South Africa and Sri Lanka will face each other in their opening game of the World Cup. Both the teams made it to the tournament after seventh and eighth-place finishes in the ICC points tally. They will now be looking to make some impact early in the competition to set themselves up for the playoff stage. South Africa have a poor record at ICC tournaments which includes them not having competed in a World Cup final ever. Being the fourth-best ODI team in the world at the moment, South Africa will be looking to change that this year. The team has managed to undergo a solid rebuild that helped them secure multiple series victories in 2023. They managed to overcome Australia, the Netherlands and the West Indies this year. Despite having such a good run South Africa lost their World Cup warm-up game against New Zealand. They will be looking to recover against Sri Lanka in their upcoming game.
The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will host the World Cup game between the two on October 7. After having a poor run in the 2023 Asia Cup, Sri Lanka will be looking to make a comeback in India. They are currently on a terrible run, losing back-to-back warm-up matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan ahead of the World Cup.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka head-to-head:
South Africa have taken on Sri Lanka 80 times in ODI cricket history. Among those matches, South Africa took home the victory 45 times while Sri Lanka picked up a win on 33 occasions. Two of the matches turned out to be inconclusive as no result could be reached.
Check out South Africa vs Sri Lanka Probable XIs:
SA Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Cotzee, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi
SL Probable XI: Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Full Squad
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha