South Africa would look to tune up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they take on Sri Lanka in the first game of the three-match T20I series. The recently concluded ODI series did not test the hosts enough to prepare ahead and would want a better contest in the shortest format of the game.
Sri Lanka would have pinned hopes on the all-rounder duo of Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana, alongside Kusal Mendis who has done a fair bit with the bat. The chances of the tourists are limited but the shorter format does give them a glimmer of hope.
Keeping in mind the mega event that starts in less than 80 days, South Africa have named a strong squad for the 1st T20I against Sri Lanka to give WC probables enough practice. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have made a ring of changes after a dismal show in the One Day Internationals.
South Africa v Sri Lanka
Newlands, Cape Town
Tuesday, 19 March 2019; 6:00pm local time, 4:00pm GMT
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya
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, Lakshan Sandakan
SOUTH AFRICA 1st T20I SQUAD
Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn
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