South Africa, rattled after 2-0 loss in the Test series, ruthlessly drubbed Sri Lankans 5-0 in the One Day Internationals. Now, the two sides square off in the Twenty 20 format for the three-match series starting tomorrow.
South Africa could never put their foot on the gas in the One-Dayers but it was the touring Sri Lankan that were so uncompetitive. And, that was not just a one-game affair but remained constant throughout the series. All came too easy for SA’s liking and they would want more from the Lankans to rehearse for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Is Struggling Sri Lanka worth a punt?
Sri Lanka started their tour of South Africa with an astonishing 2-0 win in Tests. Going forward, a lot was expected from the islanders but they were never close to the expectations. The entire five-match series was shambolic for the side. They would want to start afresh, put on a competitive show and return home with happy memories.
Where? Newlands, Cape Town
When? 19 March at 9:30 PM IST
Head-to-head (Last 5 T20Is): South Africa – 2, Sri Lanka – 3
SA vs SL Team News
South Africa have named Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje and Sinethemba Qeshile in the three-match T20I squad for Sri Lanka series.
Aiden Markram is likely to partner Quinton de Kock at the top of the SA batting order.
Dale Steyn can come in for Lungi Ngidi as the latter is nursing a side strain.
Sadeera Samarawickrama is expected to partner Niroshan Dickwella at the top of the order, while Asitha Fernando can make his T20I debut
South Africa – Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn/Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen
South Africa T20I squad for 1st T20I: Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius , Kagiso Rabada , Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen
Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Perera/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Kamindu Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama
Sri Lanka T20I squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay and Lakshan Sandakan.
SA vs SL Halaplay Team
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis and Kusal Mendis will again be the top batting bets after excellent returns in the ODI series.
Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada will be the most threatening bowlers among the two sides following successful showings in the recent outings.
Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana can spring a surprise. Both are worthy of fantasy team berths.
Star player choices – Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera