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Sri Lanka v South Africa, ICC CT 2017, The Oval

Sri Lanka looks to its youngsters to deliver

London: Sri Lanka looks to its youngsters to deliver, while South Africa needs its big guns to fire.

The third match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be between the young Sri Lankans up against a formidable South Africa.

Head-2-Head in ODIs:
In the most interesting of scenarios, both teams have an equal record against each other in the one-day format. Of the 60 matches played, Sri Lanka has won 29 and South Africa 29, with one tie and one no result. In Champions Trophy South Africa has had the upper hand, winning 2 of the 3 matches.

Previous Champions Trophy encounters:

  1. SuperSport Park, Centurion, September 22, 2009
    Sri Lanka won by 55 runs (D/L method)
  2. Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, October 24, 2006
    South Africa won by 78 runs
  3. Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, October 30th, 1998
    South Africa won by 92 runs (D/L Method)

Key players for each side:

Sri Lanka:
With legends like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene having retired, there has been immense pressure on the Sri Lankan youngsters to fill their shoes. Even as the youngsters are given more opportunities, the one player who hasn't faded is Angelo Mathews. As a genuine all-rounder, Mathews will have to play a good role in all departments of the game. His seniority and experience gives him a lot to work with. He has the ability to dismantle any batting line-up, and also take Sri Lanka home from any situation with his batting.

South Africa: Regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, AB de Villiers has a lot of work to do if South Africa is to put away memories of losing during key moments at ICC events. With his ability to be both a destructive and composed batsman, de Villiers adds versatility to the South African batting line-up. As seen on many occasions in the past, if he gets going, there's not much a bowling attack can do to stop him.

Team from:

South Africa:
AB de Villiers (Capt.), Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien and Morne Morkel

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (Capt.), Upul Tharanga (vc), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Seekkuge Prasanna

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka's lowest ever ODI total of 43, came against South Africa in 2012.
  • AB de Villiers averages 54.00 against Sri Lanka, with five fifties and two centuries.

Best at Champions Trophy
South Africa Winners 1998
Sri Lanka Joint-winners (with India) 2002

Match facts
Saturday June 3, 2017
Start time: 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT

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