SA vs SL Dream11 Team Prediction : 12 February 2019

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When and Where:

SL vs SA, First Test, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 2018-19
Kingsmead, Durban
13th-17th February 2019, 1:30 PM IST

Venue details:

Average 1st innings score: 301
Average 2nd innings score: 264

Last Test match here was played between Australia and South Africa in March 2018. Australia won by 118 runs. Keshav Maharaj had picked up nine wickets for SA.


Squads:

SL:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohamed Shiraz, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Embuldeniya

SA:
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Wiaan Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

Team News:

Sri Lanka:

Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dilruwan Perera, Roshen Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara are some of the names who will not be playing in this Test series.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne will be captaining the side. Lahiru Thirimanne will be his opening partner. Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are likely to occupy the middle order.

One of Milinda Siriwardana or Angelo Perera (recently scored two double-centuries in one match) can find a place. Dhananjaya De Silva is expected at be at sixth position.

Niroshan Dickwella will be the wicketkeeper with Lakshan Sandakan as lead spinner. Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha should complete the pace attack.

South Africa:
Faf du Plessis returns to the team after serving one Test ban. He is likely to replace Zubayr Hamza in the playing XI.

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram shall open the inning. Amla and Du Plessis shall solidify the middle order along with Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma.

Quinton de Kock will be the wicketkeeper.

The selection conundrum will be between choosing Keshav Maharaj and three seamers or choosing all-pace attack. Maharaj is likely to be preferred because of good record at this ground. Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier should start. One between Maharaj and Vernon Philander shall play.

Probable Playing XI:

SL:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana/Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando.

SA:
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Keshav Maharaj/Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier.

Key Players:

  • Sri Lanka: 
    • Dimuth Karunaratne
    • Lahiru Thirimanne
    • Kusal Mendis
    • Kusal Perera
    • Niroshan Dickwella
    • Suranga Lakmal
    • Vishwa Fernando
  • South Africa:
    • Dean Elgar
    • Aiden Markram
    • Hashim Amla
    • Faf du Plessis
    • Quinton de Kock
    • Kagiso Rabada
    • Dale Steyn
    • Duanne Olivier.


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