World Cup 2023 Match 4: South Africa vs. Sri Lanka A Head-to-Head Record and Form Guide

A quick look at South Africa and Sri Lanka’s head-to-head record and form ahead of their ODI World Cup match.

South Africa, captained by Temba Bavuma, will take on Sri Lanka in the opening match of the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup, hoping for a successful outcome for both sides. The game is scheduled to take place at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, and based solely on paper, South Africa looks more menacing. Though Sri Lanka has few quality spinners and the World Cup is being played in the subcontinent, the runners-up of the Asian Cup 2023 can challenge the Proteas.

When comparing the two teams, South Africa’s batting seems to be almost flawless in one area: batting. As seen in the IPL, players like Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller have a history of intimidating bowlers on Indian pitches; this may continue on Saturday.

Nonetheless, the Proteas may suffer from the injuries that claimed the lives of Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala. The responsibility will fall to the seasoned Kagiso Rabado, who was spotted splitting the new ball chores with the youthful Marco Jansen, while they are away. Given that Delhi’s track is often on the slower side, players like Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj, assuming they make the playing XI, will also be crucial.

On the other side, Sri Lanka has its own issues, the most significant of which is Maheesh Theekshana’s injury, which kept him out of the game. After that, attention will turn to Dunith Wellalage, who just outwitted the highly talented Indian batting lineup in the Asia Cup.

Given that Kusal Perera is the only hitter in the top six to score at a strike rate of 90, batting looks to be Sri Lanka’s biggest problem. Some consolation comes from players like Dasun Shanaka and Kusal Mendis, although the latter is struggling at the plate.

Let’s take a look at some key stats before the game:
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD OVERALL:

Matches: 80

South Africa win: 45

Sri Lanka win: 43

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD WORLD CUP:

Matches: 6

South Africa win: 4

Sri Lanka win: 2

LAST 5 MEETINGS:

The three-match series that took place in the island nation in September of 2021 was the last time the two countries faced off in the 50-over format. At that point, Sri Lanka had won two and South Africa had won one.

Nonetheless, South Africa prevailed in the two pre-ODI series matches, despite none being played on the subcontinent.

FORM GUIDE:

South Africa: WWWLL

Sri Lanka: LWLWW

Did you know?

South Africa has lost only one of six ODI World Cup matches against Sri Lanka, none of which were in Asia.

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