Fantasy Cricket: 2019 ICC World Cup – Sri Lanka vs South Africa Preview

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The action in the 2019 ICC World Cup is moving to an interesting phase. England have opened the doors for other teams to sneak into the top-four. Sri Lanka will look to make the best use, when they play South Africa next. This match #35 will be played in Durham on Friday.

With six points in six games, Sri Lanka only have an outside chance of qualifying for the semis. They need to win all their remaining three matches. South Africa have nothing to play after being eliminated. However, with pride at stake, they will look to put their best foot forward.

Sri Lanka Preview

Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera hold the key to Sri Lanka’s chances. Veteran batsman Angelo Mathews got among the runs in the previous game against England. That is great news for Sri Lanka, who are still searching for consistency.

With the ball, Lasith Malinga has been brilliant for them. With consistent displays and an ability to read the situation, he is proving to be quite an asset. Sri Lanka will also hope to make the best use of South Africa’s current situation.

South Africa Preview

The Proteas have disappointed their fans and have looked a disjointed unit. The challenge for captain Faf du Plessis is to rally the team. Given that only Rassie van der Dussen has been among the runs, South Africa face a tough challenge.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been their other standout player. Kagiso Rabada’s ineffectiveness has been a shock. All rounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo have shown grit, which is good news for the side.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Rassie van der Dussen has made scores of 50, 41, 22, 67* and 36 in the tournament. He has looked in control every time he batted and remains a good pick.

Isuru Udana had a great tour of South Africa earlier in the year. He blasted the bowlers all around the park. This tournament has been another good one for Udana with his fielding coming out good as well.

Imran Tahir is a bundle of joy to watch. His bowling has been sensational for South Africa. With his ODI farewell nearer, he will look to do most of the damage.

Predicted XIs

JP Duminy could get into the side for South Africa.

Sri Lanka: 1 Quinton de Kock (WK) 2 Hashim Amla 3 JP Duminy 4 Faf du Plessis (C) 5 Rassie van der Dussen 6 David Miller 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Chris Morris 9 Beuran Hendricks 10 Lungi Ngidi 11 Imran Tahir

Sri Lanka will miss Nuwan Pradeep, who is down with fever.

South Africa:  1 Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2 Kusal Perera (WK) 3 Avishka Fernando 4 Kusal Mendis 5 Angelo Mathews 6 Jeevan Mendis 7 Dhananjaya de Silva 8 Thisara Perera 9 Isuru Udana 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Suranga Lakmal

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