Sri Lanka vs South Africa T20 World Cup 7th Match Preview:
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Preview: Sri Lanka vs South Africa is the 7th match of ICC Twenty20 world cup 2012. Both teams Sri Lanka and South Africa have already qualified for the Super Eight stages of this T20 Cricket World Cup. In reality, their respective games against a weak Zimbabwe side were little more than a warm-up. Despite being qualified for the Super Eights, hosts 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. As a result, this match has become something of a dead rubber and those can be the hardest of all cricket matches to predict.
Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe on the opening day of this tournament, by the comfortable margin of 82 runs in a game where all of the main batsmen made contributions. Kumar Sangakkara was the top scorer with 44 but Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis also found form to help compile at daunting total of 182. In the bowling department, Ajantha Mendis produced a world record set of figures as he destroyed Zimbabwe with the incredible analysis of 6-8 from four overs. If South Africa are to stand a chance of mounting or chasing a large total then they will have to somehow counter his mystery spin. One approach could be to play Mendis without particularly looking to target him for runs. That could preserve wickets but it is a risky method which can often backfire. However the South Africans decide to plan their strategy, Ajantha Mendis is pivotal to the pattern of this game.
South Africa were slightly more impressive than Sri Lanka in the way that they dismissed Zimbabwe on Thursday. Ten wicket wins are rare in T20 cricket, even against the weaker opposition but AB De Villiers men dominated from the first over to set up that victory. Jacques Kallis took the man of the match award with figures of 4-15 but it was Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel who restricted the Zimbabweans early on. Steyn finished with the incredible figures of 1-9 in his four overs and that would suggest that pace, rather than spin could be the key on these Sri Lankan wickets. In reply, Richard Levi and Hashim Amla chased down the total with ease. Amla is more run machine than man these days and is an obvious key to South African success through the rest of the tournament.
Venue: First-innings scores of 182 and 98 at Hambantota only reveal how poor Zimbabwe have been with ball and bat. We should get a better indication of the surface in this match and one suspects it favour Sri Lanka’s army of spinners.
Squad for ICC World Twenty20 7th Match:
Sri Lanka Team:
DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, LD Chandimal†, TM Dilshan, RMS Eranga, HMRKB Herath, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis, BMAJ Mendis, EMDY Munaweera, MKPAD Perera, NLTC Perera, KC Sangakkara†, HDRL Thirimanne
South Africa Team:
AB de Villiers*†, HM Amla, F Behardien, J Botha, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, JH Kallis, RE Levi, JA Morkel, M Morkel, JL Ontong, WD Parnell, RJ Peterson, DW Steyn, LL Tsotsobe
For more cricinfo: ICC World T20 Sri Lanka 2012