Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 35th Match Prediction2019-06-29
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Man of the Match: Dwaine Pretorius
?South Africa has won 17 out of the last 20 one day internationals they have played against Sri Lanka
?Sri Lanka has won only once against South Africa when they have played in English soil
?South Africa has a strong bowling line-up in Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: South Africa to win this game!
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South Africa has had a horrid time in the World Cup and is out of the contention for the semi-finals having registered only one win in the tournament. They would now take on Sri Lanka in the 35th game of the tournament at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. The Sri Lankans who have also had a bad tournament are still alive with a faint chance of making into the next round. They will have to win this upcoming game.
The head-to-head record between the two sides is overwhelmingly in favor of the South Africans who have lost only thrice in the last 20 games. Sri Lanka comes into this game after a great win against England and it would be interesting to see if they are able to overcome their poor record against South Africa and win this one.
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Dimuth Karunaratne’s side did the near impossible in the last game against England. They forced the famed English batting line-up to bite the dust in the high stakes game and successfully defended a low score. With this win, the side has been able to keep its hopes alive for the rest of the tournament. The skipper would be aware of his side’s poor record against South Africa and would want to do well in the next game.
Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews did well in the last game with the bat and they would look to continue with the form. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perara their most consistent batsmen failed in the last game and shall be looking to do well in the next one. The problem for the side has been its failure in the lower order where they have lost too many wickets in all games and would look to correct that in the next game.
Lasith Malinga bowled like a champion in the last game to script a win for the side. Dhananjaya de Silva also supported him well and they would be looking to repeat the same performance in the next game. Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana have had their good performance in a few games and they will be looking to exploit South Africa’s poor form in the upcoming game.
Thisara Perera, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis , Dimuth Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando
It has been the worst campaign for South Africa in World Cups ever. Faf du Plessis’ men have just been playing a catch-up game all through the tournament. Their big loss to Pakistan in the last game has thrown them out of the tournament. As they take on the Sri Lankan side they have only pride to play for and du Plessis would want his men to put up a strong fight and restore some of their lost confidence.
Quinton de Kock and du Plessis did well in the last game like they have done in the previous games. Hashim Amla has had a poor tournament and would like to get some runs in the next game. Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo have done well down the order but they have failed to perform as a unit which has resulted in their poor overall performance. These guys would be looking to put up a better performance in the next game.
On the bowling front, the side has suffered from the problem of inconsistency. Kagiso Rabada has done well but not quite up to his standards. Imran Tahir has been brilliant while Lungi Ngidi has also not been able to perform consistently. In the next game, these guys along with Chris Morris and Phehlukwayo will want to put the ball in the right areas and help their side win.
Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir
|F du Plessis||63||79||5||0||79.75|
|Q de Kock||47||60||3||2||78.33|
Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi
There weather predictions are good for June 28 at Chester-le-Street and it is expected to be clear skies. This will make the conditions good for batting. This will be the first game of the tournament at this venue and the ball might do a bit in the morning. A score of 300 plus is on the cards.
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street is a small ground when compared to some of the other venues used in this tournament. Batsmen can hit through the line easily and have done well at this venue. Fast bowlers do well in the early overs while spinners come into the game in the latter half when the ball turns a bit.
It is a fresh wicket and hence there would be some moisture on the surface which will make the ball move around a bit in the first hour or so when it would be most difficult conditions to bat. We expect the side winning the toss to bowl first on this surface.
South Africa has had a bad tournament where they haven’t managed to live up to the kind of cricket they are known to play and find themselves out of the knockout stages. Sri Lanka too has had its troubles in the tournament but is alive due to their win over England in the last game. Given the kind of record that South Africa has against Sri Lanka, we expect them to start as favorites for this contest.
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