity leave at the end of the series, the ax is hovering over Smith. He showed a lack of confidence in the crease and was not able to go. He just needs to extend its limited-overs career.

At 24, Angelo Mathews seems to have a huge amount of responsibility. Not only is he Sri Lanka vice-captain, but he also has to play a leadership role ALLROUNDER. He did not act in any role so far. What is clear is that it has the capacity, and has two more opportunities to show their skills South Africa.

News team ...
South Africa are spoiled for choice, particularly in the bowling department. Dale Steyn will be rested for the remaining games and Wayne Parnell will play. Vernon Philander may get the nod ahead of Morne Morkel, Johan Botha but is unlikely to replace Robin Peterson. The batting line-up will remain the same, with the 4th position flexible.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, Alvira Petersen 2, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis 6, 7 Albie Morkel, Robin Petersen 8, 9 Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel 10 / Vernon Philander, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Mahela Jayawardene was dropped for the next few weeks with a back injury. Lahiru Thirimanne will play in his place, despite its position in the line-up has not yet been decided. Sachithra Senanayake arrived in South Africa and trained with the team, but Sri Lanka are yet to decide whether two spinners is a viable option at this site.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Upul Tharanga 2, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne 5, 6 Angelo Mathews, Perera Thisa 7, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga 9, 10 Rangan Herath, Dhammika Prasad 11

Pitch and conditions
While the ground staff left a bit of grass on the field of Kimberley, the sun probably bake it on a flat wicket for the match. Temperatures are warmer than in Bloemfontein and both sides can expect to sweat.

Stats and trivia
South Africa won five games in five of the Kimberley and chased them all. In his only match against Sri Lanka here in 2002, South Africa won by 8 wickets.
In ten games on this site, the fast bowlers have taken 99 wickets at 30.56, while spinners have only 17 wickets at 58.11.

"The training has been fantastic but sometimes there is more value in not training. There is no exact science. We feel there is a bit of fatigue in the dressing room."
Gary Kirsten explains why South Africa have had some down time over the last two days.

"When you are playing against a team like South Africa, who are playing really good cricket, it's difficult for us to get on top."
Sri Lanka are struggling to match their opposition, according to Mahela Jayawardene.

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