Sri Lanka vs South Africa: The 3rd match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is played between Srilanka and Sowuth Africa at Oval. Check out SL v SA team Preview, Expected playing XI & Sri lanka vs South Africa Dream11 team prediction below.
(SL vs SA) Srilanka vs South Africa Match Preview, Dream 11 Prediction, Expected playing XI
CT 2017: SL vs SA Match Details
3RD JUNE, GROUP B: SRI LANKA Vs SOUTH AFRICA VENUE: THE OVAL Timings: 10:30 Local | 9:30 (GST) | 3:00 PM (IST)
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Match Preview
Srilanka & South Africa HEAD-TO-HEAD: PLAYED 65, SRI LANKA 29, SOUTH AFRICA 34, TIED &N/R 2.
Srilanka vs South Africa in Champions Trophy:
Matches PLAYED: 3 SRI LANKA Won: 1 SOUTH AFRICA Win: 2
Sri Lanka may not be the lowest ranked team playing the Champions Trophy, but as far as experience and stats are concerned they presumably are the weakest. It’ll be a stern test for the Lankans in the Champions Trophy, where the margin of error is dwarfish. They take on the #1 ODI side in their opener. Over the years in the ICC tournaments, the Lankans have had an uncanny knack of peeking at the right time. The chances of that happening this year do look bleak considering they play their first group game without their captain, Angelo Mathews.
South Africa currently are ranked #1 and are one of the favourites to make it to the top 4. Batting has always been their major strength. They’ve always managed to produce pacers of the highest quality and in Kagiso Rabada they have one of the most exciting fast bowling prospects. Rabada, after his deadly spell of 4/39 has moved the number #1 spot in the ICC rankings for bowlers in ODIs. AB de Villiers ranks #1 in ODIs for batsmen. The Proteas have all departments covered— that’s been the narrative in the major tournaments they’ve been a part of, but, appalling is the fact that they’ve won only a single ICC event.
Players To Watch Out For SL vs SA Match
Asela Gunaratne (Sri Lanka), Hashim Amla (South Africa)
Sri Lanka are without their captain Angelo Mathews. The onus now shifts to the senior pros in the squad. One such significant contributer has been Gunaratne. Ever since he's made it to the Lankan squad he's been a regular and has won them games out of no where. Against the likes of Rabada, Morris and Morkel, the white kookaburra is certain to test the batting mettle of the asian squad. Sweet chin music is guaranteed and to negate the pace and the lateral movement in conditions that assist the seamers, Gunaratne needs to step up and step up good.
MATCHES PLAYED 13, RUNS 319, AVERAGE 35.44, STRIKE RATE 87.63.
The most common traits, the leading batters in the world have is, they make batting look ridiculously easy. The quartet of Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kohli have always lured attention. The pundits laud them for their technique, their composure out in the centre, their array of strokes and also their fitness. Hashim Amla somehow is never mentioned in that elite bracket, never gets the praise he deserves. He’s undoubtedly on par with the top 4— when he drives the ball off the front foot or cuts or pulls or punches one off the backfoot, you know you’re watching greatness unfold. The stats he’s assembled are gargantuan and at this pace he’s bound to shatter records.
— 50.22: his average in ODI cricket.
— 72.75: the average time(minutes) he spends at the batting crease.
— 24, number of hundreds scored by Hashim Amla in ODIs and also the entire Sri Lankan squad.
Champions Trophy SL vs SA Expected Playing XI
PROBABLE PLAYING XI (SOUTH AFRICA): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), AB de Villiers, Faf Du Plesis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phelukwayo, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI (SRI LANKA): Upul Tharanga(c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Thisera Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga.
SRI LANKA’S TEAM COMBINATION:
In 2017, Sri Lanka have played 8 games, lost 6 and won just the single game. Their average per wicket this year is 25.68. Only West Indies, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Zimbabwe have a poorer stat. Partnerships are the key to posting a match-winning score and Sri Lanka have to work on it ardently.
Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella are the likely opening duo. Tharanga will be Sri Lanka’s nucleus. The batters coming down the order will need to revolve around him, while, he’ll hold the responsibility to bat the majority of overs. Kusal Mendis at one drop is an attacking option. Dinesh Chandimal is another player who can shift gears if needed. Sri Lanka have a solid number 4 in him. Asela Gunaratne, Thisara and Kapugedara complete the batting order.
A lot will be anticipated from Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka’s talisman player. Malinga is making a comeback to ODI cricket after a year and a half. His form in the T20 format has been decent— a major boost for the Lankan unit. Sandakan adds variety to the bowling attack with his mystical chinaman. Though the conditions in England are seamer friendly, his guile will test the African batting prowess.
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa Match Prediction:
Sri Lanka enter this fixture as the second favourite side. They do have the freedom to express themselves. If a positive synergy is formed between ability and execution, they can challenge the Proteas. But, how much is enough to keep them alive in the game ? The South African team did lose the ODI series against England recently, but the third one-day international saw Rabada and Parnell thrash the hefty Poms. At THE OVAL, in the Group B opener between Sri Lanka and South Africa, it’s advantage South Africa.
CT 17 Sri Lanka vs South Africa Dream 11 / SL vs SA Dream 11 Team prediction
DREAM XI FOR South Africa vs Srilanka: A 4-3-3 combination possibly will be effective for this fixture.
Wicket-keeper: Quinton De Kock(c)
Batsmen: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers(vc), Dinesh Chandimal, Faf du Plesis.
All-rounders: JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Asela Gunaratne.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga.