Seing the scenario and rankings, Sri Lanka are the weaker of the two. There are four South African batsman in top ten batsman ranking while the highest Sri Lankan batsman ranking is 26th of that of Angelo Matthews who is uncertain of playing this clash. South Africa and Sri Lanka will play the opening game of group B of champions trophy. Sri Lanka have lost last seven matches to south Africa and a series loss by 5-0 was the recent one. Sri Lankan team is on the way to regeneration and the defeat against Scotland in a warm up game is the evidence of it. South Africa on the other hand have always failed at big event and they would love to overcome the fear of winning the mega event.
What: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, champions trophy, 3rd match, 9.30 GMT
Where: The oval, London
What to expect: a sunny day is expected after the night full of rains, and pitch will be batting friendly but runs would be not much as expected in opening match.
South Africa: WLLWL
Sri Lanka: WLLLL
South Africa: Morne Morkel selection was hinted by AB de Villiers but his selection would be little difficult due to transformation policy. David Miller is now fit and is likely to selected in playing XI.
Probable XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Morne Morkel, 9 Andile Phehlukwayo, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka: Matthews availability is uncertain and if Matthews is unfit, Kusal Perera might get a chance to bat a little down the order. And opening pair would be formed by Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella. Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara could both get a game with Sri Lanka playing with one batsman less.
Probable XI: 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Chamara Kapugedara, 7 Kusal Perera, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 LasithMalinga
Players in the Spotlight:
Imran Tahir: he missed out playing 2 matches against England due to injury but is now fit to play against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka would be unhappy with this news as he has claimed 20 wickets against them and could dominate the game in the middle overs.
Upul Tharanga: the acting Captain of Sri Lankan team have been in great Nick with added responsibility to his name. Sri Lankan batting would mostly revolve around his performance and is mainly dependent on him.
Match Prediction: South Africa are the firm favorites to win this battle but their chokers image is the major area of concern.