The Proteas finally had a smile on their face after the first ODI where they defeated Sri Lanka quite convincingly by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match series. Unconventionally, this was the first win for South Africa in this series after losing the 2 match Test series 0-2.
Skipper Faf du Plessis was the architect of this win as his 11th ODI hundred propelled South Africa to chase a modest total of 231 runs in 38.5. In the process, he got ample support from wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock who got a brisk 81 off 72 deliveries.
Earlier in the day, it was the duo of Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir who worked in tandem to ruffle the batting line-up of the visitors. Both claimed 3 wickets each to incapacitate Sri Lanka and eventually they could only manage a total of 231 on the board.
Now, in this article, we are providing you with some grand league teams which can help you win a decent amount with minimal investment.
Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen
Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (Doubt: Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha)
#1: Team dominated by the batsmen
As seen in the last game, Sri Lanka had a sudden collapse after building a solid stand in the middle overs. Batsmen contributed well but the lower order collapse dented them.
For South Africa, it was all about the top order which kept them in the run chase right from the word ‘Go’.
#2: Sri Lanka’s changes in the bowling department
The Sri Lankan bowling department could only manage two wickets in the last game and all their bowlers were taken to the cleaners courtesy Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock.
Here’s a team which emphasis on some new faces in the Sri Lankan bowling line-up.
#3: South Africa including Steyn and Phehlukwayo at the expense of D Pretorius and W Mulder
The all-round duo of Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius couldn’t make an impact in the last game which might make a case for Dale Steyn and Andile Phehlukwayo to get into the playing eleven.
#4: An unexpected eleven