Sri Lanka got it all wrong with the bat in the first ODI and they are up against the same attack later today at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. South Africa may have been outplayed in the two-match Test series. But they look a completely different side, particularly when the wicket has something to offer for the quicks. Rabada and Shamsi did most of the damage, grabbing 4 wickets each. For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Kumara got a few to misbehave but he will miss out after sustaining a finger injury ahead of the 2nd ODI.
Kumara out, Rajitha in?
“Lahiru Kumara will not be in contention since splitting the webbing between his little finger and ring finger on his left hand. We will take a decision on the replacement before the start of play,” said Angelo Mathews to the media.
He is likely to be replaced by Kasun Rajitha, who’s not as quick as him or any of the Proteas frontline quicks. Since it’s a day/night match, the conditions may change and the selectors might even consider playing a third spinner instead of Rajitha. In that case, Prabath Jayasuriya will finally get to make his debut.
Shehan Jayasuriya who failed to get off the mark in the 1st ODI could lose his place to Dhananjaya De Silva, who is also an allrounder.
Meanwhile, South Africa will feel a lot more confident and we can expect the same set of players in the 2nd ODI. Quinton De Kock, JP Duminy, and skipper Faf Du Plessis got starts and looked good, especially when they were up against the Sri Lankan spinners. They’ll look to do a bit more and Hashim Amla, on the other hand, will want to get a few more runs under his belt.
SL Predicted Playing XI:
Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan and Kasun Rajitha.
SA Predicted Playing XI:
Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf De Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Wiann Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Shabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi.
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