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T20 World Cup 2021: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Match Preview

The Proteas have beaten the Lankans in their previous six meetings in T20Is. South Africa and Sri Lanka are going to face each other in the T20 World Cup on Saturday, October 30. This is a very crucial match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The Proteas, led by Temba Bavuma, got off to a nervy start in the Super 12s after Australia beat them by five wickets on Saturday, October 23.

However, they came back to crush West Indies by eight wickets on Tuesday. They are currently placed at third in the points table. The Lankans, on the other hand, won four games in a row in the World Cup, but Australia defeated them by seven wickets to halt their winning run in the event.

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Match Details

Match – South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Match 25

Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network

Pitch Report

The pitch in Sharjah has been a sporting one to play cricket. Run-making hasn’t been overly tough and bowlers have had their say as well. The track, however, has favored the team, batting second. Hence, chasing should be the way forward.

Average first innings score: 144 (4 T20Is in Sharjah in T20 World Cup 2021)

Record of Chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs

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Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara

Bench: Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal

South Africa

Reeza Hendricks (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

Bench: Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Quinton de Kock

Head-to-head

Overall

Matches- 16, Sri Lanka– 5, South Africa– 10, Tied- 1

In T20 World Cups

Matches- 3, Sri Lanka– 1, South Africa– 2, Tied- 0

Probable best batter of the match

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Aiden Markram (South Africa)

Aiden Markram has looked in ominous form in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup. In South Africa’s first warm-up game against Afghanistan, he scored 48 runs. The right-hander is currently the leading run-scorer for the Proteas in the tournament, having scored 91 runs at an average of 91. In the previous game against the West Indies, he scored an unbeaten 51.

Probable best bowler of the match

Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)

Nortje has not been easy to pounce on by any means. The speedster has bowled with a lot of venoms and hasn’t allowed the batters to dictate terms. In two matches, Nortje has picked up three wickets. Moreover, he has bowled at an economic rate of 4.37, the best among the South African bowlers. The Lankans can’t afford to be complacent while facing him.

Prediction:

Lankans have some good young talents. Also, they were unbeaten for consecutive four matches. Still, South Africa is definitely the better side and is expected to win. Although, it will not be that easy. The second batting team will surely get an extra advantage.

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