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| On Sep 9, 2021 11:54 PM IST

SL vs SA 1st T20I: Possible Playing 11 of South Africa


SL vs SA, SA Playing 11: A Day after the squad for the T20 World Cup has been announced, the Proteas will take on Sri Lanka for a 3 match T20I series. They were hammered 2-1 in the recently concluded ODI series and have a point to prove against the home side. With the regular captain Temba Bavuma forced to sit out due to a finger injury, T20I debutant Keshav Maharaj will most probably step in as the skipper. Former captain and wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock returns to the playing XI after getting rested for the ODIs. The decision regarding who will lead the side is still not made by CSA.

Team News

  • Temba Bavuma is injured and out of the SL vs SA series.
  • Quinton De Kock returns to the side after being rested for the ODI series.
  • The decision regarding the stand-in captain is not made yet.

SA Playing 11 (likely)

The biggest plus for South Africa while moving to the T20Is is the addition of Quinton De Kock in the eleven. Their premier batsman will be back in the side and will replace Klassen behind the stumps as well. Aiden Markram who came back to form is expected to partner him at the top with Hendricks, Vand der Dussen, and Miller likely to form the middle order. With the pitch expected to be on the slower side, they will go with the spin trio of Keshav Maharaj, Shamsi and Fortuin. The toss-up for the second seamer is likely to be between Nortje and Magala.

Quinton de Kock (wk)
Aiden Markram
Reeza Hendricks
Rassie van der Dussen
David Miller
Dwaine Pretorius
Keshav Maharaj
Kagiso Rabada
Bjorn Fortuin
Anrich Nortje
Tabraiz Shamsi

South Africa Squad

Aiden Markram, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Lizaad Williams.

Where to Watch SL vs SA Live 1st T20I

Sports Network will live stream the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka in India. Fans can watch the SL vs SA LIVE Streaming on the Sony Liv app while Sony Ten 2 will live telecast the match on TV for the Indian audience.

4 Fantasy picks for Sri Lanka vs South Africa from SA

  1. Quinton de Kock

The dashing southpaw needs no introduction. He is one of the most prolific T20 openers going around in world cricket right now. His ability to dominate in the powerplays is expected to reward him with plenty of runs in this series.

In T20s since 2019

Matches Runs Average Strike Rate
75 2355 35.15 144.39


2. Kagiso Rabada

One of the premier pace bowlers going around in world cricket right now, Kagiso Rabada is a beast when it comes to taking wickets in T20s.

In T20s since 2019

Matches Wickets Economy 3 Wickets+
63 95 8.24 12


3. Tabraiz Shamsi

The number one ranked T20I bowler should be a sure pick in any of the fantasy teams. He is the form of his life and was impressive in the ODI series as well.

In T20s since 2019

Matches Wickets Economy 3 Wickets+
56 73 7.11 7


4. Aiden Markram

The promising proteas batsman was in fine touch in the SL vs SA ODI series. Being forced to shuffle his batting position for so long, Markram has now found a proper place in the eleven through his consistent run off-late.

In the SA vs SL 2021 ODI series

Matches Runs Average Strike Rate
3 119 39.67 96.75

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