T20 World Cup 2012 live cricket score: Sri Lanka vs South Africa
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.
It is expected that, Dilshan Manuweera may pave the way for Dinesh Chandimal in the playing XI, that means Mahela Jayawardene will open with Dilshan. However, South Africans are expected to play with the same team they played against Zimbabwe.
Thunder storms are expected in the evening.
The track of Hambantota will help both batsmen and bowlers. However, it will get low and slow in the second innings.
South Africa: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Akila Dananjaya, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne.