Sri Lanka vs South Africa: A Battle Worth Watching
Sri Lanka had displayed spectacular skills in the previous game against England and gained a glorious victory by 20 runs. The team was determined, rigid, and executed their game plan in a wondrous way. With their recent victory against England, it had been speculated that Sri Lanka is back on track and might win a place in the Semi-Finals.
The team had earned 6 points with a victory in two matches and two points due to abandoned matches. Due to its crushing defeat against New Zealand in its first match, Sri Lanka was thought to be weaker and there were no expectations in further matches though it had won in the second match against Afghanistan. Its third and fourth matches were abandoned due to rain and the fifth match was won by Australia by a huge difference.
The sixth match was against England in which Sri Lanka had scored a total of 232 and restricted England to a meager score of 212. This had brought hopes of entering the Semi-Finals back to the nation. The team still has three matches to play (including the present one) and if they win in all three of them it reaches 12 points wherein it will have to compete with nations (if there will be any) who will have earned the same number of points. If the team wins today against South Africa, it will have to face West Indies and India.
South Africa, on the other hand, had been eliminated from the tournament as it had won only 1 match in the 6 played and one was abandoned due to rain. The team currently possesses 3 points (two from victory against Afghanistan and one from an abandoned match) and is at the 9th position on the points table followed only by Afghanistan. South Africa had performed meekly in the tournament and had lost all of its preliminary matches against teams like England, Bangladesh, and India. They were thought to gain a break from the serial losses with their win against Afghanistan but were again defeated by New Zealand and Pakistan consecutively.
The team still has three matches to play (including today’s) and it would be exciting for the audience to see if they win in these games. South Africa has fantastic players playing on its side, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, etc. Though the team had lost its chance of entering the semifinals, it will fight hard to win at least some of the games before the tournament ends which makes today’s match against Sri Lanka an exciting one to watch.