Confirmed Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga (c), Isuru Udana, Akila Dhananjaya
Sportskeeda’s Playing 11
South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Sri Lanka Tour of South Africa 2019
Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday, March 16, 2019
4:30 pm IST
The Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque venues in World Cricket. The pitch here generally produces even contests between both and ball while the average first innings score in the last five Day Night matches has been 291.
The conditions are expected to remain sunny all throughout the afternoon and the surface becoming more conducive to batting as the day progresses while the seamers are likely to get a hint of assistance early on with the spinners coming into the game in the second half.
Another one-sided game in the five-match ODI series saw South Africa pick up a comfortable six-wicket win at Port Elizabeth to take a 4-0 lead and therefore, are on the cusp of a second successive one-day clean sweep of Sri Lanka at home.
Anrich Nortje led the way with the figures of 3/57 and was complemented by a sublime half-century from Quinton de Kock in the run chase, however, it was Isuru Udana’s blistering knock of 78 that rewarded him with the Man of the Match honour.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will once again miss the services of Kusal Perera in the middle order, as the latter has been ruled out for the rest of the tour with a hamstring injury.
On the other hand, the Proteas hold a great record in Cape Town as they have won four of their last five matches here. The last meeting between these two sides at this venue produced nearly 700 runs on the day with the home team defeating their Asian counterparts by a margin of 40 runs.
Head to Head
Matches Played: 75
South Africa Wins: 42
Sri Lanka Wins: 31
RSA: WWWWW (excellent form)
SL: LLLLL (poor form)
Quinton de Kock should be a no-brainer for your fantasy squads. The explosive left-hander leads the pack with 347 runs at an average of 86 and similarly, has also notched an incredible tally of 50 boundaries this series capped off with a strike rate of 113.
Faf du Plessis has been very consistent in the limited overs format this year. The South African skipper has scored 403 runs in his last nine ODIs with three 50s and a century to his name.
Oshada Fernando has been one of the few bright sparks with the bat this tour for the visitors. The 26-year old is currently the second highest run-getter for Sri Lanka this series with 105 runs and a career-best score of 49.
Aiden Markram played a useful knock of 29 runs in Port Elizabeth and strung along a key partnership with Quinton de Kock. Markram will look to make amends and finish the summer with some runs under his belt ahead of the ICC World Cup.
Upul Tharanga may not be the most appealing option but with Sri Lanka missing some of their big-hitters, the onus of providing a good start will fall on the veteran left-hander. Tharanga happens to have fond memories of Newlands as he scored a century the last time around.
Alternate option: David Miller for Tharanga
JP Duminy made a successful return to international cricket in the fourth ODI after a long lay-off due to injury. The former South African captain chipped in with an unbeaten 31 along with an effective spell of 1/21 with the ball.
Dhananjaya de Silva proved to be the surprise package in the last game as he picked up three wickets of the Proteas top-order. De Silva will look to step up his performances with the bat and put together a strong all-round performance in the fifth ODI to help his team avoid another ODI clean sweep this year.
Andile Phehlukwayo will be the third all-rounder.
Anrich Nortje has made a lasting impression in his maiden international series. The 25 year old has taken six wickets in just the three outings thus far and another impressive showing in the final ODI should seal his place in the South African World Cup squad.
Isuru Udana was the star of yet another dismal Sri Lankan batting display in the fourth ODI. Udana smashed his way to a stunning knock of 78 off just 57 balls and furthermore, launched seven boundaries and four sixes.
Dale Steyn completes the line-up.
CAPTAIN: Quinton de Kock
VICE-CAPTAIN: Faf du Plessis
Player to watch out for: Imran Tahir
Tahir will be keen to culminate his one-day career at home on a high. The leg-spinner has a good record in Newlands with a total of eight wickets in his tally and similarly, he has been very efficient in the middle overs this series as he has strangled the Lankan batsmen and forced them to make errors.