South Africa are out of the race for semi-finals, however, they are still a very good team, capable of beating any side on their day. Facing them today would be an up-and-down Sri Lanka team, hoping to secure 2 crucial points and maximize their chances of making it to the top 4.
Sri Lanka are currently placed at 7th place with 6 points from as many games. On the 6th spot is Pakistan with 7 points from 7 games. The tussle for the 4th spot is well and truly on. Besides winning the remaining two matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Pakistan needs plenty of prayers to secure their semi-finals berth.
If South Africa beats Sri Lanka today, the chances for Karunaratne’s team would be significantly reduced, helping Pakistan’s cause big time. And even if they win their remaining two matches, they will still finish below Pakistan, provided Sarfaraz’s men win their remainder of the matches.
Let’s have a look at the match details and probable playing XIs for today’s match:
- Match Time: 2:30 pm PST.
- Venue: County Ground, Riverside, Chester-le-street, Durham
- Weather: There are slight chances of rain, however, the match is expected to go on as scheduled.
- Toss: To be decided.
Sri Lankan pacer is likely to sit out the match due to fever, making way for Suranga Lakmal. For South Africa, JP Duminy may replace Aiden Markram.
Probable Playing XIs
Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal
Players to Watch Out For
South African pace duo of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada haven’t had the tournament they would have wanted, however, they would be a big threat for Sri Lankan batsmen in overcast conditions.
Lasith Malinga has proved that he still has plenty to offer. He along with the spinners need to apply the choke on South African batsmen if they are to do well today.
South Africa has not lost a game against Sri Lanka in their previous 5 outings against the Islanders.
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