South Africa vs Sri Lanka T20 World Cup

South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Two teams who have suffered an early loss in their Super 12 campaign meet on Saturday in South Africa vs Sri Lanka. It's a short turnaround for the Sri Lankans following their defeat against Australia on Wednesday.

South Africa have been making a lot of noise off the field with the Quinton de Kock knee row. It remains to be seen as to whether de Kock will take the field with the rest of his team for this vital encounter.

A win for either side will keep them firmly in the hunt for qualification to the semi-finals, but a defeat will leave both facing an uphill task to qualify.

Following a convincing win against the West Indies, the South Africans are favourites for the match, and they can be backed at 1.50; the Sri Lankans are priced at 2.63 to record their second win.

 

South Africa vs Sri Lanka T20 World Cup

Team News for South Africa

It's been a trying few days for South Africa, who have been embroiled in off-field issues due to Quinton de Kock's reluctance to take the knee; his stance saw him removed from the team ahead of the West Indies clash. Despite apologies being issued, it remains to be seen whether one of South Africa's best players will play in this match.

His absence wasn't missed against the West Indies, as South Africa ran out as comfortable winners. Bowling well, they restricted the West Indies to a total of 143, with Dwaine Pretorius and Keshav Maharaj taking five wickets between them. With the bat, the chase was controlled by Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen, who scored 51 and 43, respectively. This is the second match in succession that Markram has top-scored for his team, and he is 4.50 to repeat the feat again.

Likely playing 11 of South Africa

Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje

 

Team News for Sri Lanka

After cruising through the tournament's round 1, Sri Lanka hit their first hurdle of the tournament as they were defeated fairly convincingly by Australia. Put into bat; the Sri Lankans got off to a hot start before losing three quick wickets in the middle overs. The loss of these wickets stalled all momentum, and they could only post a total of 154.

154 in Dubai is a decent score, but the Sri Lankan bowlers were unable to make the vital breakthroughs, and the Aussies led by David Warner's 65 off just 42 balls reached the total with two overs to go.

Sri Lanka's batting has been good over their first two matches, as they have posted big totals in both innings. Charith Asalanka has been one of Sri Lanka's top performers with the bat, top-scoring against Australia and being the joint top scorer in the contest against Bangladesh. He is 4.33 to repeat the performance here.

Likely playing 11 of Sri Lanka

K. Perera, B. Rajapaksa, A. Fernando, P. Nissanka, W. Hasaranga, D. Shanaka, D.de Silva, M. Theekshana, L. Kumara, C. Karunartne, D. Chameera

 

Pitch and Weather Conditions

This match will be held in Sharjah. Sri Lanka have played twice at Sharjah and have won both times, whereas this will be the first match at the venue for South Africa.

When it comes to hosting international T20 cricket, Sharjah is a young ground and has only played host to 19 matches. Sharjah can be slow, as indicated by the first innings average score of 141. For those batting second, the average drops all the way to 125.

Teams that bat first tend to have more success, with 11 wins for these sides compared to 8 for the chasers.

On a deck that should aid the spin bowlers of both sides, we could be in for an absolute cracker.

 

Betting Predictions for South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for South Africa vs Sri Lanka:

Match Result Prediction

In a match that is pivotal for both sides, it's South Africa that are the favourites for this match at 1.50. Sri Lanka have crushed equal or lesser opposition so far in this tournament, but in their first match against one of cricket's leading lights, they came up short.

A concern for Sri Lanka since the Super 12 phase has started has been a real lack of wickets, as they have only taken seven in their last two matches. In order to have any chance of winning here, they need to take more wickets.

A glimmer of hope for the Sri Lankans has to be returning to a Sharjah pitch where they have had two great wins so far. The pitch should be set up to their strengths, and if they can bowl well, this could be a tight game.

South Africa produced a really controlled performance against the West Indies, and with confidence instilled, they have to be the favourites here.

Match Winner: South Africa (1.50)

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Toss Prediction

Both teams to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. There have been ten Super 12 games played, and the team chasing has won nine of these contests. Look for the team who wins the toss to bowl first and leave themselves a manageable chase.

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Top Batsman for South Africa

We have already flagged the impact of Aiden Markram, but another batter who played well in their last match was Rassie van der Dussen. Van der Dussen plays the anchoring role and scored a solid 43 last time out. Look for van der Dussen to bat for time and let others play around him. Odds of 5.00 to be his team's top scorer could be a worthwhile bet.

Top Batter for South Africa: Rassie van der Dussen (5.00)

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