Sri Lanka vs South Africa- 3rd game Group B
The game will be played at The Oval, London at 1500 IST.
Sri Lanka will go into the game as underdogs as the number one ranked side in the one day format i.e. South Africa. This will be third game of the ICC Champions Trophy and the first game of Group B. England and Bangladesh played the tournament opener at the very same venue.
South Africa have a strong team this time around as well with Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers making up the top four of the batting lineup. De Kock has been in phenomenal form of late after piling on the runs for the side last year. Amla keeps on churning out runs time and again with effortless ease and finesse. He completed 7,000 runs in the format and would be keen to continue rich vein of form in the competition. AB de Villiers will be key for South Africa as he is the best batsman in the lineup. The right-handed batsman will be keen to make his mark in the competition in order to end South Africa’s 20 year wait for their second global trophy.
Sri Lanka on the other hand can never counted as they have plenty of young players in the lineup along with experienced ones like Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga. Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella are all dangerous players when it comes to limited overs format and could take the game away from the opposition at any time. Lakshan Sandakan has been good for Sri Lank as his left-arm Chinaman keeps puzzling the opposition batsmen while Gunaratne and Pathirana are good options with the ball in hand. Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara are pace options for Sri Lanka for the competition.
Head to Head record: Total games 65: South Africa 34 Sri Lanka 29 Tied 1 NR 1
The overall record is close one with South Africa fractionally ahead hut in the last ten one day internationals completed, South Africa have won eight while Sri Lanka have won only on two occasions.
Record in Champions Trophy: In 3 games played, South Africa won two games while Sri Lanka won. The last time sides met was in 2009 in South Africa where Sri Lanka came out on top as winners.
Likely XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel
Likely XI: Upul Tharanga (c), Nirsohan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Chamara Kapugedera, Seekkuge Prasanna, , Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
Kennington Cricket Ground at The Oval
The weather will be perfect as plenty of runs are expected from the teams. Expect a high-scoring game. Teams batting second have won more games at the venue.
Highest Totals: 398 by New Zealand against England in 2015
Top Picks for South Africa: Hashim Amla, Wayne Parnell
Top Picks for Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep