Sri Lanka keep up their World Cup dream alive with their last win against England. Lasith Malinga yet again proved his worth and showcased why he’s one of the best bowlers ever. The veteran picked up 4 wickets to see his side through.
South Africa are termed as the biggest upset in this World Cup as the side rest at the 2nd last position with only one win.
The side’s infamous tag of ‘Chokers’ has come into play yet again as the otherwise giant, is choking in another edition of the World Cup.
Currently, it’s a do or die situation for Sri Lanka as they need to win all their remaining matches to secure a sure shot semi-final birth.
Sri Lanka (Probable XI): Kusal Perera(WK), Dimuth Karunaratna (C), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhanajaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardane/Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep.
South Africa (Probable XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Kusal Perera vs Imran Tahir
Kusal Perera is an elegant left-hander who burst into the cricketing scene after his batting style was found to replicate the mighty Sanath Jayasuriya.
With over 2400 ODI runs, Kusal has ample experience on his side to play long innings and steer the Lankan batting.
Perera has 2 half-centuries in this tournament and possesses capability to play a long innings. It will be a testing ground for the left-hander as it’s a must win game for his side.
The right arm leg-break bowler is easily one of the best bowlers to play the game today. The 40 year old veteran never makes his age a matter of question with his electric vibe on the field.
With 10 wickets in 7 games, Tahir is currently the 7th highest wicket taker in this tournament. The 4th best ODI ranked bowler has over 170 wickets in 105 matches and bowls with a bowling average of 24.
Tahir will again be looked up to, to get quick fire wickets and give his side an edge, at the early half of an innings.
Lasith Malinga vs Faf du Plessis
The old war horse needs no special introduction. Malinga has been a part of the Lankan side since the beginning of 2004. Going by the name of Slinga, he is regarded as one of the best ODI bowlers of all time.
Malinga’s Yorkers are the most feared and said to be unplayable at most times. With over 200 ODI games and 330 wickets, Malinga is still Sri Lanka’s go to bowler and is leading the pace attack for his side in this tournament.
This is his 4th World Cup tournament; with this experience, Malinga is Sri Lanka’s key to this World Cup.
The South African skipper is easily one of the best ODI batsman to play the game today. Faf is currently ranked 6th in ODIs and has over 5000 runs, in just 141 matches.
The Protea batsman bats with an average of 45 and has been a pillar to his side’s batting, ever since his debut. Du Plessis is having a nightmare of a run in this World Cup.
With only 1 win in 7 matches, SA is the 2nd last team in this tournament.
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Both the sides will be seen giving it their all as it’s a must win side for both. Sri Lanka for the win to keep their World Cup hopes alive and South Africa to save their blushes.
The game will be played at Chester-le-street, which is the latest venue in this World Cup. The pitch condition suggests a flat wicket, which calls for a 260+ score game.
This game will definitely be exciting as both the sides will be seen fighting harder this win, so the chance of it this match to be exciting is less to none.
Both the Captains are expected to play crucial knocks to steer the innings for theirs side.
Team Cricwizz predicts that Sri Lanka will take down the Proteas by a small margin to keep their World Cup hopes alive.