In the 4th match of the ODI World Cup, South Africa will meet Sri Lanka at Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi. Both teams will be looking forward to starting their campaign with a win to gain some momentum for the rest of the tournament.
South Africa has always come out as a strong opposition when it comes to the ICC tournaments. They are not an easy team to dominate and this year as well, the Proteas squad will be looking forward to making an impact in the tournament. Cricket betting sites have a wide range of betting markets on their platforms.
Sri Lanka has struggled in recent times in international cricket. Their embarrassing loss in the final game of the Asia Cup 2023 would have impacted the overall confidence of the team but a win in the first fixture of the World Cup might help them to gain confidence for the remaining matches.
Klaasen is in outstanding form as he has scored 268 runs in the last 5 ODIs at an average of 53.6.
The betting tip is...
Heinrich Klaasen to score 50
The Proteas squad always had bad luck in the ICC World Cup tournament even after having a strong squad. However, they will be eyeing to change things and won’t allow any mistakes from the first game. Led by Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s win over Australia in the recent ODI series will be a huge boost to their confidence.
Quinton de Koc and Bavuma should set momentum at the start of the match with Heinrich Klaasen scoring boundaries in the middle order. In 11 ODIs this year, Klaasen has scored 527 runs at an average of 58.55. Kagiso Rabada will be the leading man in the pace attack with Marco Jensen and Lungi Ngidi. Keshav Maharaj will be responsible for the spin attack.
Anrich Nortje is still not fit to be part of the tournament and is expected to be absent from the initial stage.
Predicted Lineup: Temba Bavuma(c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lankan cricket has gone through a roller coaster ride in recent times with ups and downs in some crucial games. A defeat against India was the most hurtful image they will have currently and would like to revive their quality of cricket by scoring a win in the first match of the World Cup.
Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis should set up the tone of scoring runs for the team and expectations will be high from Sadeera Samarickwarama. In the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana's mysterious spin, and Dunith Wellalage will be responsible for fulfilling the void.
Wanindu Hasaranga’s absence will definitely hurt the team in crucial moments.
Predicted Lineup: Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage/Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Pathum Nissanka
Sri Lanka has played well in the Asia Cup but something went wrong in the final game against India. However, they still have some quality players who can turn things around.
South Africa has done good in recent ODIs but they might struggle on Indian pitches. However, the Proteas have much stronger players in the squad and we predict a win for South Africa in the 4th match of the World Cup.