After a nerve-wracking start to the three-match Twenty 20 International series between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands, the sides square off in the second game at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The shortest format rekindled Sri Lanka’s hopes and the response was excellent. They gave full-strength South Africa a scare and now when the hosts have rested most of their core members, the tourists do have a great chance to make the series even.
JP Duminy will take over the reigns from Faf for the remainder of the series. Apart from the skipper, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have been given a short break keeping in mind the workload ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pitch conditions: In the last International game played at the venue, the quick bowlers were the happier lot. It could well be another game where bowlers have an equal say.
Recent T20I Form (Recent First)
South Africa – W L W W W
Sri Lanka – W L L W L L
When – 22 March at 9:30 PM IST, Where – SuperSport Park, Centurion
SA vs SL Team News
Captain Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada have been rested for the 2nd and 3rd T20I.
Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi are likely to come in for South Africa.
Anrich Nortje remains a doubt, struggling with shoulder issues.
Sri Lanka can make a change at the top of the batting order, replacing Avishka Fernando with Sadeera Samarawickrama.
SL vs SA Playing 11
SL Playing 11: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Jeffrey Vandersay
Sri Lanka T20I squad: Lasith Malinga(c), Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal.
SA Playing 11: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn
South Africa T20I squad: JP Duminy (capt), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen
SL vs SA Dream11 Team
Wicket-keeper – You can choose from David Miller and Niroshan Dickwella for wicket-keeping duties.
Batsmen – Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks and Kusal Mendis are among the options.
All-rounders – Andile Phehlukwayo and Thisara Perera would be the two best options while you can also select Kamindu Mendis.
Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya and Isuru Udana are the best options among the Sri Lankan players while Lutho Sipamla and Tabraiz Shamsi can be chosen from South Africa.