Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live: Sri Lanka elected to field first
Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to field against South Africa in the last Group C match here at Mahinda Rajapaksha Stadium in Hambantota on Saturday.
The match is reduced to 7-over game due to heavy downpour.
Ajantah Mendis, who took 6/8 against Zimbabwe, is not playing due to side strain.
In a marquee match of ICC T20 World Cup 2012, Sri Lanka will face giant South Africa at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on Saturday.
Though. both the teams are already qualified for the Super Eight stage after Zimbabwe lost both the group matches.
It will be first the first big match in the World T20 as both the teams are favourites for the coveted title.
In their opening games, South Africa and host Sri Lanka were registered comprehensive victories over Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka mauled Zimbabwe by 82 runs, South Africa hammered Brendan Taylor's men by 10 wickets.
Meanwhile, the cracking contest at the Mahinda Rajapakshe stadium will determine the group winner and road map of the series too.
However, the advantage will be with Sri lanka as they are playing before the home crowd and familiar home conditions.
Apart from these, Proteas are believed to be under-achievers in multi-team major tournaments. In the match against Zimbabwe, South African pacers were merciless against the minnows but there was nothing to do much for batsmen as openers took proteas home quite comprehensively.
It will be litmus test for South African batsmen when they face world class bowling attack, especially Ajantha Mendis, who took six wickets in the opening game.
On the other hand, Sri Lankan players are looking in good shape but they will have to overcome killer bowling attack of South Africa. The onus will be on experienced campaigners Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawrdene and Tilakratne Dilshan to deliver with the bat.