South Africa and Sri Lanka are poised to clash in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. As the Proteas gear up with a robust batting lineup, Sri Lanka enters the fray bolstered by their unbeaten run in the World Cup Qualifiers. While South Africa seeks dominance, Sri Lanka aims to capitalize on their recent momentum.
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Written by Anand Swami
The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is set to host the gripping clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka. As the World Cup action unfolds, the stadium, known for its electric atmosphere, awaits cricket enthusiasts. While the Sri Lankan team's strong performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier matches gives them momentum, their stumble against India in the Continental Cup serves as a crucial learning curve.
Form Guide - South Africa
The Proteas, known for their cricketing prowess, have a few chinks in their armour this time. The injuries to pivotal players like Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala have taken a toll on their pace attack. And while their batsmen are in good stead, memories of their collapse to 99 in Delhi in 2022 might still linger.
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Form Guide - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, boasting a strong qualifier performance, enters this World Cup with high hopes. Their journey in the Continental Cup, however, witnessed a mix of triumphs and setbacks, notably their crushing defeat to India. While warm-up matches showed potential weaknesses, particularly in their lower-middle order, their previous performances offer a blueprint for bouncing back.
Players to Watch
Aiden Markram, for South Africa, has been in sublime form, making him a key player to watch. His expertise on spin-friendly tracks, especially in Delhi's conditions, becomes even more essential. For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera remains the focal point. His recent comeback post-injury makes him a critical asset. Additionally, the form of Kusal Mendis, particularly after his blistering 158, will be under the microscope, and Dasun Shanaka's leadership and recent form might be pivotal in shaping Sri Lanka's fortunes.
South Africa's probable XI, filled with heavy hitters, promises fireworks. The bowling department, however, might see some tweaks, especially with their spin options. For Sri Lanka, the unavailability of star spinner Maheesh Theekshana shifts the spotlight onto other spinners, with hopes of them stepping up in this crucial encounter.
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Pitch and Weather Update
The iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is expected to produce a balanced contest between bat and ball, with spinners likely enjoying the surface. The weather will be a test of endurance, with temperatures soaring up to 37 degrees Celsius amid high humidity. Adjusting to these challenging conditions will be key for both teams.
South Africa (Probable XI)
Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo/Tabraiz Shamsi, Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Gerald Coetzee, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj, Temba Bavuma (capt).
Sri Lanka (Probable XI)
Dasun Shanaka (capt), Kusal Mendis (wk), Dushan Hemantha, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilshan Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka.
Perera and Shanaka are now fit and available for selection after sitting out Sri Lanka's recent warm-up match. However, Theekshana will be absent, paving the way for Dushan Hemantha to likely step in again.
Where to Watch
Cricket enthusiasts can catch this exhilarating World Cup face-off live on the Star Sports Network, starting at 2 PM IST. For those on the move, the Disney+Hotstar app and website provide the live streaming option.
As the World Cup unfolds, this encounter between South Africa and Sri Lanka promises intrigue and competitive spirit. With both teams bringing their unique strengths and challenges to the pitch, fans can expect a thrilling contest, setting the tone for their respective World Cup journeys.
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