South Africa Women to play for pride against Sri Lanka
Posted on: 04:20 PM IST Feb 12, 2013
Cuttack: Wooden spooners South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in an inconsequential Super Six match of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Barabati Stadium here Wednesday. Both teams have no chance whatsoever of making it to the final and will be playing for pride when they lock horns in their concluding Super Six engagement.
As of now, Sri Lanka on two points are placed fifth in the league table while South Africa have flattered to deceive at the Super Six stage having lost all their matches. Such has been the situation of the two sides that Sri Lanka with a net run-rate of -2.636 would have to play for the fifth place play-off even if they win and go onto four points.
Their net run-rate which has taken a heavy toll due to some big defeats is unlikely to improve by a significant margin, which would have ensured them atleast qualifying for the third place play-off.
For South Africa, the situation is even worse as a win could only fetch them two points and can only take them to fifth position. But that won't make any difference to their campaign as they would still be playing for the fifth place-off.