ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – South Africa vs Sri Lanka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs Sri Lanka taking place? Friday 28th June – 10:30 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Sri Lanka taking place? Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

What is the expected weather for South Africa vs Sri Lanka? 18-19c with sunshine and the occasional cloudy spell

What television channel is South Africa vs Sri Lanka on in the UK? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream South Africa vs Sri Lanka? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Sri Lanka? Tickets are still available for this match via Stubhub for as little as £45.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs (D/L method)

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

Coach: Ottis Gibson

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • South Africa have already been eliminated from the World Cup as they come into their penultimate match and they are going to have to pick themselves up and somehow turn things around if they are to salvage pride after a hugely disappointing tournament.

  • The inquest began right after the last defeat at the hands of Pakistan on Sunday with criticism coming in for skipper Du Plessis and key pace bowler Rabada, and there is plenty of negativity within the camp which does not bode well for them producing a good performance here.

  • There is a chance that there could be a couple of changes with Pretorius and Shamsi candidates to be given opportunities in the eleven if they do decide to make changes and it would be no surprise if they rest one of two of their struggling regulars.

SRI LANKA

Coach: Chandika Hathurusinghe

Captain: Dimuth Karunaratne

  • Sri Lanka’s stunning win over England last Friday coupled with another loss for the hosts on Tuesday to Australia has opened the door to Sri Lanka’s chances of a semi-final spot but that makes this match a must-win game for them at Chester-le-Street.

  • Their first priority will be winning this game but they also know that improving their net run rate is also important so that could become a factor later in the game though getting the basics right first has to be the key for them.

  • Despite the win over England, there were plenty of areas for improvement with the bat especially as the openers were both gone with only three on the board and they will need to give their bowlers better support if they are to win here.

THE PREDICTION

This is one of those awful matches where motivation could be a factor as only one team has anything to play for but the team in question remain the underdogs for the match. Sri Lanka have a poor recent record against South Africa but they do have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals and a win here is key. The key for them will be whether their batting unit can match their bowling attack who are playing well and should give them a chance in this game. So much depends on South Africa’s mindset as in some ways they may now benefit from playing with freedom. That said, there is very little in their recent performances to suggest South Africa can reverse this form so Sri Lanka may just be able to sneak another win and join England on eight points.