Following their dismal performance on the field on Wednesday, South Africa will be looking to salvage their T20 loss against Sri Lanka when the first five ODI’s begins in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Proteas come into this match after a disappointing loss in a T20 thriller finale at Newlands, dropping seven catches which gave the Sri Lanka batsmen a life-line stuck boundaries, and hand them a series victory.
However, all eyes will be on one man in PE on Saturday evening. And he goes by the name of Abraham Benjamin de Villiers or as he’s known to masses as simply “AB”.
South Africa have been waiting with bated breath for their superhero to return. A few fanatical souls made the trip to Newlands this past Wednesday to see De Villiers’s official comeback game after six months on the sidelines and they weren’t disappointed with the former Proteas ODI captain smashing 63 off only 44 balls in the T20 series.
Meanwhile, the Proteas have been dealt with a blow after receiving news that fast bowler Lungi Ngidi will not feature for the in this Saturday’s clash after suffering an abdominal muscle wall injury.
Ngidi suffered sustained injury while fielding during 3rd T20 match against Sri Lanka on Sunday and is likely to spend 3-4 weeks on the sidelines.
Ngidi picked up 6 wickets in his first two matches – his 4/19 in Johannesburg and is currently leading wicket-taker in the series, surpassing the likes of Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso.
It still yet to be confirmed who will replace him in the upcoming ODI series in PE.