This is a preview of the T20 World Cup 2021 game between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The match takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It will start at 3:30 p.m. IST. After a tough start to the World Cup campaign, both teams will be keen on getting a win from this game.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Match Preview
South Africa recovered from the loss to Australia by managing a comfortable eight wicket victory over West Indies, although there were some scary moments for the team in this game. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka were able to overcome the tough fight given by Bangladesh in the first Super 12 match, but a heavy defeat against Australia has left them level on points with South Africa after the first two rounds.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Predicted Playing XIs
After struggling on the slow surface against Australia, South Africa’s batting improved substantially in the better surface at Dubai. Once again, the onus will be on Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock to deliver the results in the betting segment. The Proteas definitely have one of the stronger batting lineups, but there are chinks in the armour. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will be key for the team in the bowling department.
Sri Lanka had to work extra hard in order to get the victory over Bangladesh, but this was quickly taken out of the window by the disappointing loss to Australia. Sri Lanka were left disappointed with just putting up a 150+ score on the Dubai pitch. The bowlers also did not help the case. The opening partnership may once again hold the key for Sri Lanka, but the form of Bhanuka Rajapaksa will also provide the team with a lot of confidence.
Let us take a look at the odds for the match:
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Head to head
- Matches Played: 16
- South Africa Won: 10
- Sri Lanka Won: 5
- Tie/NR: 1
The South Africa vs Sri Lanka head to head shows a fixture that has been heavily dominated by wins for the Proteas, who will be looking to build on this strong record with a victory that will put them closer to the top two finish.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction & Betting Tips
This South Africa vs Sri Lanka prediction would back a victory for South Africa given the manner of their performances over the last two matches. Even though Sri Lanka to have a strong batting line-up, the pitch at Dubai will tend to favour South Africa in terms of batting and bowling.
Aiden Markram comes on the back of two impressive performances in the Super 12. He has been able to accumulate 91 runs in these two matches. While the pitch at Dubai is not perfect for huge scores, it will help post a decent tally and Markram’s current form makes him a strong contender to be South Africa’s top batsman.
Charith Asalanka has been in excellent form and his performances will be key if Sri Lanka are to come close to winning this match. Asalanka has come up with back-to-back games in which he has hit 35+ runs. The South Africa vs Sri Lanka match prediction expects the surface to be conducive for a decent score.
These are the odds given by bookmakers at the time of writing this article. The odds are subject to change and it is recommended to check with the bookmaker for the latest prices.