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|Dhananjaya de Silva||24||41||2||0||58.54|
|Faf du Plessis||96||103||10||1||93.20|
|Quinton de Kock||15||16||3||0||93.75|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4.0||0||18||0||4.50|
We are approaching the business end of the tournament in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and a win for Pakistan over New Zealand has set the tournament up beautifully. England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are still in it with almost every match carrying significant importance as far as the final standings in the league stage are concerned. All the four teams mentioned above now need to win nearly all of their remaining matches to have any chance whatsoever qualify. Of all the four sides, the progression of Sri Lanka to top-four is least likely, but if they manage to win all their remaining three matches, things can get pretty exciting. Their next match is going to take place against South Africa on Friday, 28th April at The Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street, Durham. South Africa are already out of the competition, and they'll be desperate to win this encounter to avoid finishing among the bottom two teams. Both the sides are almost evenly matched, and we expect a spectacular game of cricket between the two sides.
Sri Lanka are currently placed at the seventh position in the points table, but a win here will push them into the top-half of the points table, which speaks volumes about how tight the race for the semi-finals is. Also, given that Sri Lanka have a game to play against India, which makes getting two important points in the upcoming match even more important.
Sri Lanka, so far in the tournament, have performed way better than the sum of its part and will be looking to continue to build on the momentum they got after posting an immaculate win over England in their previous encounter.
After a relatively poor performance by their batting on the whole, as has been the case with them in the series so far, it took a splendid effort from their bowlers as they restricted arguably the best batting lineup of the tournament to a subpar score. Lasith Malinga, their old work horse, has done extremely well in this tournament, defying his age and fitness. The win over England along with the break thereafter would not only have refreshed him as well as the sides but will also have provided the side with much-needed confidence.
Of the three matches, they have to play, two are against South Africa and West Indies - both of whom haven't looked in best of the form. Angelo Matthews scored a big, match-winning fifty against England and his return to form has buffed the Sri Lankan middle-order.
All in all, it was their batting which was under pressure and hadn't been delivering in recent-times. With Angelo Matthews back in form and the likes of Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, and Dimuth Karunaratne lend strength to their lineup at the top of the order. With their bowlers doing well, first against Afghanistan and then against England, no team would like to take a chance of allowing them to score too many runs.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis , Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, BMAJ Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.
Things haven't been going well for the Proteas, both on and off the field. It will be a huge challenge for their skipper and the coach to put things behind them with tournament already done and dusted and play with full motivation in their remaining fixtures.
Quinton de Kock came into the tournament on the back of some brilliant performances in the Indian Premier League, but he could not replicate the same in the marquee event. Barring Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, and Rassie van der Dussen, none of their players have been able to exceed the expectations of the levels they were needed to perform at.
They had a pretty good time before coming into the World Cup which included their 5-0 win over the Islanders earlier this year. That, however, appears to be a distant memory and considering the performance of the two sides in the tournament so far, Sri Lanka appear to be stronger of the two sides.
All in all, contrary to Sri Lanka, South Africa hav punched way below their weight. None of their players have managed to do anything of significance, and the lack of any substantial score from their middle-order has been the major contributor to their poor performance. Considering the pit they're in; it would take a monumental effort from their experienced players to bail them out. If their experienced players can step up and do something big, it won't be surprising if they end up doing something special.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, RVD Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
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With World Cup already done and dusted and any hopes of qualifying to the next round already squashed, the Proteas will be looking to get a consolation win and redeem a bit of their lost pride. They have done superbly in all of the bilateral matches played between the two teams since last World Cup, but they'd have to be wary of Sri Lanka's immaculate record in ICC tournaments. Considering the form of the two sides in the tournament thus far, it's hard to choose between sides as Sri Lanka too haven't beaten any top side apart from England. South Africa have had the upper hand between the two sides historically, but they have looked only like a mere shadow of themselves in recent times and considering that we think that the Islanders better placed, albeit slightly, to win the upcoming fixture.
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