The World Cup has reached into its most exciting phase, with Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and England running into for the Number spot in the Points Table. South Africa not to make it but will surely like to disappoint Sri Lanka’s hopes to making it to the top 4 when they take on each other on Friday, 28th June.
South Africa’s journey in the World Cup 2019 will sure shot terminate after the league matches phases. The 49-run defeat against Pakistan virtually knocked them out of the tournament. Except for a clinical performance against Afghanistan, South Africa have been extremely disappointing. All Faf du Plessis’ men are left with is to play freely and play for the pride. They are next scheduled to compete with Sri Lanka on May 28 at Chester-le-Street.
Key Players: Faf Du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada
The Sri Lankans have rediscovered themselves when they disappointed England at the Headingley in Leeds. Dimuth Karunaratne and Co have a very good chance of moving into the top four. Lanka is currently placed seventh in the table but they need to win all of their remaining games if they want to make it to super 4. Recently, the Proteas beat Lanka 5-0 in a bilateral series and also came out triumphs in the warm-up game.
Key Players: Kusal Mendis, Lasith Malinga
Venue: The Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, 10:30 am Local, 03:00pm IST.
There is no rain predicted for Sri Lanka VS South Africa clash. There will be some cloud cover during the morning but by noon the sun will shine to its full glory. The temperature would remain to be in the range of 15 – 18 degree Celsius and the environment would be pleasant.
The pitch supports the batsman, much batting friendly wicket. It is good chasing wicket. The teams here would like to win the toss and elect to field.
Head to Head:
In ODIs: Matched played: 76
Sri Lanka 31
South Africa 43
In World Cup: 5
Sri Lanka 1
South Africa 3
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (C), Aiden Markram/JP Duminy, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir