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World Cup 2019, Match35- SA Vs SL, Preview: Sri Lanka Out To Keep Qualification Hopes Alive

In the 33rd match of the exciting ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, South Africa will be fighting out the battle against Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on June 28, Friday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. Sri Lanka recorded an amazing victory over tournament favourites England, while South Africa suffered a convincing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the last match. The Proteas have already been knocked out of the tournament, whereas the Lankan team are pretty much alive.

South Africa’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup is all, but over. The 49-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan dashed their hopes of qualifying for the semis. Barring against Afghanistan in a rain-curtailed game, the Proteas have been off-colour, to say the least. All Faf du Plessis’ men are left with is salvaging a bit of pride in their last two league games.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka would be high on confidence after conquering England at the Headingley in Leeds. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side are in with a realistic chance of moving into the top four. Lanka is currently placed seventh in the points table and also needs to be wary of their Net Run Rate, which is currently -1.119. Recently, the Proteas beat Lanka 5-0 in a bilateral series and also came out trumps in the warm-up game.

Head to Head Battle


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South Africa’s likely Playing XI

The Proteas would want to give chances to their benched players. Aiden Markram hasn’t tasted much success, having scored runs at an average of 21.20 and JP Duminy may get a chance in his place. Kagiso Rabada hasn’t looked near to his very best by any means and with all the talk surrounding his decision to play IPL against the advice, he will have a point or two to prove.

Hashim Amla has a strike-rate of fewer than 60 and that shows the travails he has had in the tournament. Quinton de Kock started decently but is a bit short of runs off late. Faf du Plessis has had to fight hard for his runs as well. It’s pretty evident that Rassie van der Dussen has been their most accomplished batter with 216 runs at an average of 54. In the bowling department, Imran Tahir has been the standout, having picked up 10 wickets.

Probable XI: 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.

Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

On the other hand, Sri Lanka wouldn’t want to tinker with their winning combination. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera have done well at the top of the order, having scored 180 and 161 runs each. But even they have had their occasional failures. The duo needs to be on top of their game. Avishka Fernando looked in great touch in the last match after the injury layoff. With scores of 30 and 46, Kusal Mendis has looked to get back his rhythm.

The biggest positive in the last match was Angelo Mathews’ return to form. Mathews got a well-crafted 85 in the last game. Dhananjaya de Silva is slowly starting to show all-round performances. Thisara Perera has been a bit of a disappointment, but he remains an important member of the team. The Lankans will again look up to Lasith Malinga to deliver the goods. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep need to play their roles as well.

Probable 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.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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