South Africa will face Sri Lanka in match no 35 at June 28, 2019, at Riverside, Chester-le-Street in ICC World Cup 2019. South Africa has literally nothing to gain except some pride as their semifinal hope already over. Sri Lanka will be looking for a win as they revive the little hope for semifinal by beating host England in their previous game.

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Match Preview: Sri Lanka will looking for another win to revive their little hope of Semifinals

This World Cup is nothing less than a nightmare for the Proteus. Once an elite team, now a totally broken, uninspired, ill-fated team who are enduring one of the toughest time in their cricket history. Things are also not so brighter for Sri Lanka too. They’re also in off-form and their aging key players are showing signs of their age.

South Africa 

South Africa – the unluckiest team who never won a single silverware. They were always touted as a heavy favorite in every tournament but always chokes off when pressure comes on. Things are much worse in this tournament which is beyond thinking for many cricket fans. They literally surrendered to every team except South Asian minnows Afghanistan. Most of their players are out of form and showing absolutely no compassion for the team. Can they regain some pride before bowing out from this tournament? Chances seem so little if we consider their overall performances in this campaign which actually turns out an absolute nightmare for them.

Sri Lanka

The Champions of 1996 Cricket World Cup, also experiencing a troublesome time for the past couple of years. Their performances in this tournament also very upsetting. They were on the verge of elimination but their dramatic win against host and hot favorite England in their last game gave them a little hope. If they can play the way they played against England, they can surely beat disgruntled South Africa. With Lasith Malinga anything is possible. The old horse of Sri Lanka finally showing the signs of his aggressiveness.

Pitch Condition

The pitch of Riverside stadium mainly supports pace bowlers. It’s a very high pitch where bounce can be done properly.

Weather Condition

Chester le Street is a very cold place. Weather forecasts say, there’s a big chance of clouds and rain can come during the match.

Likely XI

Sri Lanka Likely XI –

  • Dimuth Karunaratne(c,
  • Kusal Perera(wk),
  • Avishka Fernando,
  • Kusal Mendis,
  • Angelo Mathews,
  • Jeevan Mendis, 
  • Dhananjayaa De Silva,
  • Thisara Perera,
  • Isuru Udana,
  • Lasith Malinga,
  • Nuwan Pradeep

South Africa likely XI- 

  • Hashim Amla
  • Quinton de Kock(wk),
  • Faf du Plessis(c),
  • Aiden Markram,
  • Rassei Van Dar,
  • David Miller,
  • Andile,
  • Chris Morris,
  • Kagiso Rabada,
  • Lungi Ngidi,
  • Imran Tahir

Injury Update

Rassie Van Dussen is the only injury concern for South Africa. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sri Lanka has no injury problem at all.

Match Prediction

Both of the teams are enduring a tumultuous condition in the World Cup. But, Sri Lanka has an upper hand as they are more confident after beating tournament favorite England and their old horse Lasith Malinga returns in form.

One team is looking for some pride while another wants to lights up their semifinal hopes. Things can be messy in Riverside stadium!