Preview: South Africa face Sri Lanka on Saturday

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Updated: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 12:35 [IST]
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Preview: It's Pace Vs Spin on Saturday?

Hambantota, Sep 21: Despite being qualified for the Super Eights, hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa look for a win to finish the group stage with a high as they face each other in the last group C clash at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on Saturday.

Both the teams faced minnows Zimbabwe in their opening games, as Zimbabwe became the first team to crash out of the ICC World T20 this year with two consecutive losses.

Saturday's clash ensures a tough battle as both the teams are strong and would look to finish the group stage with a high.

Sri Lanka bank on home advantage and would like to tackle the South Africans with a spin attack, while Proteas have improved a lot in terms of facing spin, according to AB de Villiers who said that the team has trained very well against spin and are looking forward for the clash against Sri Lanka.

With an experienced bowling attack, depth in batting, Sri Lanka would get an egde over Proteas, while batting wholly depends on the experienced trio, Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

While Angelo Mathews, Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis add strength to the batting line-up as they can get some quick runs lower the order.

Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera with all-rounders Jeevan Mendis and Mathews, Sri Lanka have all the right balance, and can come up with a challenging performance.

Ajantha Mendis, is Lanka's trump card, as he has been a mysterious spinner so far as he finished with figures of 6/8 against Zimbabwe this week.

If Sri Lanka has all the potential to challenge South Africa, AB de Villiers-led side is also eually good as they had a wonderful start to the tournament, as they restricted Zimbabwe to 93/8 as top order Hashim Amla and Richard Levi chased the target with 10 wickets in hand.

With a deadly pace attack, South Africans are very dangerous and pose as serious contenders to win World T20 as they have Dale Steyn, Albie Morkel, Jacques Kallis in the team.

Moreover, South Africa's batting has been very good off-late as Richard Levi and Hashim Amla are performing very well. With Kallis, de Villiers, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel and Robin Peterson in the batting line-up, South Africa also have depth in their batting, compared to Sri Lanka.

With both the equally poised, having qualified for the Super Eights, hosts and South Africans would look forward for a cracker of a contest, as runs are a plenty when world's best batsmen batlle it out on the cricket field.


South Africa: AB de Villiers (Captain, wicketkeeper), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Akila Dananjaya, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Jeewan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne.

Match starts at 3:30 PM

Another match; Australia Vs West Indies; starts at 7:30 PM (IST)


Story first published:  Friday, September 21, 2012, 16:07 [IST]
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