South Africa v Sri Lanka: Back Sri Lanka if Mathews plays

Quinton de Kock has been South Africa's most consistent batsman in this competition
Quinton de Kock has been South Africa's most consistent batsman in this competition

Both teams exited the competition over the weekend, so only have pride to play for here. Richard O'Hagan looks ahead to a contest between two sides who have both disappointed in the tournament so far.

"Sri Lanka do have the advantage of having played at the Kotla only two days ago, and if Mathews is fit, then that might count in their favour."

South Africa v Sri Lanka
Monday March 28
15:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports 2


South Africa

The Proteas can only blame themselves for their competition being over. They have yet to have a game where both their batting and bowling units performed at top level. Once viewed as serious contenders for this title, they have once again disappointed once the contest proper began.

That Friday's loss to the West Indies was only a narrow one was entirely due to the excellence of their spin bowling attack, but with the Kotla pitch in Delhi looking decidedly unfriendly towards slow bowlers, they will need to decide whether to stick with just Imran Tahir and back him with four quicks. That might weaken a struggling batting lineup by forcing them to leave out JP Duminy, though.


Sri Lanka

Saturday's defeat by England not only ended Sri Lanka's reign as champions, but it probably also cost them the services of captain Angelo Mathews for this game. The skipper was superb with the ball and even better with the bat in that game, but suffered what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury during his unbeaten innings of 73, putting his participation in this game in doubt.

Whether Mathews plays or not, don't be surprised to see Tillakaratne Dilshan leading the team out in this match. It is almost certainly the last game of the veteran opener's career and definitely his last in a World Cup.


Venue and Conditions

The two previous games in Delhi have seen England edge out Afghanistan in a low-scoring thriller and then Saturday's boundary-fest. Something around 165 remains the par score here, as shown by Saturday's game.


Match Odds

Sri Lanka do have the advantage of having played at the Kotla only two days ago, and if Mathews is fit, then that might count in their favour. Consider backing them at 3.02/1 if he plays.


Top South Africa Batsman

The only South African batsman to have shown any consistency in this tournament has been wicketkeeper and opener Quinton de Kock. Despite this, the presence of the likes of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers in the team will always keep him at decent odds, so back him at anything over 4.216/5.


Top Sri Lanka Batsman

Given the risk of Mathews not playing, and given the relative lack of form shown by the rest of the Sri Lankan batting lineup to date, back Dilshan for one last big total at odds of around 4.1.


Recommended Bet:

Back Quinton de Kock to be top South Africa batsman at odds of over 4.216/5

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