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South Africa vs Sri Lanka | World Cup 2019 | Match 35 | FanFight Fantasy Cricket Preview | Sri Lanka Have Their Hopes Alive

South Africa vs Sri Lanka | World Cup 2019 | Match 35 | FanFight Fantasy Cricket Preview | Sri Lanka Have Their Hopes Alive

South Africa vs Sri Lanka: The Proteas are out of the title contention. That’s one headline you’d hear in the knockout stages of a World Cup but here we are, after 34 games. Faf du Plessis’ XI have managed to win only one game this World Cup & they’ll be mere spectators for the rest of the 2019 World Cup. They’ve got two games left & they’ll look to make the most of it. They’ve been part of the World Cup 8 times & have made it to the top 4, 4 times. Not this time though & with a couple of games left. Shows how mediocre the team from the rainbow nation have been.


In the year 2019, South Africa have played 17 games & have been defeated 7 times. 5 of those have come in the quadrennial tournament. Major signs to worry? The Africans were stunned by injuries to Dale Steyn & their A-listers haven’t been even remotely close to their original best. The highest individual score for them this tournament – 68 by Quinton De Kock. 19 hundreds have been scored by the batters & none of the South African players have gotten to the 3-figure mark. Faf du Plessis has been on the bleaker end of run-making & his constant failures in the middle order has been a major drawback. The men in green have nothing to lose & come this Friday, they’ll play for & with a lot of pride.

The Lanks have made quite a comeback this World Cup. Currently, on 6 points, the Asian giants have a chance to finish with 12 points & with that confirm a berth in the top 4. This, however, is a possibility only if the other teams fumble. An inspired effort from Lasith Malinga & a fighting half-century by Angelo Matthews helped Lanka stay in the hunt. Malinga has been sharp, dextrous & has bowled with a lot of quality. But if Sri Lanka fancy to qualify for the semis, victories in all of their remaining games has to be achieved. Do they have the quality to go all the way?


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When: 28th June 2019, Friday

Where: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Kick-Off Time: 3:00 PM


South Africa lead the H2H battle by 43 games to 31. In the last 4 years, the teams have met on 5 occasions & the Proteas have won all 5. In World Cup cricket, South Africa have won 3 games out of the 5 played. This time though, the South African legion hasn’t been able to do as much damage. Can the Africans compete against a stern Lankan outfit who, after a victory against the English have made announced themselves in the race for the top 4?


At the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, Sri Lanka have a hundred per cent record. The Lions have played 2, won 2. From the years 2010-2018, the run-rate at this venue has gone up to 5.54. The scoring rate at this venue during the 2000-2009 period was 4.96. 9 games have been won by the team batting second out of the 16 played. England hosted Australia here in June 2018. England chased down 311 in 44.1 overs. For South Africa vs Sri Lanka fixture, the skipper winning the toss will certainly elect to field first.


The game against Australia will probably be JP Duminy’s final ODI & he’s expected to replace Aiden Markram. The rest of the squad is likely to remain the same.

Nuwan Pradeep will be out for this game due to fever & his replacement for this game would be Suranga Lakmal.



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


Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga


Imran Tahir has been the pick of the bowlers for South Africa this World Cup. The wily leggie has picked 10 wickets in 6 innings with an average of 27.90. However, against Sri Lanka, Tahir’s numbers are outstanding. In 14 matches, the leg-break bowler has picked 33 wickets. The most by him against any nation. His average against the Lankan unit 15.03 & his runs/over – 3.93. Tahir has managed to generate bounce & turn off tracks in England. Against a tentative Sri Lanka middle-order, he’ll fancy his chances. He’ll be the player to watch out for & if he does pick wickets, he’ll have the celebratory sprint going.

Angelo Matthews’ 85* against England proved to be the game changer against England. The Lankan all-rounder has played 208 internationals so far & the onus of carrying the middle order rests on his shoulder. He started off poorly with scores of 0,0 & 9 but his knock against the Poms would have done his confidence a world of good. Against South Africa, Matthews averages 34.35 & has scored 5 fifties. He’s got all the shots in the books but can he deliver when it matters the most?





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