Pitch and conditions

Despite Sri Lanka’s collapse, there were no major demons on the Dambulla track on Sunday, and another good one-day pitch is expected. No rain is forecast for the day.

The temperatures will be ranging between 24 and 32 degree Celsius. Moreover, the humidity is likely to be around 64 percent.

Sri Lanka will bank on Upul Tharanga to get a good start. Getty Images

Stats and trivia

  • In seven innings so far this year, Hashim Amla averages 24.71, with a strike rate of 80. His career average is 50.02, with a strike rate of 89.
  • From 18 bowling innings, Akila Dananjaya has a career economy rate of 4.97. It is despite him having played in one of the weakest Sri Lanka ODI bowling attacks in the last 20 years.
  • Sri Lanka have now lost nine ODIs in a row to South Africa – a losing streak that goes back to July 2014.

Predicted XI

Sri Lanka will be without fast bowler Lahiru Kumara, who split webbing on his left hand during fielding drills. Kasun Rajitha in all likeliness to play in his place.

Furthermore, Prabath Jayasuriya is also likely to make his debut with Lakshan Sandakan likely to sit out.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha

Bench: Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Kumara, Prabath Jayasuriya`

South Africa are likely to keep their XI from Sunday. As a result, Heinrich Klaasen will probably continue to sit out, while Mulder plays as an all-rounder.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller,  Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi