South Africa - Sri Lanka World T20 Preview: Two teams set to play out dead rubber

South Africa face Sri Lanka with both sides already eliminated from the competition following England's win over Sri Lanka earlier today

South Africa - Sri Lanka World T20 Preview: Two teams set to play out dead rubber

South Africa and Sri Lanka both take part in the final match of the Super 10 stage knowing that each will take no further part in the competition following England's ten run win over the Sri Lankan's in Delhi earlier today.

Both sides will be looking to end the competition on a high after enduring difficult campaigns as they both only beat Afghanistan so far from their three matches with both sides losing to the West Indies and England.


South Africa came into the competition with real optimism and fresh hope after having great build up to the competition, but have really struggled and have paid the price. In their opening match, they came up against England and they scored a massive 229 from their 20 overs only for the English to chase it down with two deliveries remaining to secure the world record chase in the shortest format.

In their second match, they came up against Afghanistan and once more they batted first and scored over 200 reaching 209-5 from their 20 overs whilst Afghanistan gave it their best but fell well short in the end as the South African's won by 37 runs.

In their most recent outing the South African's were disappointing with the bat on scoring 122-8 from their overs which at the time looked a really below par score. But it proved to be a more than competitive as the West Indies only got home by three wickets with just two deliveries remaining.

As for Sri Lanka, they didn't hold out too much expectation ahead of the tournament as they had lost a number of brilliant players across the past few years as well as having pace bowler Lasith Malinga who was out injured for the whole tournament. They started with a straight forward win over Afghanistan winning by six wickets after restricting the minnows to 153-7 before getting home by six wickets with 7 balls remaining.

In their second match, they faced the West Indies and they batted first but limped to 122-9. This let the West Indies ease to victory, chasing down the score by seven wickets with ten balls remaining.

Sri Lanka then faced a must win match on Saturday against England and they bowled first and England set them a competitive score of 171-4 from their 40 overs. A captain innings from Angelo Mathews got his side close but, they fell just short in the end losing out by ten runs a result which saw England through to the semi-finals.

Key Players

Quinton de Kock - The wicketkeeper and opener has had a fine tournament so far and has been one of the bright sparks of a disappointing event for the South African's. So far in the tournament he has scored the second most amount of runs of anyone in the Super 10's stage only behind England's Joe Root, trailing by 24 runs while having played an innings less.

De Kock knows how to perform on the big stage and when he gets going he is one of the most exciting players to watch in world cricket right now and is also one of the most improved players at the moment. If De Kock can continue his good form then he can help to get South Africa cricket back to the levels that it should be at ahead of the next cricket World Cup in England in 2019.

His keeping has also come on leaps and bounds in the past few months which adds an extra dimension to his game and makes him the player which he is today.

Angelo Mathews - The Sri Lankan captain is vital to his sides success as he plays a really key role with both bat and ball whilst also leading his team really well in the field which is something that he has really worked on in the past couple of years. He has really taken on the Sri Lankan team well of late after following on from the legends which left the game in the past couple of years.

Mathews was magnificent in the Sri Lankan's last match against England on Saturday as he scored an unbeaten 73 as his side narrowly came out on the losing side by ten runs against England. His bowling has also been decent at this tournament he only went for 25 from his four overs against England as he opened the bowling which showed just how great an all-round players he currently is.

Team News

South Africa

South Africa have been incredibly inconsistent so far in this competition and have found it difficult to find a settled side in all honestly and they don't really know who their best side is at the moment. As they have been eliminated you may see the South African's opt to have a look at a couple of the players who have yet to play in the competition and rest a couple of the bigger names.

Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have also been a strange team in this competition and are a real team who are currently going through a bit of a transition stage at present and so they may also decide to make a few changes in this final match to see some other players in action.

Squad: Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne