This match between Sri Lanka and South Africa will decide which team in Group C. The teams have knocked out Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka currently lead the group based on Net Run Rate but South Africa will be a strong force and will hope to beat the home side in front of a packed crowd. Dale Steyn was unlucky against Zimbabwe not to pick up more than 1 wicket as he was bowling a very good line and he will be rewarded against Sri Lanka for an identical performance. Kumar Sangakkara excelled in the middle order for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe and he would like to prove he can hit like that against the stronger teams.
Match Information :
September 22, Hambantota
Starting Time: 1530 Local Time (1000 GMT Time)
Dale Steyn vs Kumar Sangakkara
Dale Steyn was the unlucky bowler against Zimbabwe not to pick up multiple wickets like his fellow South Africans. Kumar Sangakkara really surprised everyone with a 26 ball 44 cameo against Zimbabwe which is not like Sangakkara to score so quickly. Sangakkara hasn’t had a lot of success against South Africa in T20’s with his highest score being only 30 from 5 matches. Steyn is yet to play Sri Lanka in a T20 but his T20 form is quite incredible and he will prove to be very hard to deal with if the conditions continue to assist the bowlers.
The only logical change that possibly could be made to the Sri Lankan XI is bringing in Akila Dhananajaya at the expense of Kulesakera or Thissara Perera so that Sri Lanka can field two spinners.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dilshan Munaweera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis
South Africa shouldn’t make any changes to the XI that smashed Zimbabwe.
South Africa (probable): 1 Richard Levi, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Albie Morkel 8 Johan Botha 9 Robin Peterson 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Dale Steyn