South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in two tests starting 12th of July 2018 at the Galle International Stadium. The Proteas took part in a two-day warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board’s XI over the weekend.
The two test matches will be followed by a one-day international series.
The visitors, without AB De Villiers, will rely on Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, and captain Du Plessis in the batting department. However, they’ve included a world class bowling unit with Dale Steyn back for selection.
Shamsi’s variations will also make it difficult for Sri Lanka, especially at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka Board’s XI vs South Africa (Two-day warm-up match)
Sri Lanka under Angelo Mathews managed to square the only warm-up game but the visitors dominated both with the bat and the ball.
Batting first, half-centuries from Danushka Gunathilaka, Kaushal Silva, and Angelo Mathews took Sri Lanka Board’s XI to 287 in 78.2 overs. Angelo Mathews made 92 in 124 for the hosts.
Shamshi on top of his game, picked 5 for 45 in 13 overs for South Africa.
South Africa, despite losing Markram for a duck made 338 for 10 in 73 overs. Hashim Amla, Bavuma, and Faf Du Plessis scored half-centuries for the Proteas. Amla retired out after making 78 runs.
Wanindu Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. He picked 3 for 72 in 14 overs.
Sri Lanka Test Squad to face South Africa
Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath (subject to fitness), Suranga Lakmal (vice capt), Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha.
South Africa Test Squad to face Sri Lanka
Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Shaun von Berg.
The International Cricket Council is yet to announce their verdict on Dinesh Chandimal. He is likely to face a two-match ban for appealing against ball tampering during the 2nd Test against the West Indies last month.
The Herath Effect
Rangana Herath is expected to play alongside Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dhananjaya, particularly because the wicket will take turn at least after Day 3.
Shamsi and Maharaj will also try to exploit the conditions along with debutant Shaun von Berg.
The winning side will surely decide to bat first, therefore, the toss will be very crucial.
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