ICC Cricket World Cup - Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v South Africa warm-up match
South Africa and Sri Lanka will meet in the second official World Cup warm-up match at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The venue plays similarly all through the hundred overs. However, the team bowling first has won four of the last six ODIs played here. Hence, the team winning the toss is expected to chase.
Sri Lanka and South Africa have faced each other in 76 ODIs and the latter has a slightly better record. While Sri Lanka have won 31 matches, the Proteas have 43 wins under their belt.
South Africa have been in exceptional form in recent times and have won 16 of their last 18 ODIs. Not only this, they have won all of their last five matches, while Sri Lanka have been able to win only one and have lost the remaining of their last five matches.
South Africa registered a 5-0 clean sweep when they last faced Sri Lanka, earlier this year. Both Quinton de Kock and skipper Faf Du Plessis showed their class in that series and returned with run tallies of 353 and 272 runs respectively.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would gain some confidence from the 35-run win against Scotland in the rain-plagued match. However, they have performed dismally in recent times and suffered a 0-3 whitewash against New Zealand in their last series.
One interesting thing to notice in this match would be that whether South Africa entrust their faith in old warhorse Hashim Amla and give him a game or not.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana
South Africa - Faf du Plessis (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – South Africa
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Most boundaries – Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 240+, South Africa 320+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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