South Africa To Take On Sri Lanka In ICC World Cup 2023 Today
Today, South Africa and Sri Lanka will commence their World Cup 2023 campaign in a match at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Both teams will be missing several key pacers, with Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala unavailable for South Africa, while Sri Lanka’s leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and top pacers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Madushanka are not part of the squad.
With Nortje sidelined for today’s game, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Gerald Coetzee will aim to pose a challenge to their opponents. On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s spin duo Maheesh Theekshana and Dunith Wellalage will face pressure.
This match between the two teams holds intrigue, as Sri Lanka seeks to rebound from their 2023 Asia Cup final defeat and lackluster performances in warm-up matches for the main event. Sri Lanka suffered losses in both warm-up games against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, while South Africa also lost their warm-up game to New Zealand.
In previous encounters in this format, the two sides have met 80 times, with South Africa winning 45 matches and Sri Lanka securing 33.
The Delhi stadium is expected to favor spinners, and both teams may opt to bowl first given the current conditions.
**South Africa vs. Sri Lanka Squads**:
– **South Africa**: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
– **Sri Lanka**: Kusal-Mendis, Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana