Venue Details & Pitch Report - Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Average First Innings Score at Delhi in ODIs: 223

Batting First vs Batting Second at Delhi in ODIs: Win Bat 1st - 48%, Win Bat 2nd - 52%

SA-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: None

SA-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries of (70m) and short square boundaries (63m, 64m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (55m, 68m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (56m, 74m).

Pitch Report: In recent years, the wicket at Delhi has mostly been batting-friendly and chase-friendly.

In the most recent pitch used, the wicket was flat, and there was a nice covering of grass as well. Expect seam, and assistance for the fast bowlers. Though we also noticed dry patches on the pitch, which will help spinners as the match progresses and especially after a few matches are played here.

Predicted Playing XI - South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Match 4, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinirch Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada

                       Bench: Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams, Reeza Hendricks

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dunith Wellalage, Dushan Hemantha, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana

                      Bench: Dilshan Madushanka, Kusal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, 

Fantasy Notes - South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Match 4, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Maheesh Theekshana is unlikley to feature in this match as he has joined the squad late and he is also receovering from a hamstring tear. Dushan Hemantha is likley to replace him in the XI.
  • Kusal Mendis is coming into this match on the back of a 150 in the second warm up match against Afghanistan. He will also provide us a good backup with his wicketkeeping points. 
  • Sri Lanka have bowled out their opposition in 14 out of the last 15 matches but in the absence of both their star spinners, Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana, this will be difficult. Their bowling performances in the warm ups against Bangladesh and Afghanistan was not encouraging either.
  • In terms of C/VC options, Aiden Markram and Dhanajaya de Silva emerge as the most reliable options due to the allround value that they are able to offer..
  • Aiden Markram in ODIs in 2023: Inns - 11, Runs - 577, Avg - -64, SR - 120; He is in some of the best form in his ODI careerand his additional value as an off spinner gives him a good fantasy potential especially if South Africa bowls in the second innings.
  • As we saw in the Asia Cup Final, Sri Lanka are capable of a collapse. considering that the Proteas have two quality new ball bowlers in Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada, we cannot rule out this scenario. Back either of the two bowlers as your C/VC in Grand Leagues especially if South Africa bowls first.

Fantasy XI - South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Match 4, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Quinton de Kock, Kusal Mendis, Heinrich Klaasen

BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Temba Bavuma

AR: Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage

BOWL: Kagiso Rabada, Matheesha Pathirana

C/VC: Aiden Markram, Dhananjaya de Silva

Differentials: Lungi Ngidi (34%), Tabraiz Shamsi (17%), David Miller (24%)

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