ICC CWC 2023: SA vs SL 4th Match Head-to-Head Records, Key Players, Match Preview, Match Predictions and Betting Tips

ICC CWC 2023 South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Super Saturday is here with a double-header clash. The 2nd match is between South Africa and Sri Lanka. This is going to be another close contest since both are equally good sides with great bowling strengths. The Africans have some hope to advance to the semi-final round as they have been in exceptional form this year. Recently, they beat Australia by 3-2 in the 5-match ODI series while Sri Lanka advanced to the final of the Asia Cup in two back-to-back years. 

In the ICC Men’s CWC 2019, South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. This is a test for the Lankans to put up a great fighting spirit. The former skipper of South Africa Faf du Plessis and star batter Hashim Amla played fine innings of 96* and 80* respectively to take the team home. A thrilling encounter is awaiting so why just watch only? Let’s play and earn big cash rewards. Also, check out our ICC Winner Prediction article to see who could be the winner of this ICC CWC 2023. Download the IPLwin App and register to enjoy sports betting at its best and win big cash rewards.

ICC CWC 2023 SA vs SL Match Details

ICC Men's CWC 2023 SA vs SL match details

This is the 4th match of the ICC Men’s CWC 2023 that will take place on 7th Oct at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The live action begins at 2 PM IST.

Pitch Report

pitch report

The surface is good for batting and due to shorter boundaries, runs can come easily. Since the pitch becomes dry, therefore it will assist spinners more than the pacers. Overall the spinners have a lower economy as compared to the pacers.

Venue Stats

venue stats
  • Total Matches- 28
  • Batting 1st won- 13
  • Bowling 1st won- 14
  • Average 1st innings score- 223
  • Average 2nd innings score- 203

Head-to-Head Records

head to head records
Total MatchesSA wonSL wonTie / DrawNo Result

Clearly, South Africa has dominated Sri Lanka in the ODIs by a comfortable margin.

ICC CWC 2023 SA vs SL Match Preview

Team South Africa 

They are one of the finest nations in the cricketing world and perhaps loved by all cricket fans. Though they are a wonderful team but still couldn’t win a single trophy in any ICC events. Last time, they made it into the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s CWC 2015 against New Zealand but they choked under pressure again and the Kiwis pulled out a stunning victory. However, their few performances are commendable and one such came against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men’s CWC 2019.

They have announced their 15-member squad for this World Cup. Temba Bavuma will lead the team. The prime bowler Anrich Nortje is ruled out of the tournament due to injury. Gerald Coetzee, a young pacer, has made it in the squad. Quinton de Cock has already announced his retirement from the ODIs after this World Cup and therefore he would aim for a good finish. Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller will be handling the middle-order things. 

Recently, they were able to beat Australia in the 5-match ODI series after losing the T20I series by 3-0 and leading the ODI series by 2-0. This come-from-behind win will boost their morale before going into the mega event. Earlier this year, they defeated England in the 3-match ODI series by 2-1. A comprehensive 2-0 ODI series win against the Netherlands this year was also a remarkable achievement. Overall, the players are in good form and it seems they are ticking the right boxes.

ICC Men's CWC 2023 SA vs Sri Lanka match preview

Team Sri Lanka

After the ICC CWC 2011 final loss against India in India, the team couldn’t do well both in the ICC CWC 2015 and the ICC CWC 2019 edition. In both editions, they were eliminated in the group stages and in fact, their performance against South Africa was poor. In both ICC CWC 2015 and 2019 editions, South Africa beat them by 9 wickets which is a one-sided affair. This is their biggest concern and they would want to break this losing streak against the Africans. 

However, over the past couple of years, they shaped up really well. The last two back-to-back Asia Cup finals are a commendable achievement and in fact, they won it last year against Pakistan. Their new skipper Dasun Shanaka has been leading the side quite well. Some new players like Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama are doing a good job for the team. 

They also announced their 15-member squad and their prime spinner and a brilliant all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga ruled out of this World Cup due to injury. Another experienced bowler Dushmantha Chameera also misses out. This is a huge blow for Sri Lankans and they would be gutted that their mai bowlers couldn’t be a part of the squad. Lahiru Kumara managed to come back to the squad while Dilshan Madushanka was also added to the team. However, they would hope for some good performances because they have done it in the Asia Cup by defeating Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023. The Lankans will hope for a good fight to challenge the Africans.

Key Players to Watch

We will take the current stats of both teams. For South Africa, we are taking the stats of the ODI series against Australia while for Sri Lanka, we will take the stats of the Asia Cup 2023.

Team South Africa 

PlayerMatchesRunsBatting AverageWicketsBowlingAverage
T Bavuma421772.3
A Markram522556.2
H Klaasen524348.6
D Miller520250.5
T Shamsi2615
K Maharaj4816.8
key players to watch

Team Sri Lanka

PlayerMatchesRunsBatting AverageWicketsBowlingAverage
K Mendis627045
S Samarawickrama621535.8
D Wellalage68628.61017.9
M Pathirana61124.5
M Theekshana5829.1

Team Squads

Team South Africa 

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

team squads

Team Sri Lanka

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

Predicted Playing XI

predicted playing XI

Team South Africa 

Quinton de Cock, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jensen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Team Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Sliva, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana 

ICC CWC 2023 SA vs SL Match Predictions

Team South Africa 

  • Heinrich Klaasen is in sublime form. Recently, he hit 174 off just 83 balls against Australia in the 5-match ODI series. The wicketkeeper-batsman can score quickly in the middle overs as he plays spin quite well.
  • Temba Bavuma generally starts his innings slowly but catches up later. He also smashed a brilliant hundred against Australia.
  • Aiden Markram was the 3rd highest run-getter against Australia and he has the ability to pick some wickets too.
  • Keshav Maharaj was the leading wicket-taker in the series against Australia and therefore, he will be the key spinner for the team.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi with his spin variety, comes with a lot to offer. He can pick crucial wickets in the middle overs.
  • David Miller is a destructive batter and he can score quickly at the back end of the innings. Recently, he paired up with Klaasen to be involved in a big match-winning partnership against Australia.
ICC Men's CWC 2023 SA vs SL match predictions

Team Sri Lanka

  • Sadeera Samarawickrama is a good player of spin and he can score runs in the middle order. He scored 2 fifties in the Asia Cup 2023.
  • Kusal Mendis was the most successful batter for the team in the Asia Cup 2023. It includes 3 fifties as well.
  • Matheesha Pathirana could be a useful bowler, especially in the death overs. His slower off-cutters and toe-crushing yorkers could be lethal for batsmen.
  • Dunith Wellalage had a great Asia Cup 2023 where he picked up crucial wickets, especially in the top order of India.
  • Lahiru Kumara, the experienced pacer, is back in the squad and he will add a lot of value to the team with his experience.

ICC CWC 2023 SA vs SL Betting Tips

ICC Men's CWC 2023 SA vs SL betting tips

Based on the previous records in the ICC events and head-to-head records, South Africa should win the match however they need to be cautious about the spin department Sri Lanka possesses. 

Fantasy Team

Based on the stats above, this could be the winning fantasy team.

  • Wicketkeepers: Heinrich Klaasen, Kusal Mendis
  • Batters: Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka
  • All-Rounders: Aiden Markram, Dunith Wellalage
  • Bowlers: Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Maheesh Theekshana
  • Captain: Heinrich Klaasen / Temba Bavuma
  • Vice-captain: Keshav Maharaj / Dunith Wellalage


South Africa looks better team on paper and almost all of its players are in red-hot form but they choke in the ICC tournaments. On the other hand, Sri Lanka lacks consistency in their performances and we can see that in the Asia Cup 2023. Can Sri Lanka defeat the Africans after two consecutive losses in the last two World Cups or will the Africans continue their domination? Catch the live coverage on 7th Oct and register at IPLwin today and start betting on the ICC Men’s CWC 2023 matches now to win amazing cash prizes and exclusive offers.

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