South Africa are set to cross swords with Sri Lanka in match 25 of the 20-20 World Cup. South Africa managed to regroup well after the controversy involving Quinton de Kock. Skipper Temba Bavuma led the troops well and the team responded nicely by brushing off the defending champions West Indies by eight wickets. The catalyst of the victory was Anrich Nortje, Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen.
Markram and Nortje have so far been phenomenal with the bat and ball respectively. The former has scored 98 runs, while the latter has managed to pick three wickets in two games by giving less than five runs per over. The pacer has been hard to get away on slow and sluggish wickets of the UAE. He has carried his good form from IPL and is posing a threat to the teams. The spin twins Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj have complimented him well.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka suffered their first loss in this year’s edition of the 20-20 World Cup. The team had no answers to Adam Zampa’s spin and David Warner’s lusty hitting. With very little time to regroup, Sri Lanka needs runs from senior players such as Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando to make inroads in the competition.
The match is going to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Of the three venues, this has been a difficult ground in terms of scoring runs. It will be an afternoon game with the average score expected to be around 135 to 140.
The forecast predicted for Saturday (October 30) is 33 degrees Celsius. It would be hot and sunny throughout the day.
Playing Combinations South Africa
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Playing Combinations 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
Matches- 16, Sri Lanka– 5, South Africa– 10, Tied- 1
In 20-20 World Cups
Matches- 3, Sri Lanka– 1, South Africa– 2, Tied- 0
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 03:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming- Disney + Hotstar