Can Sri Lanka overcome half strength South Africa?


Sri Lanka have a perfect opportunity to square the three match T-20 series against South Africa at Centurion today with the hosts at half strength. Cricket South Africa has released their IPL contracted players leaving J.P Duminy to lead the side and the tourists will be looking to end their tour on a positive note. After winning the Test series 2-0, Sri Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 in the ODIs that followed . With South Africa at half strength for the last two games of the tour, Lasith Malinga’s side will fancy their chances. Having failed to compete in the ODI series, Sri Lanka showed fight in the first T-20 International where the scores were tied sending the game to a Super Over. Malinga brought him self on for the Super Over and conceded 14 runs but Imran Tahir did a good job giving away just five runs as South Africa won a thrilling contest.The tourists will want their batsmen to step up after a disappointing show in the white ball campaign in South Africa. Young Sadeera Samarawickrama is expected to feature in today’s game. He is expected to play as a wicketkeeper batsman ahead of Niroshan Dickwella, who has struggled after a decent Test series with the bat.

Sri Lanka’s attack was spin heavy for the first T-20 International in Cape Town, but they are likely to make a few changes for today’s  game as Centurion offers little assistance for spin bowlers. Suranga Lakmal is expected to play today.Sri Lanka will be relieved that Imran Tahir, who had troubled them throughout the ODIs and the first T-20 will not be around for the last two games. South Africa are instead expected to play left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.In the first game David Miller kept wickets as Quinton De Kock played as a specialist batsman. Miller is expected to keep wickets for the remainder of the series as well with South Africa promoting him as stand-by wicketkeeper for De Kock during the World Cup.The Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the last game of the tour on Sunday. Sri Lanka will fly home after the game having been away for four months having toured New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

South Africa (From) J.P. Duminy (Captain), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn and Rassie van der Dussen.

Sri Lanka: (From) Lasith Malinga(Captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay and Lakshan Sandakan.

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