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South Africa vs Sri Lanka Predictions: Cricket World Cup betting tips, news, lineup

By Andrew Francis

Published: 13:25, 4 October 2023

The Cricket World Cup gets continues on Saturday morning when South Africa and Sri Lanka clash (09:30 BST).

It was a disappointing World Cup for the Proteas in 2019, with a seventh placed finish in the points table being well below expectations for South Africa.

Sri Lanka finished one place, and one point, ahead of their opponents this weekend, but enter this match as the outsiders.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Tips

South Africa to sneak a win

Expectations are, once again, on South Africa to perform on the big stage and they are priced at 9/1 to win the competition outright.

Sri Lanka arrive for the tournament without the weight of expectation but are probably the side that are the biggest dark horses ahead of the first ball being played.

This should, on paper at least, be a tight match, with both squads having a good mix of dangerous bowlers and big hitters.

If South Africa can perform as they should, though, they should be able to grab the win. It won’t be an easy task though, and Sri Lanka will be dangerous opposition in what should be one of the most exciting matches in the early stages of the World Cup.


South Africa vs Sri Lanka team news

Both sides have named their 15 man squads for the Cricket World Cup. Here are the details of the players who will line up on Saturday:

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Rassie van der Dussen

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka, Pathum Nissanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Kusal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage