T20 World Cup, SA vs SL match preview: De Kock can return against Sri Lanka

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Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock, who withdrew from the previous match for refusing to take a symbolic position on one knee in the campaign against racism, could take the field in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

De Kock had made himself available for the remaining T20 World Cup matches by issuing a statement on Thursday. He said that if kneeling helped educate others, he had no problem doing so. De Kock said he was called a racist for not doing it before the West Indies game, which caused him a lot of pain.

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South Africa won the match by eight wickets. De Kock’s return will give South Africa’s higher order a boost and the left-handed hitter himself will try to silence critics by playing big innings. South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has scored 12 and two runs in the World Cup so far and will be looking forward to getting back in shape.

South Africa has hitters like Reeza Hendrix, Rasie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram and the trusty David Miller who can tear up any attack and Sri Lanka is no exception. South African hitters, however, will have to be on guard against Sri Lankan spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahish Teekshana.

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South African bowlers did a great job against the West Indies. Fast bowler Dwayne Pretorius took three wickets in this match. They have two of the best death-overs pitchers, Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Norcia, and their role will also be crucial in the next game.

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Keshav Maharaj and Tabrez Shamsi, both South African spinners, will also have an important role to play. Sri Lanka will have to start over after forgetting the seven-field loss at the hands of Australia. Charit Aslanka’s good form is a positive aspect for him. Kusal Perera, who started well against Australia, needs to play big innings.

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The constant failure of starting hitters Pathum Nisanka and Avishka Fernando will be of concern to the team’s leadership. The role of the flamboyant Wanindu Hasaranga and Bhanuka Rajapakse will also be important. Sri Lankan fast pitchers Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chamira and Lahiru Kumara were unable to walk against Australia.

They have to bowl in the right areas to stop South African hitters. The role of dew will also be important in the match. The result of this match will be important for both teams and, therefore, they will not want to leave a stone unturned.

The teams are as follows:

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nisanka, Charit Aslanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Chamika Karunaratne, Vanindu Hasaranga, Dushmanta Chamira, Lahiru Kumara, Bin Maheshhananjay.

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (week), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendrix, Henrik Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Norcia, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabrez Shamsi, Rasi Wan Fear Dusen.

The match will start at 3.30 pm India time.

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