Sri Lanka v South Africa Betting, Tips & Preview

Both Sri Lanka and South Africa have already qualified for the Super Eight stages of this T20 Cricket World Cup. In reality, their respective games against a weak Zimbabwe side were little more than a warm-up (11am BST, Saturday, Sept 22).

As a result, this match has become something of a dead rubber and those can be the hardest of all cricket matches to predict.

The bookmakers see it as a close affair and many are offering the same 10/11 price on either side to win but there are a few exceptions. Some see Sri Lanka as favourites, possibly because they are the hosts. These are the best odds available:

Best Odds on this Cricket World Cup match:
10/11 South Africa (Bet365, Betfred, BetVictor, Ladbrokes)
Evens (1/1) Sri Lanka (Stan James)

You could argue that South Africa were slightly more impressive than Sri Lanka in the way that they dismissed Zimbabwe on Thursday. Ten wicket wins are rare in T20 cricket, even against the weaker opposition but AB De Villiers men dominated from the first over to set up that victory.

Jacques Kallis took the man of the match award with figures of 4-15 but it was Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel who restricted the Zimbabweans early on. Steyn finished with the incredible figures of 1-9 in his four overs and that would suggest that pace, rather than spin could be the key on these Sri Lankan wickets.

In reply, Richard Levi and Hashim Amla chased down the total with ease. Amla is more run machine than man these days and is an obvious key to South African success through the rest of the tournament.

On the opening day of this tournament, Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by the comfortable margin of 82 runs in a game where all of the main batsmen made contributions. Kumar Sangakkara was the top scorer with 44 but Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis also found form to help compile at daunting total of 182.

In the bowling department, Ajantha Mendis produced a world record set of figures as he destroyed Zimbabwe with the incredible analysis of 6-8 from four overs. If South Africa are to stand a chance of mounting or chasing a large total then they will have to somehow counter his mystery spin.

One approach could be to play Mendis without particularly looking to target him for runs. That could preserve wickets but it is a risky method which can often backfire. However the South Africans decide to plan their strategy, Ajantha Mendis is pivotal to the pattern of this game.

Hopefully, after a slow start to the tournament, this should be an absolute thriller with two world class bowling attacks up against some of the best batsmen in T20 cricket. A close game could be in prospect that could go right down to the final ball.

As for predictions, this is tough but with home advantage and more game time behind them, it seems as if Sri Lanka should have the very slight edge.

Betting Tip: Sri Lanka to win @ best odds of Even Money with Stan James Bookmaker.