The chokers tag will continue to follow South Africa come any ICC tournament, until they can get over that line and hold aloft that much-needed trophy. Sri Lanka have been as close as any team to do just that over the past few years, reaching multiple finals, including a couple in the World T20, but tripping up at the final hurdle with the finishing line well in sight.
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Come Saturday, both teams will be desperate for a winning start to take that first positive step towards the final goal.
While Sri Lanka come into the World T20 2014 in Bangladesh as one of the favourites, South Africa have been going a little under the radar. But having picked up a series win in Sri Lanka not too long ago, the Proteas are confident of toppling the Islanders in their first match in Chittagong.
"We toured Sri Lanka not too long ago and we beat them in T20s," SA skipper Faf du Plessis said on Friday. "The conditions there really suited their style of bowling. They have good spinners and it will be crucial how we play spin.
"Luckily the wicket doesn't seem like it has too much spin. But also they have got other danger bowlers, Lasith Malinga is a dangerous T20 bowler, they have other match-winners. It's about making sure on the day that you bring your best.
"Sri Lanka is a fantastic team, having said that we beat them and played really good cricket against them. So we are taking a huge amount of confidence from that. There has been a lot of talk about six or seven teams that can win this tournament, everything is going to count on how you play as a team. Hopefully we can start tomorrow."
Sri Lanka had mixed results in their two warm-up games, beating India in the first one, before falling tamely to the West Indies in the second. Undoubtedly their strength will be spin, something that the Lankans will try to make full use of against South Africa.
"The way our spinners bowled in the Asia Cup, the pitches will assist them [and] we have a good chance in the tournament," Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal said.
"We are in a group with teams that are not comfortable at playing spin, so we have a good chance. However we will take it match by match.
"Our main focus is to get to the semifinals. From there onwards we will have to plan our strategies differently."
This is the final T20 tournament for Sri Lanka's evergreen duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene; so what better way to bid goodbye to two of your greatest ever players than with the trophy - reaching the final hasn't been a problem in the past, winning it, though, has been.
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World T20 2014: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Live TV and Streaming Information (Match starts 3.30 pm local time, 3 pm IST, 9.30 am GMT, 5.30 am ET)
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Team news: South Africa: Du Plessis and Dale Steyn, two vital players for the Proteas, are struggling with hamstring injuries and are major doubts for the game. Neither are likely to be risked if not at 100 percent on the match morning.
"It's been a pretty intense week for Dale and myself trying to make sure we are 100 percent ready for the game tomorrow," du Plessis said. "As of now we are still assessing, we both will do a fitness test tomorrow [Saturday] to see where we are. We seem to be OK, but we will have a look at it tomorrow to see how the hamstring is doing.
"Batting [for me] is 100 percent fine, I don't feel anything, but it's just when you are sprinting. Pace wise I am up to about 70 percent, hopefully we can crank that up to around 90-95 [before the game]."
If Steyn isn't fit, then Wayne Parnell is likely to come in with Beuran Hendricks also an option. Du Plessis' absence could mean an opportunity for Farhaan Behardien.
Sri Lanka: The only real decision for Chandimal and the management to make is which spinner to play - Rangana Herath or Ajantha Mendis, with the two pacers -- Nuwan Kulasekara and Malinga - likely to play. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera are expected to get the nod at the top, meaning Lahiru Thirimanne might have to warm the benches for a while.
Expected lineups: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, Faf Du Plessis, AB De Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.