South Africa and Sri Lanka will meet in the 25th match of the World T20 Cup on Saturday, the 30th of October. The match will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both the teams have played 2 matches each and have lost 1 match. Therefore, both the teams will walk on the field with the aim of taking the lead.
This will be South Africa's third match and the team has lost one of the first two matches. The team lost against Australia, and in the second match defeated West Indies. In their previous match against West Indies, South Africa performed brilliantly, although West Indies was in a good shape but due to the brilliant bowling of Nortje, Pretorius and Keshav Maharaj, West Indies could not put up a good total.
Quinton de Kock did not play in the second match and his availability is also suspected in today's match. However, Hendricks, who was included in the squad in his place, played a good innings. Skipper Bavuma has failed in both the matches and his form will definitely be a matter of concern. But Rassie van der Dussen and Markram are in very good form in the middle order.
Sri Lanka did well in the qualifiers. In their first Super-12 match, Sri Lanka successfully chased down a target of 172 against Bangladesh. But in the second match, the team could not defend the score. The team will face a tough challenge in this match as they will face fast bowlers like Rabada and Nortje and Sri Lankan batsmen are a little slow while facing pacers.
The Sri Lankan bowlers will have to play a big role if the Sri Lankan team is to take on South Africa. Lahiru Kumara bowls at a better pace and can take some early wickets while Hasaranga and Theekshana will challenge the batsmen in the middle overs.
The maximum and minimum temperatures at Sharjah will be 35 and 24 degrees, respectively. The humidity will be around 26 percent with no chances of precipitation.
Spinners can take great advantage of Sharjah's pitch and both teams have quality spinners so there should be a good match at Sharjah. Batsmen can struggle a little bit on this pitch. After winning the toss, the teams will want to bowl first.
Probable Playing XI For South Africa
Quinton de Kock (w), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Probable Playing XI For Sri Lanka
Kusal Perera(w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana
Quinton de Kock