World Cup, 1st Quarterfinal: South Africa vs Sri Lanka- Factbox

first_imgSri Lanka hold the edge with 29 wins out of 59 games against South Africa in ODIsAfter a gruelling 42 games in the league stage, top eight teams are now ready to lock horns in the knockout stage – slated to begin with Sri Lanka’s exciting clash with South Africa in the first quarterfinal of the ICC World Cup on Wednesday.Eight Quarter-finalists On one hand where South Africa will be eager to get rid of the ‘chokers’ tag and come good against their opponents, Sri Lanka will be counting on their World Cup experience and red-hot form to get the better of the Porteas in the quarterfinal.Here’s a look at the facts on the World Cup quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled at the Sydney Cricket Ground:SOUTH AFRICACaptain: AB de VilliersCoach: Russell DomingoSquad: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs. (David Miller and JP Duminy starred in a record 256-run fifth wicket stand to sink Zimbabwe)- Lost to India by 130 runs. (Could not contain India’s top order and imploded while chasing)- Beat West Indies by 257 runs. (De Villiers blasted a 66-ball 162 not out and they shot out West Indies in 34th over)- Beat Ireland by 201 runs. (Centuries by Amla and Du Plessis set the tone for another huge win)advertisement- Lost to Pakistan by 29 runs (D/L method). (Bowled out Pakistan in 47th over but faltered in chase)- Beat UAE by 146 runs. (Solid middle order batting laid foundation for easy win)Best performances:AB de Villiers (417 runs): Enhanced his 360-degree batting reputation with scintillating shot-making. Third in the run-getters’ list with a mind-boggling 144-plus strike rate.Morne Morkel (13 wickets): Outshone pace colleague Dale Steyn, generating disconcerting bounce from lively pitches to trouble opponents.Key to beating Sri Lanka: Proteas will need to negate Kumar Sangakkara’s red-hot form and see through Lasith Malinga’s tricky overs.SRI LANKACaptain: Angelo MathewsCoach: Marvan AtapattuSquad: Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Seekkuge Prasanna.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Lost to New Zealand by 98 runs. (Blown away by breezy knocks from Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson)- Beat Afghanistan by four wickets. (Jayawardene century helps them escape a potential upset)- Beat Bangladesh by 92 runs. (Centuries by Dilshan and Sangakkara set up big win)- Beat England by nine wickets. (Sangakkara and Thirimanne hit tons to chase down a 300-plus target with ease)- Lost to Australia by 64 runs. (Glenn Maxwell’s 53-ball 102 trumps Sangakkara ton)- Beat Scotland by 148 runs. (Sangakkara and Dilshan hit tons in facile win)Best performance:Kumar Sangakkara (496 runs): Became the first batsman to hit four successive World Cup centuries and looks unstoppable.Lasith Malinga (11 wickets): Getting better with every match while sending down toe-crushing yorkers and slow bouncers with characteristic regularity.Key to beating South Africa: Sri Lanka need to contain dangerous AB de Villiers and bat around veteran Kumar Sangakkara.South Africa vs Sri Lanka(head-to-head)The two teams have faced each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Total Played(ODIs): 59South Africa: 28Sri Lanka: 29Tied: 1No Result: 1Last ODI: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 82 runs at Hambantota on July 12, 2014.last_img

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