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Sri Lanka couldn't dream of a better run of limited-overs form than the streak they're on at the moment, having claimed a series victory over Bangladesh, the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 titles and a 3-2 series victory over England in succession so far in 2014.
Returning home to face South Africa in three one-day internationals prior to a two-match Test series, Angelo Mathews' men will be heavily favoured to record a fifth consecutive triumph.
With a brilliant batting line-up that includes Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kusal Perera and Mathews, the Sri Lankans have proved extremely tough to tie down in recent months. When you add the team's world-class limited-overs bowling attack—that, despite his absence in Test cricket, is still led by Lasith Malinga—you have a blend that is mightily effective and even more so at home.
South Africa, meanwhile, will have to overcome their unfamiliarity with the subcontinental conditions if they're to win their first one-day international series in the region for more than a decade.
Further hindering the Proteas' campaign will be the lack of spinning options available to AB de Villiers, who, despite being overlooked for the Test captaincy, remains the leader of the nation's ODI outfit.
With the team's reliance on pace and susceptibility to the turning ball, South Africa will have to use every ounce of their guile, variety and patience to push Sri Lanka in this series.