Mathews doubtful for opener

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live Streaming

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live Streaming

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is likely to miss the team's Champions Trophy opener against South Africa on Saturday with a calf injury, the cricket board has said.

South Africa has won 34 of its 65 ODI matches against Sri Lanka, including in its most recent meeting in February.

The big thing for South Africa is finding their edge.

He however, played a key role in RPS team's rise in Smith's captaincy as the franchise reached the final of the cash-rich T20 league in their second season.

"It was a bit of a catch 22 to get that right message across to the boys, (and) it was maybe a bit confusing at times".

South Africa will need his skill in the tournament, and part of me feels that it's not a bad option to have kept Tahir away from England a little bit in those last two ODIs.

"We're well aware of that, and they deserve our respect".

Who is in Group B?

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara yesterday said defending champions India were capable of retaining the Champions Trophy title as they were a better balanced unit with "real firepower in their fast bowling".

He also introduced them to one of the latest tracking systems, Real Track, which follows the movement patterns of each player. Phehlukwayo has done the same, against Australia in Durban and New Zealand in Hamilton but he also stumbled in that same series. If you're tuning in for entertainment value, Pakistan is a good team to follow. - De Villiers has got his sights set on silverware. When asked: "What does this mean to you?" he simply quipped: "I dunno". "I'm sure there will be some close games, and I guess whichever team takes their opportunities the most will come out on top", he added.

Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis make for a competent batting order around AB. "It will be interesting to see how conditions go throughout the tournament, weather-permitting". In the bowling department, Tahir is the world's top-ranked limited-overs' spinner while Rabada is ODI cricket's newest No. 1, having overtaken Tahir on the rankings after the England series. It's not something they can train or plan for, only something they can hope finally finds it's way to them.

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