SRI LANKA will look to build on their win over England when they face South Africa at the Riverside. For Faf du Plessis’ side, there’s only pride at stake after they crashed out of the competition following defeat to Pakistan.
What is it?
The 34th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup sees Sri Lanka face South Africa.
When is it?
The match is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 28, starting at 10.30am (BST).
Where is it?
The Riverside becomes the final venue to host matches with its first game of the tournament here. It will also play host to Sri Lanka v West Indies and England v New Zealand.
Sri Lanka are only expected to make one change, with Jeevan Mendis, who had a forgettable outing against England, likely to be replaced by Milinda Siriwardene, who represents a like-for-like replacement.
Specialist leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay could also be considered and would be a bolder move from Sri Lanka who may fancy their chances against a crestfallen South Africa.
The 2015 semi-finalists are continuing to assess batsman David Miller after he suffered a groin strain against Pakistan at Lord’s.
JP Duminy is the reserve batsman in the squad and has not played since the Proteas’ defeat to India in their third game of the World Cup, and he could replace Miller or Hashim Amla, who has had a tournament to forget.
Proteas assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa has dismissed any suggestions of squad rotation, but given the success of left armers Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff and Mohammad Amir in recent days may tempt Faf du Plessis into playing Beuran Hendricks, who has only so far featured in the win over Afghanistan.
What are the odds?
South Africa have lost five of their seven games, while Sri Lanka have won two and lost two from their six games. Nevertheless, Sporting Index are backing du Plessis’ men to win this one by quoting them as 17-27 favourites in the supremacy market with a point awarded for each run won by or 10 points per wicket won by.
Quinton de Kock has made two half centuries in this World Cup and came close to another one against Pakistan, and Sporting Index are backing the wicketkeeper to have a significant impact here with his player performance being quoted as 65-70 with one point awarded per run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket (in the unlikely event that he is brought on to bowl!).
Both South Africa and Sri Lanka have struggled with their opening partnerships in recent matches, with stands of four and three recorded against Pakistan and England respectively.
Therefore the fall of the first wicket market may be one to keep an eye on, with Sri Lanka priced at 31-36 and South Africa quoted at 43-48.
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What’s the weather forecast?
Friday starts mainly cloudy, but it should then brighten up to give some afternoon sunshine, especially away from coastal areas.
Maximum temperature 22 °C (source: Met Office).
How can I watch, listen to and stream the game?
The game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 10am BST on Friday. Sky also offer a streaming service – Sky Go – for subscribers. Sky Sports day passes are available via Now TV.
The game will be covered by BBC Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (digital radio, digital satellite channel 0144, Freeview channel 706, cable TV channels 864 or 908) and BBC Radio 4 (194 long wave, digital satellite channel 0143).
The Cricketer’s social media channels will have updates throughout the day, with reaction to follow via our website after play has concluded.
How can I live stream Sri Lanka vs South Africa?
FOLLOWING that victory over England, Sri Lanka will be hopeful of making it two on the spin. This match will be held on Friday, June 28. The toss is at 10am BST, with play due to start at 10.30am.