In the second semi-final of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Sri Lanka Legends and South Africa Legends will face each other at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium (Raipur) this Friday (19th March) night.
Sri Lanka Legends finished the league stage of this tournament as the second-best team with 20 points in six games. Meanwhile, South Africa Legends finished the same league stage with 16 points in six matches.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Semi-Final 2: Sri Lanka Legends vs South Africa Legends – Match Preview
Sri Lanka Legends
Apart from losing against India Legends in the last year, Sri Lanka Legends won all their remaining matches during the league stage of this Road Safety World Series 2020/21.
In this year, skipper Thilakaratne Dilshan is in great form with the bat as he has scored 47, 50*, 33 and 61* respectively this year. Dilshan is the leading run-scorer in this tournament as he has scored 232 runs in six games with an average of 58.00. Moreover, in the last game against England Legends, he had the record bowling figures in this tournament history which were 4-1-6-4.
Also, Upul Tharanga has also brought some strong performances with the bat this year by scoring 53*, 27*, 99* and 6 runs respectively. It will be interesting whether Sanath Jayasuriya returns to the game after recovering from a hamstring injury.
While Dilshan is also the leading wicket-taker in this tournament with 12 wickets in six games, Ranagana Herath has also got 7 wickets in five matches.
Thilakaratne Dilshan (C), Sanath Jayasuriya, Farveez Maharoof , Rangana Herath, Thilan Thushara, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Kulasekara, Russel Arnold, Dulanjana Wijesinghe and Malinda Warnapura
South Africa Legends
In the league stage of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21, South Africa Legends lost against Sri Lanka Legends and India Legends and that too in big ways. However, they beat West Indies Legends, Bangladesh Legends and England Legends while they also got four more points from unavailable Australia Legends.
Morné van Wyk and Andrew Puttick have played some great roles with the bat in this tournament as they have scored 175 runs and 185 runs respectively. Puttick’s this year’s scores are 39, 23, 41 and 82*. Meanwhile, Morné van Wyk’s scores are 2, 46, 48 and 69*. Captain Jonty Rhodes, who scored a fifty last year, is also putting good efforts with the bat this year when he is getting chances as his scores this year are 2, 17* and 22*.
Among South Africa Legends bowlers, Thandi Tshabalala has bagged 5 wickets while Makhaya Ntini and Garnett Kruger both have picked up 4 wickets each.
Jonty Rhodes (C), Morné van Wyk, Garnett Kruger, Roger Telemachus, Justin Kemp, Alviro Petersen, Nantie Hayward, Andrew Puttick, Loots Bosman, Zander de Bruyn, Thandi Tshabalala, Monde Zondeki, Makhaya Ntini and Lloyd Norris-Jones.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Semi-Final 2: Sri Lanka Legends vs South Africa Legends – Match Prediction
During the league stage of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21, they face each other for the first time on 8th March 2021, where South Africa Legends were bundled out for just 89 runs and Sri Lanka Legends chased down the target in 13.2 overs after losing only one wicket.
Sri Lanka Legends are highly favourite for this match due to their great form. However, South Africa Legends have made some strong comebacks in the late moment of this tournament.