SA Playing 11: South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka is ready to start as both teams will play in the first ODI here at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The fact that this series holds some crucial World Cup Super league points, both teams will look to get a win here. SA are missing some prominent players but have enough in the squad to challenge Sri Lanka in these conditions. There’s a lot to prove for their white ball captain Temba Bavuma and he needs runs to lead the way for his team. In 77 ODIs played between these sides, South Africa leads Sri Lanka 44-31.
Temba Bavuma (C)
Rassie van der Dussen
Heinrich Klaasen (wk)
Despite de Kock missing, South Africa have enough opening options. Janneman Malan scored 177* in the last ODI. Skipper Bavuma will be under pressure to perform while David Miller’s late hitting will be missed towards the end. Rabada will lead the attack with the new ball with Nortje to accompany him. But the biggest focus will be on Tabraiz Shamsi who has been their trump card in recent times. Both him and Maharaj will pose a tough challenge to the home side in these conditions.
Temba Bavuma (C), George Linde, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Junior Dala, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st ODI match on Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv. The match will be played on 2 September and will start at 3:00 PM (IST).