SA vs SL Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019: Eliminated Proteas will play for pride against Sri Lanka at Durham
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - The confident Sri Lanka cricket team will be taking on a hapless South Africa cricket team in the 35 match at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham today. Sri Lanka will be hoping to keep their semifinal hopes alive through a win in Durham, while South Africa will be playing just for pride as they are already knocked out of the ongoing tournament of WC 2019.

Sri Lanka cricket team led by Dimuth Karunaratne will be looking for a win in this crucial game against the Proteas. Their stunning win over England last Friday has opened the door to Sri Lanka's chances of a semi-final spot. However, they also loss to Australia in their next game that makes this match a must-win game for them at Chester-le-Street. Despite the win over England, there were plenty of areas for improvement with the bat especially as the openers were both gone with only three on the board and they will need to give their bowlers better support if they are to win here. Sri Lanka cricket team also know that improving their net run rate is also important to qualify for the semis.
Points Table standings:
On the other hand, South Africa cricket team led by their star player Faf Du Plessis need is a positive result to forgive the poor campaign in this edition of WC. The Proteas look for a fresh start and aim for their second win in the tournament would be the message as the players step onto the field.

Pitch Report:

The pitch should have something for both batsmen and bowlers with some turn on offer in the middle overs. It seems like greenery, spongy with pace and bounce. 

Weather forecast: The weather is cloudy throughout the match as there is no rain is expected for today's game.

Head to head in World Cup: Number of matches: 5

Sri Lanka won: 1

South Africa won: 3

Tied: 1

No Result: 0


  1. South Africa won the last two ICC meetings between the two countries - by 96 runs in Champions Trophy and by 9 wickets in 2015 World Cup.
  2. Sri Lanka have never lost a match at this venue winning both the matches they have played. However, for South Africa, it will be their very first appearance at the ground.
  3. Lungi Ngidi's bowling average of 18.78 against Sri Lanka (18 wickets in 9 innings) is his best against an opponent from top-10 ranked nations; Dhananjaya de Silva's bowling average of 37.50, against South Africa, is his worst against any opponent. 

Playing XI

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir


Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana and Jeffrey Vandersay

South Africa

Faf du Plessis(C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen

Match Details:

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 35

28th June 2019, 3:00 PM IST

Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street