Sri Lanka vs South Africa Betting: Odds & Prediction (2021)

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Sri Lanka vs South Africa 3rd T20I Match Details
Date: 14th September 2021
Format: Twenty20
Match Time: 20:00 IST
Stadium: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

This will be the first time since the 2019 ICC World Cup that these two teams have faced each other in a limited overs format. More importantly, this will be the last bout of cricket these two teams will play ahead of the T20 World Cup. South Africa has had a promising year thus far and will be looking to extend that positivity against a Sri Lankan side that has struggled in 2021.

The Sri Lanka vs South Africa series begins with the 1st One Day International to be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on the 2nd of September 2021.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds

Sri Lanka 2.50 2.34 2.40 2.52 2.40
South Africa 1.53 1.53 1.55 1.54 1.53

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Tips & Prediction

While the home conditions in Colombo are sure to favour the Sri Lankan spinners, the recent form would suggest they should struggle to top a strong South African batting line-up. The return of David Miller is of particular note and recent strong outings from de Kock and Bevuma are very positive signs for the touring side.

Our prediction for the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series is a win for South Africa in both formats. With that being said, the series will be far from an easy sweep for the touring South Africans. Our tips for betting during this series is to think about the recent form of South Africa who has players that look like strong candidates for highest run-scorers and wicket-takers.

Our Picks

For those looking for a few tips for betting on the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series, here are some of our favourite selections for a few choice markets.

  • Top Batsman (T20I) – David Miller
  • Most Sixes (T20I) – Temba Bavuma
  • Most Wickets (ODI) – Anrich Nortje
  • Top Batsman (T20I) – Quinton de Kock

Schedule for Sri Lanka vs South Africa

MatchFormatDateVenueStart TimeWinner
1st ODIODI2nd SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo15:00 ISTSri Lanka
2nd ODIODI4th SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo15:00 ISTSouth Africa
3rd ODIODI7th SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo15:00 ISTSri Lanka
1st T20ITwenty2010th SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo20:00 ISTSri Lanka
2nd T20ITwenty2012th SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo20:00 ISTSri Lanka
3rd T20ITwenty2014th SeptemberR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo20:00 ISTSri Lanka

Team News

Sri Lanka

Rather than 2 separate squads in this series, Sri Lanka announced a full 30-man squad instead. Among the line-up are four uncapped players and the recall of former Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal. Kusal Perera also returns to the Sri Lankan side following a recovery from Covid-19.

Sri Lanka Squad for One Day Internationals and Twenty20s:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Janith Perera, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Banuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sahan Aarchchige, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Mahesh Theekshana, Pulina Tharanga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Dananjaya Lakshan, Shiran Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka (subject to fitness).

South Africa

Several players will be sitting out of the ODIs in this Sri Lanka vs South Africa series. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Lungi Ngidi will rest for the ODIs but will be playing in the Twenty20 matches. Middle-order batsman David Miller has been sidelined with a hamstring injury while paceman Lungi Ngidi is reporting taking personal time since withdrawing from The Hundred earlier in the summer. The Sri Lanka vs South Africa series will be the return of Dwaine Pretorius who has recovered from Covid-19.

South Africa Squad for One Day Internationals:

Temba Bavuma (c), Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

South Africa Squad for Twenty20s:

Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams

Key Players

These are the players we love to watch. Players that can make or break a game. Key players have a knack for turning the tides of a game or simply being incredibly consistent in their performances. It’s important to consider these key players when placing a wager as not only will they influence the result of the game, but they can also be winners in many other markets too.

Sri Lanka

  • Dasun Shanaka – The Sri Lankan skipper is a powerful middle-order batsman and a rather handy paceman too. Averaging a commendable 25.61 with the bat in ODIs and a handy bowling strike rate of 32.50, Shanaka will be looking to prove himself as an international captain. He has proven to be particularly useful when batting first, and considering the conditions at Colombo, he’ll be looking to win the toss and bat first as often as possible.
  • Akila Dananjaya – This talented young off-spinner spinner was fast-tracked to the national team as a net bowler and has since impressed with excellent control of a doosra, googly, carrom, and comfortably turns the ball both ways. Dananjaya has taken 28 wickets in only 31 T20Is and 54 wickets from a mere 37 ODIs. His control of pace and variation will be an advantage on the slow Colombo wicket.

South Africa

  • Quinton de Kock – The top-order batsman has been rested for the ODI portion of the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series but will feature in the Twenty20s. In a T20I career spanning almost a decade, de Kock averages a brilliant 32.75 with the bat and a fantastic strike rate of 138. Despite a relatively low average of 15.28 against Sri Lanka, his recent runs in The Hundred series shows he is in fine form.
  • Dwaine Pretorius – following double knee injuries, this former quick traded pace for precision swing bowling and handy lower-order hitting. With an ODI economy rate under 5 and an average of 28.03, Pretorius is vital to the proteas mid-innings bowling attack. Pretorius has a strike rate of almost 100 with the bat and has proven to be a useful late in an innings. His 50 against New Zealand in 2017 came off only 26 balls. Having just recovered from Covid-19, no man will be more eager to perform than Pretorius.


Past performance is typically a fantastic indicator of future success. That is why it is always a good idea to read up on the recent form of each team and its players ahead of your South Africa vs Sri Lanka betting.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has played 4 limited-overs series this year with 3 of those including Twenty20 matches. However, of the 9 T20I matches played against England, India, and the West Indies, Sri Lanka only managed 3 wins. That did include a 2 – 1 series win over India in July. Sri Lanka confidently defeated India in that last match – chasing down India’s total in only 14 overs for the minimal loss of 3 wickets.

Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, the nation hasn’t faired very well in One Day matches this year. In 11 matches, Sri Lanka only picked up 2 wins. Both the West Indies and England mustered clean sweeps of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s last outing was a positive one – defeating India by 3 wickets with current squad members Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scoring half-centuries. It is safe to say that the nation is going into the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series in rather poor form.

South Africa

South Africa has played quite a bit of Twenty20 cricket in 2021 and only 5 ODI matches. The proteas year in the 50-over game has not been ideal – only winning 2 matches. South Africa lost 2 – 1 to Pakistan in April and drew with Ireland this July. Despite losses, South Africa posted large totals and proved that the team was still in fine form with the bat. Janneman Malan started with the bat on several occasions that included a massive unbeaten 177 in the win against Ireland.

In Twenty20 matches this year, South Africa has shown better form with 8 wins in 15 matches. South Africa struggled in 2 series against Pakistan but won their last 2 series – against Ireland and the West Indies – with a comfortable clean sweep in the Ireland series. The Twenty20 form of South Africa is strong, and the most recent matches included stand-out performances from squad members – most notably big runs from skipper Temba Bavuma and David Miller while Tabraiz Shamsi took the most wickets in the series.

Pitch Conditions & Analysis

Team factors and player form are all important when choosing to bet on cricket online but there is one more major factor to consider. Pitch conditions and weather can be a deciding factor on what type of bowler will most likely take wickets and how likely it is to see big runs scored on the day. That’s why we have a pitch analysis for your consideration.

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Built on previous swampland in the mid-eighties, R. Premadasa Stadium is a notoriously slow wicket that actually becomes slower as the match wears on. It is far from a flat track though and batting can be particularly tough in the 2nd innings. You’ll be sure to see every captain that wins the toss, choose to bat first in this series and aim for big runs. Even statistically teams win far less when batting second and 2nd innings scores are amongst the lowest.

Key Stats for Sri Lanka vs South Africa

As cricket punters and lovers, we really do love statistics, don’t we? We love to talk about them before, during and after a match. Statistics can also help with choosing your wagers too. It pays to know which players are dominant or how often South Africa post large totals.

  • Big hundreds – of all the players announced for the upcoming Sri Lanka vs South Africa series, only 1 player is in the top ten highest individual scorers (ODI) between these two nations. That man is Quinton De Kock, who has two big hundreds of 128 and 121 against Sri Lanka.
  • 1 down – in ODIs, South Africa has chased down Sri Lankan totals twice with only the loss of a single wicket.
  • Low totals – the top 4 lowest totals between these two sides all belong to Sri Lanka. The worst of them include being bowled out for 43 while attempting to chase down a mammoth 301.
  • 36 – 51 – while South Africa has clearly shown dominance in many of the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series over the years, the teams are not too far apart in limited over wins. Totalling T20Is and ODIs, Sri Lanka has won 36 matches to South Africa’s 51.

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Historical Data

Recent Winners - ODI

2018/19South Africa5-0 (5)
2018South Africa3 – 2 (5)
2016/17South Africa5 – 0 (5)

ODI Series: Head-To-Head Record

Total Matches 77
Sri Lanka Wins 31
South Africa Wins 44
Tied March 1

T20 Series: Head-To-Head Record

Total Matches 13
Sri Lanka Wins 5
South Africa Wins 7
Tied Match* 1

*South Africa won the one-over eliminator

History of Sri Lanka vs South Africa

The rivalry between these two nations could be considered by some to be in its infancy when compared to some nations like Australia and England. The Sri Lanka vs South Africa match was played in 1992. That match was played during the ICC World Cup and saw Sri Lanka defeat South Africa by 3 wickets. Since then, the two teams have played each other more than 100 times including 13 test series since 1993.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting FAQs

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You’ll find plenty of excellent bookies offering markets for cricket matches including the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series. However, we think 1xBet, 22Bet, and 10CRIC are among the very best for South Africa vs Sri Lanka betting.

When will Sri Lanka vs South Africa take place?

The Sri Lanka vs South Africa series begins with the 1st One Day International on the 2nd of September and concludes with the final T20I on the 14th of September.

Where will it take place?

The Sri Lanka vs South Africa series will take place in Sri Lanka. All matches will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in the country’s capital of Colombo.

Where can I watch Sri Lanka vs South Africa?

Indian fans can enjoy the Sri Lanka vs South Africa series on the Sony Sports Network. Check out either Sony Ten 2 or live stream the action on Sony LIV.

CricketBettingAdvice Final Say

The best cricket betting sites in India are already offering odds on the upcoming Sri Lanka vs South Africa series and who can blame them! With plenty of limited-overs cricket under their belts, both nations will be eager for a great series. So, fund that account using one of your favourite betting payment methods and get ready for an exciting series!

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