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SL seek continuity against Proteas 

Chester-le-Street, June 27

Buoyed by the stunning win against England, Sri Lanka will look to keep their semifinals hopes alive as they train their sights on South Africa in a do-or-die encounter here tomorrow. Sri Lanka’s surprise 20-run victory over England has suddenly thrown open the semifinal qualifications, breathing new life into their inconsistent campaign. 

The 1996 winners will also have a psychological advantage when they sport their second choice “lucky yellow jersey” that they wore against England. While Sri Lanka will be fancying their chances against a lowly South African side, the Proteas would be more than keen to make a statement against the 1996 winners. Pitch and conditions

This is Chester-le-Street’s first match of the World Cup and a fresh pitch could help the bowlers

262 Runs is the average first innings score at this ground in the last five ODIs played here. The team that bowls first has won three of those games and nine times out of 16 overall   

2 Half-centuries and an average of 54 make Rassie van der Dussen the most successful batsman of South Africa in this World Cup

Sri Lanka have never lost an ODI at the Riverside Ground, having played here twice. South Africa play their first game in Durham

18 Wickets in 9 innings by Lungi Ngidi against Sri Lanka at an average of 18.8, his best against any top-10 ranked opposition in ODIs 

SL vs SA in World Cup
Matches 5
South Africa won 3
Sri Lanka won 1
Tied 1

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