Sri Lanka played two warm-up games and ended up on losing side on both occasions despite posting 300+ totals in both games. Captain Angelo Mathews scored 95 in the first game while he rested himself for the second. Sri Lanka scored 318/7, batting first. But this proved to be less for the Aussies as they chased it down with 2 balls to spare, thanks to a scintillating innings by Aaron Finch.
Upul Thranga scored an excellent hundred while leading the team in the second against the Kiwis. The Lankans scored a mammoth 356/8. Martin Guptill led the onslaught for the Kiwis, scoring 116 off just 76 balls. He was well supported by Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson as New Zealand got home with 6 wickets and 4 overs to spare. The Lankan bowling needs to improve drastically if they have to a good run in the tournament.
South Africa did not play any warm-up games as they played the English team in a bilateral, three-match series. Though they lost the series 2-1, they have a lot of positives to take from the series. They lost the second match by a margin of just 2 runs even though at one point, they required 10 off 10 deliveries. Skipper de Villiers and his team will be looking to get rid of their chokers tag in this tournament and will be hoping for a good start against the Lankans.
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Here is a look at the probable XI that might feature for both teams on Saturday.
|South Africa||Sri Lanka|
|Quinton de Kock (wk)||Upul Tharanga (c)|
|Hashim Amla||Kusal Perera|
|JP Duminy||Kusal Mendis|
|Faf du Plessis||Dinesh Chandimal|
|AB de Villiers (c)||Asela Gunaratne|
|David Miller||Nuwan Pradeep|
|Chris Morris||Thisara Perera|
|Wayne Parnell||Seekkuge Prasanna|
|Imran Tahir||Lakshan Sandakan|
|Kagiso Rabada||Lasith Malinga|
|Morne Morkel||Nuwan Kulasekara|
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