Sri Lanka vs. South Africa: Preview, Team News, Prediction for 2nd ODI

Antoinette Muller@mspr1ntFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2013

After being hammered by 180 runs in the first one-day international, things surely can't get any worse for South Africa. They were undone by a fine effort from Kumar Sangakkara, scoring 169 off just 137 balls. As good as Sangakkara batted, though, South Africa's bowling efforts were equally poor.

The visitors now have to take stock. Lonwabo Tsotsobe is fit and he could be the one change to the team. Swapping Tsotsobe for Chris Morris, who had a mare in the first game, could be the only logical change. Hashim Amla is "recovering" and SA are confident that he will play. If the opener is fit, a straight swap for Colin Ingram will be the other change.

They will be playing at the same venue where they lost so emphatically. Proteas skipper AB de Villiers admitted that the humidity did get to his bowlers. That won't change. More hot weather with a chance of a thunder storm is forecast for the second match.

South Africa will have to adapt and they'll have to adapt quickly. They also have to rethink how they approach their bowling. The short ball was a persistent delivery throughout their innings, but it didn't have any impact on Sri Lanka's batsmen. 

The host team is unlikely to make any changes to the side which won the first game. Dinesh Chandimal, who is captaining the side in the absence of Angelo Mathews, will want more of the same from his troops.

The youngster was pretty chuffed with his side's efforts. He didn't have to do much as captain in order to win. South Africa won't be beaten the same way twice, though. Yes, they might still struggle, but it's unlikely that they will fold quite so dramatically.

It will be a far sterner test for Chandimal. Similarly, De Villiers is under the cosh as captain. While he has adapted well to the dual role of both keeper and batsman, his captaincy has been questionable. His strategies have been tired. He's won 13 of his 25 games in charge of the side, but that record is flattering. 

It should be another easy win for Sri Lanka, as South Africa not only try to adapt to conditions, but also to a new-look team under the guidance of a new coach. 

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