SA vs SL Dream11: Johannesburg is ready to host the second and final test between South Africa and Sri Lanka. After registering a comprehensive victory in the first test, hosts South Africa will be high on confidence. Their bowling was toiling at one point in the last test but the bowlers came back strongly to stop a depleted tourist side to a modest total. Dean Elgar scored runs and Aiden Markram looked the most fluent of all batsmen. Faf du Plessis registered his highest international score while Bavuma too hit a half-century. With Ngidi, Nortje and Sipamla, the bowling looks threatening. If Rabada returns to the eleven, SL has a lot to ponder about. With a no. of positives, the Quinton de Kock-led side will be looking to turn the tables around given their poor recent series record which has saw them lose their last three test series.
Sri Lanka has been hit hard by the injuries so hard that it has become a challenge for them to even play a decent eleven. With 7 out of their 21 members under injury clouds, the side seems to be playing for survival rather than winning. Skipper Karunaratne needs to step up with the bat and lead from the front while SL will hope the hero of last SA tour Kusal Perera produces a magic performance. Dasun Shanaka showed tremendous temperament with both bat and ball and his allround skills will be important for his team. The bowling too seems a depleted one in the absence of Lakmal and Kumara who would have fancied their chances on a bouncy Wanderers track. The last time SL toured here, they surprised the hosts by winning both the tests. With nothing to lose, expect SL to come with an attacking mindset.
SA vs SL Dream11 match details
Fixture name: South Africa vs Sri Lanka
Series: Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2020-21
Date: 3-7 January, 2021
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Ground: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Brief score of the last result at the venue: England 400 & 248 beat South Africa 183 & 274 by 191 runs on Jan 24- Jan 27, 2020.
SA (recent last) W L L L W
SL (recent last) D L W D L
ICC Test Rankings: SA 6, SL 5
Pitch Report: The Wanderers has one of the bounciest and quickest wickets in the world and is known as SA’s most seamer friendly venue. Expect some pace and bounce on a green surface. The first session of the first day will be important as their will be help for the seamers early on. The weather will be on the cooler side and expect some thunderstorms during the course of the match.
SA vs SL Playing 11
SA Team News
Injury update, unavailability- It is not yet clear whether Rabada is fit enough to play this match. Raynard van Tonder injured his finger on the left hand during the match eve while Glenton Stuurman has been released from the squad due to thigh strain.
Expected team changes- SA are likely to name an unchanged winning eleven from the last match.
Elgar and Markram will open with Van der Dussen slotted in at No.3.
Du Plessis, skipper De Kock and Bavuma will be in the middle order while allrounder Wiaan Mulder will bat at No.7.
Ngidi, Nortje and Sipamla will be the frontline quicks and Keshav Maharaj will hold the spin bowling duties.
SA Playing 11 (probable)
R van der Dussen
F du Plessis
Q de Kock (C) (wk)
SL Team News
Injury update, unavailability- There is a big list of injury problems for the tourists. Rajitha, Lakmal, Kumara, Dhananjaya de Sliva, Oshada Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal have all been ruled out of the match due to injuries. Wanindu Hasaranga is also in doubt due to thigh injury that he suffered while fielding in the last match.
Expected team changes- Thirimanne, Minod Bhanuka, Chameera and Asitha Fernando are likely to replace Dhananjaya de Silva, Chandimal, Rajitha and Kumara from the last match. If Hasaranga doesn’t play, Embuldeniya is likely to replace him.
Karunaratne and Thirimanne will be the openers with Kusal Mendis at No.3.
Kusal Perera, Minod Bhanuka and Dasun Shanaka will hold the middle order spots.
Vishwa Fernando will lead the bowling attack, with Chameera and Asitha Fernando to assist him. One out of Hasaranga and Embuldeniya will play the spinner’s role.
SL Playing 11 (probable)
D Karunaratne (C)
N Dickwella (wk)
W Hasaranga/ L Embuldeniya
SA vs SL Today Match Prediction: Who will win SA vs SL Dream11 match today?
SA will be clear favorites to win this game as they are playing in their home conditions. They have a balanced lineup for these conditions and the players have shown the ability to bounce back. The bouncy Wanderers has not been easy for any Asian team touring here and SL is no different. SL has lost their last two games here by innings margins and inside three days. Combine that with SL’s injury problems, this game will not be an easy one for them. On a bouncy Wanderers wicket, expect seamers to dominate in the SA vs SL Today Match Prediction.
SA vs SL Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks, Fantasy Cricket Tips
A Markram- Markram looked in a superb touch in the last match and looked set for a big score but got out for 68. He has scored plenty of runs in the recently played domestic first class competition.
Test Career: Runs 1492, Avg. 39
Markram vs SL: Runs 225, Avg. 25
F du Plessis- Scoring 199 in the last game, Faf showed why he is the most experienced batsman in the lineup. He is looking in a perfect shape to get big runs again.
Test Career: Runs 4100, Avg. 41
Du Plessis vs SL: Runs 866, Avg. 54
A Nortje- Nortje bowled with extreme pace in the last match and went past the edges a no. of times without any luck. His accuracy and ability to bowl quick makes him a top pick in the SA vs SL Dream11 Prediction.
Test Career: Wkts 22, Bowl Avg. 36
Nortje vs SL: Wkts 3, Bowl Avg. 45
D Karunaratne- The SL skipper will have a big responsibility on his shoulders given a no. of injury problems for his side. He has a poor record in South Africa and will look to correct that.
Test Career: Runs 4552, Avg. 36
Karunaratne vs SA: Runs 598, Avg. 40
K Perera- Perera is one of those batsmen who can take the game away in one session. He was the hero of the last test series for SL played in South Africa. Perera will look to counter attack the SA fast bowlers.
Test Career: Runs 1014, Avg. 31
K Perera vs SA: Runs 317, Avg. 53
V Fernando- The left armer will be the leader of this bowling group in the absence of several first choice fast bowlers. He is a genuine wicket taker with the new ball and will enjoy the fast and bouncy wicket of Wanderers.
Test Career: Wkts 26, Bowl Avg. 34
V Fernando vs SA: Wkts 15, Bowl Avg. 23
Q de Kock- The Proteas skipper has been a consistent run scorer for them across formats. He can score runs quickly as SA will rely upon him to rally the middle order.
Test Career: Runs 2952, Avg. 39
De Kock vs SL: Runs 687, Avg. 38
D Shanaka- Shanaka was extremely impressive in the last match with both bat and ball. He went past the bat a no. of times with the ball and scored a fluent 66 not out in the last match.
Test Career: Runs 101, Bat Avg. 17, Wkts 11, Bowl Avg. 32
Shanaka vs SA: Runs 72, Bat Avg. 72, Wkts 2, Bowl Avg. 49