Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup first warm-up fixture at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff today.
Sri Lanka’s new Captain Dimuth Karunaratne said: “We have great experience in England, we came here early to get used to the conditions and we are in good shape, hoping to do our best.”
“It is not going to be easy though. We are confident and taking it each game one by one,” he said during the official captain’s media launch held in London yesterday.
Meanwhile, South Africa Skipper Francois du Plessis is hoping to become the first man to lead the Proteas to a World Cup crown, after four semi-final appearances.
“We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great,” he said.
“The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.”
“I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball.” (ICC)
Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana and Jeffrey Vandersay.
South Africa Squad: Francois du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, J. P. Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Rassie van der Dussen.