Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in the first quarter final of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa is first quarter final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. This will be match no 43 in this world cup. Sri Lanka is on 3rd rank in Pool A. And South Africa is on 2nd rank in Pool B. So this is going to be a very tough match of this world cup. Sri Lanka is having good batsman and bowlers as well.
Sangakkara is the first man to achieve that feat in ODIs, but so far not even the pleading of his captain Angelo Mathews has persuaded the 37-year-old to rethink his future.
1st Quarter-Final: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Sydney
Mar 18, 2015 (14:30 local | 03:30 GMT
Squad: Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers (capt & wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Coach: Russell Domingo
Squad: Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews (capt), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne.
Coach: Marvan Atapattu
Next up for the Sri Lankans is Wednesday’s quarter-final against South Africa, and ahead of the first knockout tie Sanath Jayasuriya added his voice to those calling on Sangakkara to stay on.
South Africa is also having very good batsman like AB De Villiars, H Amla, Du Plesis, JP Duminy, D Miller, R Roussou. All of them are in good form. They played really well in pool matches. Also they have great bowlers like D Steyn, M Morkel, I Tahir, W Parnell who are performing good in this world cup.
One always has to take care when placing too much faith in historical statistics. But South Africa’s record in knockout cricket matches is so abysmal, so often mentioned by the media and, crucially, the current players that it just cannot be ignored.