Start Time:03:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street
Head to Head in World Cups- In World Cups, South Africa have clearly dominated with three wins on the bounce against Sri Lanka. The Islanders last won a World Cup game against South Africa in 1992 in Australia.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa
The side will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this must-win game against South Africa. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has shown exceptional leadership to galvanize this unit that looked in total despair before the World Cup.
The skipper has truly led from the front and chipped in with decent scores for the side in this World Cup. Left-hander will be keen to produce runs for the side in this knockout game against South Africa. Islanders will be hoping that Kusal Perera can repeat his Durban heroics in this game. Left-hander has the ability to decimate the bowling attacks in the initial 20 overs.
The experienced players like Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews also came good for Sri Lanka in their previous fixture against England. Matthews batted beautifully on a difficult pitch at Headingley to see Sri Lanka pull off a famous win over formidable side like England.
In the bowling department, the veteran pacer Lasith Malinga produced a scintillating spell to finish with four wickets to his name. Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana picked up crucial wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva also looked dangerous on a turning pitch..
The side has gone through their Worst World Cup campaign since readmission in 1992. Captain Faf du Plessis will need to bring in new players in a bid to turn things around and end the competition on a positive note. Dwaine Pretorious, Tabraiz Shamsi and JP Duminy might feature in the playing XI.
David Miller has been ruled out of this game due to groin injury. JP Duminy will take his place in the playing XI and will be looking to deliver runs with the bat in this game.
Aiden Markram might get a chance to prove his mettle again against the likes of Malinga and co. The young gun has not delivered as promised and will need to grind out a score in this game.
Lack of runs from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis has seen South Africa lose consecutive games in this World Cup. The experienced players need to come to the party if South Africa wants to end their losing streak at Chester-le-Street.
Imran Tahir and Chris Morris have done excellent job for the side in this World Cup. Beuran Hendricks or Tabraiz Shamsi might replace Kagiso Rabada for this game. He has looked jaded throughout this competition.