Second in importance only to World Cup, ICC Champion Trophy is all set to enthrall cricket fans all over the world once again. For the 2017 Champions Trophy, eight teams have been selected and divided into two groups of four. Cricket lovers watching ICC Champions Trophy Live are expecting some nerve-wracking and nail-biting matches. One such match is expected to be between the teams of Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled on Saturday, 03 June, at Oval Cricket Ground.
South Africa is currently topping ICC ODI team rankings. Sri Lanka is at the sixth position. While a lot of fans of both teams are gearing up to watch SL vs SA live, we present before you some interesting statistics about both these teams.
Interestingly, the record of both the teams against each other is equal. Out of the 60 matches, both teams have played, each side has won 29 times. One match ended in a tie and one without any conclusion. Sri Lankan team’s worst ever score of total 43 in ODI was against South Africa in 2012.
Previously, they have faced each other thrice in Champion trophy respectively in 1998, 2006 and 2009. Two matches were won by Sri Lanka and South Africa came triumphantly in one. Both teams have won the trophy once. South Africa was the winning team in the inaugural tournament. Sri Lanka managed to get the title in 2002.
Now, let’s have a look at the ICC squads of both sides. Seven players in the South African team are returning from 2013 championship. They include team captain AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhan Behardien, HashimAmla, David Miller, MorneMorkel and Faf du Plessis.
Sri Lanka has retained six players from the previous edition including; captain Angelo Mathews, ThisaraPerera, NuwanKulasekera, Dinesh Chandimal, KusalPerera and LasithMalinga.
Both teams will be depending heavily on their captains. AB de Villiers has the reputation of both a composed and destructive batsman. He brings versatility to the cricket ground. If he gets going, it is very hard for any bowling attack to stop him.
On the other hand, Sri Lankan team is mostly composed of new blood in the absence of seasoned players. So, a lot of responsibility is on the shoulders of young bowlers. Along with them, attention will also be focused on Angelo Mathews. As an all-rounder, he will have to give his best in all the departments of the game.
ICC Champions trophy match between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be a game changer. Will Sri Lankan new squad of bowlers will manage to uproot South African stellar batsmen? Catch all action of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live on Yupp TV.
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