With the 12th edition of ICC Cricket World approaching its final phase, all the 10 teams will sweat hard to seal their position in the top 4. With Australia being already qualified, only 3 positions remain in the semifinals with 6 teams set to battle it out for them. West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan are the 3 nations who have already been knocked out of the competition.
Perennial underachievers South Africa will try hard to drag other teams out of the tournament by defeating them in the league match stage. South Africa may go on the field with the same strategy when they battle against Sri Lanka today. Sri Lanka is standing at the 7th position on the table with 2 wins in 6 games under their belt.
South Africa has a huge chance of getting some confidence from their last few matches as it may benefit them for the latter part of the year. They will come out with a positive approach against the Sri Lankan bowling line-up to win the match. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock are the two star batsmen who would hope to get some quality runs at the top and given that Sri Lanka has a slightly weak bowling attack, they can take the maximum advantage.
The pitch at Chester-le-Street will be fresh so both the teams would look to bowl first after winning the toss. In case South Africa bats first, they need to score a total over 250 to give their bowlers a chance. While if Sri Lanka bats first, anything between 200-250 will be a defendable score for the resurgent Lankan Lions.
The Rainbow Nation also has a fantastic bowling attack which would definitely create the trouble for the Lankan batting line-up. With Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi being the two prime bowlers, it would be difficult for the opposition to score runs against them.
The South African squad is one step ahead of their opponents on paper. So, it would not be a surprise if South Africa wins this game.
So, the prediction is that South Africa will defeat Sri Lanka in the battle of equals.
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