Date & Time: Friday, June 28, 15:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England
Can Sri Lanka continue to inspire?
The World Cup has gone through the most predictable route until Sri Lanka came up with their biggest win of the tournament. It has not only given hope to Sri Lankans who were in dire need of an inspiration, but the victory has also made the World Cup quite open. Now, Sri Lanka has a realistic chance of making it into the semi-finals if they win all the remaining matches. On the flip side, there is nothing left for South Africa except to play for pride.
Sri Lanka is likely to stick with the winning combination. South Africa might consider bringing in Duminy in place of Markram or Miller.
Chester-le-street is up to host its first game of the World Cup. The surface here has not been as high scoring as most venues in England. The weather is quite clear for the day with no forecast of rain.
Faf du Plessis
The South African Captain hasn’t been at his best, which is also one of the reasons why South Africa find themselves out of the World Cup. Now with South Africa playing for just pride, they need their captain to step up to the occasion and finish the tournament on a high.
The experienced campaigner has shown the way with the bat for the Islanders on a tough pitch in the last game. The knock was a long due from Mathews and it might be just the start of something big to come. His good record against the Proteas bowlers might come to his aid in that regard. Hopefully, he can counter Lungi Ngidi who has dismissed him twice in 32 balls.
Rassie van der Dussen
He has been the only consistent run-scorer for South Africa in the tournament irrespective of the way the team has performed. Against Sri Lanka, he once again holds the key with his uncanny ability to play spin well.