RSA vs SL Match Preview

South Africa is going into this game with a good run of form in their recent games. They have won 3 out of their last 5 encounters in one-day internationals. The key players for SA in the competition such as Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen are in terrific form with the bat. One of the significant bowlers for South Africa is Lungi Ngidi who usually leads the bowling attack for the Proteas. If you consider the overall head-to-head between the two countries you will find South Africa leading the stats 45-33. They also lead the record in the World Cup 4-1.

Make no mistake about the fact that the South African team led by Temba Bavuma is one of the title contenders in this competition. South Africans beat Australia in the recently concluded ODI series at home. That must have been a huge boost to the confidence level of their team. They have a great record against the Lankans in the last 5 years. The South African openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma will be keen to provide a quick start to their innings. The middle order will be in the hands of Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and Rassie van der Dussen. Divid Miller as usual will be the finisher. The fast-bowling duties will be in the hands of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada.

Sri Lankans have also played well in recent games and have recorded a rare win over South Africa as well. Some of the Sri Lankan batters such as Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka have been remarkably consistent for their team. The most potent bowler in this team is Maheesh Theeksana. He is expected to be their top wicket-taker. Although the Sri Lankans have a slightly poorer overall record against South Africa they cannot be ruled out from this match-up as they can easily turn things around in this game.

However, the Lankan side led by Dasun Shanaka is probably one of the weakest teams fielded by the island nation in the recent past in a major event. Sri Lankan cricket has struggled in the recent past and does not have sufficient match winners in their ranks as they once used to. Pathum Nissanka will have to prove himself on this bigger stage. Together with Dimuth Karunaratne, he will have to counter the threat posed by the South African fast bowlers. There is plenty of experience in the middle order in the form of Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Kusal Mendis The brunt of the bowling department will have to be handled by Dunith Wellalage and Kasun Rajitha.

Weather Report

We are likely to get temperatures close to 36 degrees during the game. The afternoons will be bright and sunny with clear skies. The relative humidity for the matches will be close to 28% and there are no chances of getting showers during the game. You can expect winds in the region of 9 to 11 km/hr during this match.

Pitch Report

This is the first game of the league stages of the competition to be played at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi. Sri Lankans have never played one-day international cricket in Delhi since 2009. South Africans on the other hand have played against India on this track last year. It is not a high-scoring surface and you can expect a medium-sized total put forward on it.

Notable stats

The average number of wickets to fall on this track is on the higher side.

As many as 9 wickets have fallen on an average on this track per innings. It points to a track that offers help to the bowlers.

Bowling stats at the venue point to spinners enjoying the conditions more.

Spinners have picked up 39 wickets on this track with an average of 21 while the faster bowlers have picked up 45 scalps at an average of 25.

Team News

There do not appear to be any injury updates available for this game. You can expect the whole team to be available for selection on the match day.

RSA vs SL Probable 11

RSA Playing 11

  • Temba Bavuma (C)
  • Quinton de Kock (Wk)
  • David Miller
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Aiden Markram
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Tabraiz Shamsi

SL Playing 11

  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Kusal Mendis (Wk)
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Dunith Wellalage
  • Maheesh Theekshana
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Matheesha Pathirana
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

The Sri Lankans will be going into this competition with their confidence on the lower ebb. Their batters have been inconsistent and the side has overcome the batting challenges against a high-quality bowling attack. South Africans on the other hand have a very good bowling attack together with a strong batting line-up and they are sure to test the island nation in both pace and spin bowling departments. All-in-all South Africans will be the favorites to win this contest and open their account in the league stages of the World Cup.

Top Picks

Aiden Markram: Aiden Markram has been in phenomenal form in recent games with the bat for South Africa. In his last 9 appearances for them, he has scored 515 runs from 9 games with an average of 73.57 and a strike rate of 122.61.

Maheesh Theekshana: Theekshana has picked up 23 wickets from his last 9 games with a strike rate of 20.6 and an economy rate of 4.48.

Temba Bavuma: The South African skipper has scored 492 runs from his last 8 games with an incredible average of 82 and a strike rate of 102.07.

Kusal Mendis: Mendis has scored 382 runs from his last 10 appearances for Sri Lanka with an average of 47.75 and a strike rate of 81.97.

RSA vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Q de Kock (C), K Mendis

Batters: D Miller, T Bavuma, R van der Dussen, P Nissanka

All-rounders: A Markram, D Wellalage (VC), M Jansen

Bowlers: K Rabada, M Theekshana

RSA vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction