With the ICC World Cup 2019 just a week away, all the teams are hustling and preparing well for the mega event in England. The second warm-up match will be played on Friday when Sri Lanka will collide with South Africa at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. After being hammered by the same opponent earlier this year, Sri Lanka will be hoping to land a counter punch while the Proteas must be desperate to perform well in the World Cup and efface their ‘Chokers’ tag.
Sri Lanka under Dimuth Karunaratne looks to be one of the most inexperienced and incapacitated team this year. The Lankan Lions have been struggling to find their feet across all the three formats in recent years. Karunaratne, who last played his last ODI in World Cup 2015, made a comeback for the Scotland series and scored a half-century in the previous game to gain some confidence for the upcoming event. Along with him, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews will provide stability in the middle order while Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep will lead the bowling attack in the seaming friendly English conditions.
On the contrary, South Africa has been in exceptional form in the white-ball cricket on the back of some consistent performers. The Proteas are currently at the third spot in the ICC ODI rankings, trailing behind England and Indian respectively. Faf du Plessis would be eyeing to break the World Cup jinx and clinch their maiden title. The African nation has a well-balanced squad with the right combination of youth and experience. With match winners like Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabad, Dale Steyn in their ranks, South Africa can be a threat to any other side. Their talent and prowess are, but it’s their consistency and performance under pressure which will be tested in this long tournament.
Date: Friday, 24 May 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
League: ICC World Cup 2019
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Avg 1st Innings score: 227
Avg 2nd Innings score: 216
Highest Total: 342/8 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUS
Lowest Total: 138/10 (37.5 Ov) by SL vs NZ
Highest Chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs Eng
Lowest Defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by Eng vs NZ
- The Sri Lankans must be ecstatic with the comeback of Lasith Malinga after a successful IPL campaign.
- Seasoned campaigners like Upul Thranga and Dinesh Chandimal have been left out from the squad to give an opportunity to the youngsters.
- Chris Morris replaced the injured Anrich Nortje in South Africa’s squad.
- Kagiso Rabada alongside Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi will form a menacing pace attack in the World Cup.
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.
Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir
- Kusal Perera
- Kusal Mendis
- Lasith Malinga
- Quinton de Kock
- Faf du Plessis
- Kagiso Rabada