SRI LANKA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19
SL will hope to finish their shedding run in Centurion © Getty
The South African tour has opened Sri Lanka to all ranges of feelings they’ll discover on that invisible scale. The thrill of making historical past within the Assessments to the fact verify within the ODIs, and now, on the final leg, they’ve already performed out an exciting tie earlier than the Tremendous Over put them one-down within the collection.
However there isn’t a cause for them to really feel disheartened. Not solely had been they fielding an inexperienced facet but additionally had been with out a number of of their frontline gamers and but managed to maintain themselves even within the contest. And with South Africa resting 5 of their senior gamers, the problem ought to get simpler for the second match.
Sri Lanka nonetheless have some critical considerations to deal with; outdoors their T20 recreation. Main amongst them has been that Thisara Perera, the batsman, has not come to South Africa with the identical type that he displayed in New Zealand. Even with out successful video games for the facet, the southpaw displayed how a lot of a distinction he could make decrease down the order along with his massive hitting. South Africa have labored a manner round his weak point and he has two extra video games to deal with the short-comings.
The opposite massive match-winner within the facet – Lasith Malinga – might have bowled an outstanding spell on Tuesday, however the talks across the ODI captaincy being handed over to Dimuth Karunaratne is unlikely to depart him in a settled area.
Whereas South Africa will get an excellent time to check their bench, Sri Lanka could have extra urgent considerations in Centurion.
When: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, April 22, 2019
The place: SuperSport Park, Centurion
What to anticipate: The temperature is anticipated to hover from mid to late 20s, with spells of rain anticipated. The Centurion pitch has been good for batting, but when the circumstances proceed to stay dry, prefer it was within the ODIs, run-making needs to be troublesome.
South Africa: The hosts might be with out 5 of their key gamers – Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Quinton de Kock, all of whom might be travelling to India to affix their respective IPL sides, and Lungi Ngidi (out injured). This permits South Africa to play all their three all-rounders – Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo. JP Duminy will lead the facet whereas David Miller will proceed to maintain wickets.
Possible XI: Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy (c), David Miller (wk), Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sri Lanka: The spin technique labored for Sri Lanka within the first T20I and they’re prone to persist with the identical. However they could be tempted to present Suranga Lakmal some recreation time, and relaxation one of many pacers
Possible XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (c), Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay
What they stated
“I’m used to these tight conditions and circumstances, although I get outdated, I like these challenges… In a T20 recreation the end result shouldn’t be recognized until the final ball and that is why we struggle for each single ball.” – Lasith Malinga, after the Tremendous Over loss within the first T20I.
“We backed him (Miller with the gloves) and are working with him behind the scenes. He was nervous however he has our backing.” – Faf du Plessis on David Miller holding wickets.