CHESTER-LE-STREET – South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first in their World Cup match against rejuvenated Sri Lanka in Chester-le-Street on Friday.
A win for Sri Lanka, who beat England last week, would lift them level with the fourth-placed hosts on eight points, with the top four sides progressing to the semi-finals.
Faf du Plessis's South Africa can no longer qualify from the 10-team group phase.
“Looking at the stats, they are in favour of bowling first,” said Du Plessis. “I've got a bowling attack which is more of a seam attack, so we're hoping the seam movement first up will be something to work with.
“We're playing an extra batter today, so hopefully that frees them up. We've been playing catch-up in most games.”