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 is pretty much alive and kicking. Sri Lanka's win against England last week came as a surprise for many cricket experts and also a blessing in disguise for other teams participating in the tournament. The result meant that teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka themselves still have a good chance to qualify for the semi-finals.
Moreover, as a result of England's defeat against Australia, they can no more be considered as the favourites qualify for the semifinals, especially with their next two games to be played against New Zealand and India.
As a result of a lacklustre performance, South Africa have been knocked out of the tournament but with nothing to lose, the Proteas might come hard at Sri Lanka on Friday. Kagiso Rabada hasn't been anywhere close to his best in the tournament, hence the Proteas find themselves in such a chaos. With only two games to go, South Africa are playing for pride, hence a much better and a pressure-free performance could be expected.
Talking about South Africa's approach in the upcoming game, Sri Lanka's coach Chandika Hathurusingha, on the eve of the match, said, "You can take it either way. When you have no pressure of qualifying, they can come and play without any pressure, fearless cricket and that can get them going, so at the same time they can turn up and just want to go home, so you never know."