Sri Lanka Vs South Africa Match in Champions Trophy 2017
Question in detail
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa, 3rd Match, Group B: Seeking a perfect start to their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign, South Africa, the top-ranked ODI side will contest Sri Lanka in their first clash at Oval, London. Both the teams have a high-flown ICC history with each triumphing CT title once. When compared on overall stats count, South Africa has been outstanding throughout. They have been superior head-to-head winning all the 7 previous games over Sri Lanka. However, at this particular ground (Oval), Lanka carries a better win percentage than South Africa. They have won 4 out of their 10 matches at the venue.
Match no. 3 in ICC Champions Trophy will see Sri Lanka and South Africa coming face-to-face for the first fixture of Group B. While South Africa is reveling in top ODI rank with 5711 points, Sri Lanka pegs seventh position at present with 4273 points. South African playing XI against Sri Lanka is likely to be as: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel
In Sri Lanka Vs South Africa match at Oval, Africa without a doubt looks upper hand. They roughly have 70% chances to win the match. Sri Lanka, too, have match winners in their squad. But, to overpower mighty Africa, they have to play better than their opponents. The likely Sri Lanka playing XI in SL Vs SA match could be as: Angelo Mathews(c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga
A lot will depend on the toss as well at Kennington Oval, London. This is so because the venue in recent times has seen most results in favor the teams batting second. The team fielding first will have a slight edge over the team fielding second. And that makes sense. The toss-winning captain won't shy away from electing to bowl first. Out toss predictions find Lanka to be the winner on Saturday. And the reason behind this is that they have won 7 out of their last 10 tosses at this ground.
Will South Africa tide over Sri Lanka to get an emphatic start to their CT 2017 campaign?