South Africa who is already out of Playoffs race now will play with complete freedom and can spoil Sri Lanka’s chances to make to top four. So, Sri Lanka vs. South Africa game will turn out to be a thrilling battle.
Venue: Riverside ground, Durham
Total Matches played: 16
Matches won batting first: 5
Matches won batting second: 9
Average scores in both innings
Average 1st innings score: 243
Average 2nd innings score: 180
Despite witnessing some high scoring matches, it is one of the fewer grounds in England that is expected to favor the bowlers. But, once a batsman will spend time on the pitch, then big score is on the cards.
The weather in the match is expected to be partly cloudy with possibility of rain in patches. Unlike other England cities, the Durham’s temperature is expected to be higher, i.e. approximately 35 degrees Celsius. The humidity will hover around 63%.
The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first because the records suggest that chasing team has been more successful.
Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka didn’t get a good start in this tournament. The Lankan lions faced a humiliating loss against New Zealand in their first match. With two wins in six games, Sri Lankan team is at the seventh spot in the points table. Talking about the present situation, the team’s confidence will be high after defeating England in their last match.
Sri Lankan captain might go with the same playing XI in the match that played against England.
Probable Playing XI: 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.
South Africa has disappointed the most in this World Cup. With the kind of players, they have in their squad; the fans must not have expected this kind of performance from them. With only a single victory till now, the Proteas is at second last spot in the points table.
JP Duminy might make it to playing XI in place of Aiden Markram. Other than this, no changes are expected.
Probable Playing XI: Faf du Plessis(C), Quinton de Kock(wk), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Avishka Fernando
Head to Head in World Cups
Total Matches played– 5
Sri Lanka win– 1
South Africa win– 3
Tied – 1
South Africa doesn’t have anything left in this tournament now. But Sri Lanka, on the other side, are still in the semi-finals race. So, they will be eyeing to win all their matches left. Let’s see what happens.
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