South Africa’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup is all, however finished. The 49-run rout on hands of Pakistan dashed their expectations of meeting all requirements for the semis. Notwithstanding against Afghanistan in a rain-reduced game, the Proteas have been offensive, without a doubt. All Faf du Plessis’ men are left with is rescuing a touch of pride in their last two league games. They are next scheduled to bolt horns with Sri Lanka on May 28 at Chester-le-Street.
The Lankans, then again, would be high on certainty in the wake of vanquishing England at the Headingley in Leeds. Dimuth Karunaratne and Co are in with a sensible shot of moving into the best four. Lanka is right now set seventh in the points table and furthermore should be careful about their Net Run Rate, which is presently – 1.119. As of late, the Proteas beat Lanka 5-0 out of a bilateral series and also came out trumps in the warm-up game.
Generally speaking, the pitch has been an amazing one for batting. In 14 finished ODIs at the venue, just five went for the group, batting first. Yet, in the last five One-Dayers, the normal score was a bit on the lower side with the numbers around 279. Three of those games were won by the group, batting second. Be that as it may, both Lanka and the Proteas have fumbled while pursuing and consequently, they would need to bat first.
The Islanders may not tinker with their winning combination. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera have found real success at the highest point of the request, having scored 180 and 161 runs each. However, even they have had their infrequent disappointments. The couple should be large and in charge. Avishka Fernando looked in incredible 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 greatest positive as of late has been Angelo Mathews’ arrival to frame. Mathews got a well-made 85 in the last game. Dhananjaya de Silva is gradually beginning to demonstrate all-round performances. Thisara Perera has been somewhat of a failure, however he remains a significant individual from the team. The Lankans will again admire Lasith Malinga to convey the products. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep need to assume their roles also.
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
The Proteas would need to offer opportunities to their sidelined players. Aiden Markram hasn’t tasted much achievement, having scored runs at a average of 21.20 and JP Duminy may get an opportunity in his place. Kagiso Rabada hasn’t looked close to his absolute best using any and all means and with all the discussion encompassing his choice to play IPL against the advice, he will have a point or two to prove.
Hashim Amla has a strike-rate of under 60 and that demonstrates the travails he has had in the tournament. Quinton de Kock began sufficiently however is somewhat shy of keeps running off late. Faf du Plessis has needed to contend energetically for his keeps running also. It’s entirely apparent that Rassie van der Dussen has been their most practiced hitter with 216 keeps running at a normal of 54. In the bowling division, Imran Tahir has been the champion, having gotten 10 wickets.
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
Probable Top Performer
Kusal Perera – Sri Lanka | Faf du Plessis – South Africa
TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
The Prediction is for South Africa to win the match.