One could not have asked for a more grueling battle than what we saw yesterday wherein India defeated archrivals Pakistan in dominating style.
Now, in the 14th Match of the World T20, Sri Lanka is all set to face mighty South Africans at Chittagong. The World T20 Group 1 match is scheduled to begin at 15:30 local time (09:30 GMT) on March 22, 2014.
At Chittagong, a fast, grassy pitch would welcome both the sides, which further denies spinners with their chances of displaying their skills.
With dew factor not coming to the fore this time, it would hardly make any difference to win or lose the toss. Furthermore, as the match is scheduled to be played in afternoon, both teams need not to worry about dew playing a spoilsport.
As per team report, South African captain Faf du Plessis is not sure about his fitness. In his absence, AB de Villiers will lead the Protean side.
Sri Lanka 165/7 (20/20 ov)
South Africa 160/8 (20/20 ov). Sri Lanka won by 5 runs.
Dale Steyn is also facing similar concern since both of them have reached Bangladesh with their hamstring injuries. It further means that Wayne Parnell would spearhead the pace attack while Imran Tahir and JP Duminy would lead the spin department. Farhaan Behardien will open the South African innings.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will most probably continue with the same composition, which has won them several matches in recent months.
Hence, you would see the familiar XI, which would include four pacers, two spinners and Tilakratane Dilshan batting up the order with Kusal Perera. In all likeliness, Sri Lankan captain would need to choose either Rangana Herath or Ajantha Mendis to strengthen the pace attack.
As all T20 cricket fans would know, Sri Lanka has always been a tough rival for South Africa. While South Africa has never won a knockout match at the big stage in the past 16 years, Sri Lanka have been quite frequent in registering their presence in semis and finals of World Cup tournaments.
SuperSport will be live telecasting the match live in the African continent while CSN will beam the match live for viewers in Sri Lanka.
Viewers in India and other Asian countries can watch the match live on Star Sports with Hindi and English commentary.
Star Sports will also be live streaming the match online at its Star Sports website here .