Sri Lanka will face struggling South Africa in a must-win encounter

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Here is a contest to watch out for, Sri Lanka takes on the Struggling ‘Proteas’ in a world Cup Clash. This contest will be played on Friday 28th June 2019 at Chester – le – Street. 

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Team Sri Lanka

The Lankans are still in the contention of the semi-final berth. But they should beat South Africa by a good margin and for that, they need to step up on the field. Concerns for Sri Lanka is that their batsmen aren’t doing too much. Skipper Karunaratne scored a brilliant 97 but there was nothing before and after that. He needs to carry his team forward as he did against Australia.

The middle order is no way near to getting runs. If Sri Lanka wants to break into that top 4 spots then their middle order batsmen need to get runs. They have a long batting line up but it doesn’t make sense if the Lankan batsmen will not score. Kushal Perera, Lahiru Thiramane, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, and Siriwardana need to hold that middle order which hasn’t been firing in this tournament.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Team Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews played against England in their last match, but his form to hasn’t been great. His unbeaten 86 runs took Sri Lanka to 233 runs which were defended successfully in the end. Mathews will need another big score to guide Sri Lanka. Hopes are on this legend to take Sri Lanka through to the semis. The Sri Lankan batsmen should be able to negotiate the swing which will be used by the South African pacers.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview

Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phelukwayo, and Chris Morris will be a threat to the Sri Lankan batters. And they should not forget Imran Tahir, who is a world class bowler from South Africa. He can run through the struggling Sri Lankan batting line up alone.

The Lankans have successfully defended the low score twice in this tournament. Against England, it was a tough ask but still, their bowlers bowled their heart out and won the game for the Sri Lankan fans. Lasith Malinga is a champion bowler still, he is into his last world cup tournament so he will want to end his career by lifting the world cup trophy.

Against England, he stole the show, defending just 233 runs is not easy and against a batting line up like England, it was never meant to be easy. But Malinga bowled some swinging Yorkers and that did the trick for Sri Lanka. Nuwan Pradeep too was a good support for Malinga. Even Dhananjaya de Silva was goo with his spin. The all-around effort with the ball gave Sri Lanka a much-needed win. Sri Lanka needs this all-around effort with the bat on Friday. Their primary weak link is their batting.

The seniors need to step and the youngster will have to contribute to this match. From now on Sri Lanka should take every match as a do or die because their journey ahead is not easy.  They will face India and West Indies ahead in this tournament. If they lose even 1 game than their journey will come to an end in this world cup 2019.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Probable XI of Sri Lanka

Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, IsuruUdana, ThisaraPerera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, MilindaSiriwardana, Dimuth Karunaratne, KusalPerera, KusalMendis

 South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Team South Africa

The men in green have officially been choked out of the world cup 2019. Their losses to Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, India, and New Zealand have been very disappointing. South Africa have not any things right in this tournament. They have a concern in all forms.

Their batting is not clicking nor their bowling. They haven’t stepped out with that positive intent. There was no planning of any sorts, that’s why they find themselves in this situation. Now against Sri Lanka, they can play freely and this may be an added advantage for them. Their batsmen can approach with a positive frame of mind. South Africa will need a consolation win here. This will bring their confidence back.

Players like Amla, de Plessis, de Kock, Markram and Miller can go all guns blazing against Sri Lanka. They are no pressure for them. But they need to watchful against Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva. There are the bowlers who take the game away from them.

South Africa started the tournament with a loss if their batsmen do well then they can end with this tournament in winning ways. The bowlers too have a task, a lot was expected from Kagiso Rabada but he didn’t full fill the expectations. He had an ordinary tournament. He would like to end it well.

Morris and Phelukwayo too didn’t bowl well as they would have liked to, there below par performance is the reason why South Africa has won only 1 game in this tournament. Imran Tahir is still a possible threat to the Lankans and he will be the player to watch out for in this contest.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview

But Tahir had no support from his fellow members. That is very disheartening to see. South Africa need another spinner to make an impression. Maybe JP Duminy can roll his arm over as Adien Markram did.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview – Probable 11 for South Africa

Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram/JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi.

Will South Africa win get a consolation win? Or can Sri Lanka secure their semi-final berth?

The answer will be brought to us on 28th June 2019 at Star Sports Networks and Hotstar app at 3 PM IST. 

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