South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI - Aiden Markram’s good nick at Newlands to continue

Markram and Kusal Mendis tipped for big performances
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Aiden Markram is tipped for top South Africa batsman in the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands. (Getty Images)

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


South Africa will be looking to wrap up a series clean sweep against Sri Lanka when the teams face off at Newlands in Saturday’s 5th ODI. Aiden Markram has a point to prove after his recent recall. He has starred at Newlands recently and is tipped for top South Africa batsman at 5.00. Kusal Mendis is backed to be the kingmaker for Sri Lanka.

South Africa Form & Team News


South Africa made four changes to their XI for the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka but still won by six wickets. The most notable alteration saw Aiden Markram return to the side after his impressive domestic form.

Markram batted at no.3 and got off to a promising start before being dismissed for 29 runs of 32 balls. This means the 24 year old has only one more ODI left in the series to make a statement. There is plenty of motivation for him to do so with the World Cup fast approaching.

Newlands holds happy recent memories for Markram. He scored 169 for the Titans in their Momentum One Day Cup match against the Cape Cobras. His last international innings in Cape Town saw him score 78 in the second test against Pakistan.

Bookies recognise the Proteas‘ strength in depth and South Africa are paying 1.20 for a home win on Saturday. 

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Aiden Markram earned a recall to the South Africa XI with his good Momentum One Day Cup form. (Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Form & Team News


Sri Lanka were outplayed comprehensively in the fourth ODI and rarely put up a strong fight in the three before it. The Proteas will likely see this as vengeance for the Lions’ test series win.

One player who has been in steady form is Kusal Mendis. He has been the top Sri Lanka runscorer in two out of four ODIs so far.

Chandika Hathurusingha’s side can be backed for an upset win at Newlands at 4.50. This is because of their poor ODI form relative to the Proteas.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head


This ODI series is the seventh won by South Africa against Sri Lanka. The Lions have won two and one has been drawn. Their last encounter at Newlands saw the Proteas win by 40 runs.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Match Up


Aiden Markram scored 169, 139 and 85 in three Momentum One Day cup innings in March prior to his elevation back into the South Africa XI. His average across his last four innings is 105.5. Kusal Mendis averages 55.4 in his last six innings across all formats of cricket.

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Kusal Mendis has been Sri Lanka's top batsman in two out of four ODIs in the series against South Africa. (Getty Images)

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Key Statistics


  • South Africa’s Aiden Markram averages 105.5 in his last 4 innings (all formats).
  • South Africa’s Aiden Markram scored 78 and 169 in his last 2 innings at Newlands (all formats).
  • South Africa’s Aiden Markram has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 4 innings (all formats).
  • Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis averages 55.4 in his last 6 innings (all formats).
  • Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis has been the top Sri Lanka batsman in 2 of 4 matches in the series (ODIs).

Verdict


In-form Aiden Markram showed promise in his first ODI back in the side and is predicted to go one step further at Newlands. I am tipping Markram for top South Africa batsman at 5.00 and to score a fifty at 2.88. Kusal Mendis is backed to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman for the third time in the series at 5.00.

Batsman To Score A Fifty: Aiden Markram Yes @ 2.88 at bet365 - 3 Units
Top South Africa Batsman Tip: Aiden Markram @ 5.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Top Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Kusal Mendis @ 5.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
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Leonard Solms 14 March 2019

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