Live Score - Sri Lanka vs South Africa 7th T20 ICC World Cup 2012
It is finally that time in Group C, when the big guns start taking each other on. Both Sri Lanka and South Africa are already through to the next stage, owing to their thumping wins over Zimbabwe. Despite that, Mahela Jayawardene and AB de Villiers will be looking for a win in order to send out a strong message to the other teams in the tournament.
Group C : 7th T20 - Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
Date - September 22
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The advantage that Sri Lanka have in this encounter is the fact that their batsmen and bowlers have gone through a full workout in their match against Zimbabwe, unlike their opponents who batted for just 12.4 overs. With South Africa's middle order yet to bat on Sri Lankan soil in this tournament, the batting does run the risk of faltering.
Sri Lanka: For the hosts, the batting seems to be coming together quite well. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara looked particularly impressive in the encounter against Zimbabwe. The big positive for them came in the form of all rounder Jeevan Mendis who scored 43 off 30 balls. With Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews yet to come good, things look rather hunky dory as far as the batting line up is concerned.
The bowling too was pretty impressive last time, with Ajantha Mendis bagging record figures of 6/8 in his quota of four. Incidentally the other Mendis, Jeevan, managed to pick up three. These obviously prove to be ominous signs for South Africa, especially considering their perpetual weakness to spin. In all likelihood the team might remain the same, however, if Mahela is in the mood to experiment then it might be worth replacing Thissara Perera with off spinner Akila Dananjaya, just to pile on the spin against the Proteas.
South Africa: They are currently the best side in this format of the game, and looked quite professional in their game against the minnows. The openers looked in good touch and spent some time in the middle. Things will not be so easy for them when they go up against the Lankans, however, with the class they have in the side, they should be able to step up to the challenge. The only disadvantage for them though, is the fact that the middle order hasn't had any time in the middle, apart from the practice games.
South Africa's bowling unit is possibly the strongest amongst the teams in this tournament. With Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel leading the attack, this line up could give any side a run for their money. To top it all, the Proteas have Jacques Kallis in the line up, a cricketer who provides so much with the bat and ball. Kallis looked at his best with the ball in the match against the minnows as he took 4/15 in his quota of four overs. South Africa will probably look to go in with the same squad as the one that played against Zimbabwe.