With nothing to play for but pride, South Africa and Sri Lanka will hope to sign off with a victory when the two teams meet at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the final Super 10 match of the World T20.
While Sri Lanka came in to this tournament as the defending champions, South Africa were tipped as one of the favourites for the title. But, once the dust settled in Group 1, neither team could fashion enough wins to finish in the top two and with it seal a semifinal place.
As disappointed as Sri Lanka might be, elimination from the World T20 would have been a harder pill to swallow for South Africa. On paper, South Africa have all the firepower they need to beat any team in the world and stand up on the podium with the trophy. However, instead, they will fly back home early from an ICC tournament, yet again.
"We haven't played our best cricket throughout," South Africa opener Hashim Amla was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "We haven't had a game where our batting and our bowling has clicked in the same game."
That would be an understatement. South Africa failed to defend 229 against England in their first match, before barely surviving a Mohammad Shahzad onslaught against Afghanistan. They then went on to collapse like a house of cards against the West Indies, and with it giving the bowlers way too much to do.
No matter how you look at it, South Africa have disappointed in this World T20, with their biggest batting star – AB De Villiers – unable to produce those exhilarating innings we have come to expect from him all the time. With Dale Steyn overlooked after the first match, South Africa just failed to hit their straps, and in a tournament format where every game is vital, that just would not do.
Sri Lanka came into this World T20 with very little hope of emulating their 2014 standard. Struggling with the bat without Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and having lost their best bowler – Lasith Malinga – to injury, it would have been a surprise to see the Lankans make it to the semifinals.
While they managed to beat Afghanistan, Sri Lanka failed to impress against the West Indies, with only Angelo Mathews really stepping up to the plate in the must-win match against England. In the end, though, Mathews alone could not see Sri Lanka over the line and as a result, England prospered and here we are waiting for the deposed champions and South Africa to play a deader than dead rubber.
Where to Watch Live
South Africa vs Sri Lanka is scheduled for a 7.30 p.m. IST (4 p.m. SAST, 2 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. ET) start. Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD3 will provide live TV coverage for viewers in India and the rest of the subcontinent. Viewers in India can also watch the WT20 match in Delhi by live streaming online on Starsports online and Hotstar.
Audience in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa can watch the World T20 action live on SuperSport, with the online live stream option on SuperSport Live Video.
Willow TV will broadcast the game live in the US and Canada, while all the action can also be live streamed on Willow TV Online. Sky Sports 2 will show the match live in the UK , while the live stream option is on Sky Go. Viewers in the Caribbean can watch the match live on ESPN and ESPN Player.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the WT20 action live on OSN Sports Cricket HD. The online live stream option for the match is on OSN Play.