Tournament front runners South Africa will be looking to make a big statement against the outsiders Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 10:30am, Sky Sports 2
Will South Africa get off to a great start or are their big tournament jitters going to continue? The heavily tipped Proteas face a Sri Lankan side who many regard as the second weakest team in the competition. The underdogs for this one have scored over 300 against New Zealand and Australia in the warms up, failing to defend 356 and 318 respectively. Ever-present pacemen Lasith Malinga stands head and shoulders above his fellow bowlers and I expect to leave the Oval with the best figures for his side.
The South African top order outclass their opponents comfortably and are all showing signs of form coming into the tournament. Expect to see one of the top order flourish and top the batting in the match.
Hashim Amla, who on his day is one of the best batsmen in world cricket, racked up a couple of modest half centuries in the warm ups against the hosts. Throughout his career, he has been a form player who is capable of scoring big one day hundreds. The stylish opener known for his flowing cover drives will enjoy facing this pitch up style attack making him a sound pick to top the batting for not only South Africa but also for either side.