Temba Bavuma: “One change, Quinton is in for Klaasen. The team is feeling much better than we were a couple of days ago. Quinton is in a much better state. As a team, we’re good and ready for the game today.”
Dasun Shanaka: “Only challenge is the wicket is the same as yesterday so it might be a bit lower than we expect. We’ve played two games and we’ve had some exposure here so it might be an advantage.” Sri Lanka are unchanged.
SA vs SL Highlights Today, Saturday 30-10-2021. 25th Match, Group 1, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup South Africa vs Sri Lanka, from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
South Africa have won the toss elected to field.
South Africa team: 1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 Aiden Markam, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Maheesh Theekshana 11 Lahiru Kumara.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Africa: WLWWW
Sri Lanka: LWWWW
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Post Match Presentation.
Shanaka: “It was enough to defend for Lahiru. “He was bowling yorkers and he was superb in the practice games which is why I went with him. Credit to South Africa batsmen, they finished really well. Nissanka has been classic, he showed in this tournament as well. He’s got a bright career and is a real prospect for Sri Lanka ahead. It’s really hard for us after this game, the next two games we hope to keep our pride.”
Bavuma says: “It’s quite hard to put everything that’s happened over the last couple of days. There was a bit of it at the back of the mind but we had a job to do and we had to dig deep. I was a bit tense but I had confidence in David, he hadn’t done anything in a long time for us to credit to him. He’s got one of the most beautiful swings, like a golf swing. Shamsi is a big player for us, a weapon, we’ve seen wrist-spinners are always effective in this format. I took on the responsibility to finish it off and the wicket wasn’t an easy one but someone had to take it till the end. The shot was on and I was a bit irritated with myself that I wasn’t able to execute.”