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|Rassie van der Dussen||64||44||4||3||145.45|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||10||13||0||0||76.92|
There hasn't been an emotion which Sri Lanka have not experienced in their ongoing tour of South Africa. They were ecstatic after thumping the Proteas 2-0 in the test series but were left disappointed in the five-match ODI series as they failed to win even a single match. We are down to the final leg of the tour which started with a thrilling encounter which took a super over to get to the conclusion. The second T20I is expected to be yet another close encounter which is to be played on 22nd March at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
With a win behind them in the T20I series, the Proteas will be looking to seal the series then and there when they meet the Islanders in the second match. South Africa introduced plenty of changes as compared to the lineup they fielded in the fifth match of the series.
South Africa's bench strength will be further tested with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, and Faf du Plessis rested for the next two matches. Although the South African lineup looks to be a little inexperienced post their exclusion, the likes of Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius, and Sinethemba Queshile have done reasonably well whenever they've been presented with an opportunity.
It was Andile Phehlukwaho who wreaked havoc on Sri Lankan batsmen and set up the win for the hosts with his wily bowling on a slowish Cape Town surface. He has done exceedingly well of late wherever he has played, for South Africa and in the Momentum One Day Cup. With South Africa's stalwarts absent, the role of JP Duminy, David Miller, Phehlukwayo, and van der Dussen will be increased and their performance is also likely to govern the fate of the match.
Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, RVD Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sinethemba Qeshile, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, DW Steyn, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Despite the heart-breaking loss, the Islanders would have drawn a lot of confidence from their performance in the last match. It was heartening to see them put a decent performance after a slump lasting for five long matches.
Just as is the case with South Africa, Sri Lanka too are likely to make a few changes to the team they played at Cape Town, albeit not as many as the hosts. With World Cup around the corner and their opening batsmen not in good form, Sadeera Samarawickrama is likely to get a run in place of Niroshan Dickwella or Avishka Fernando. Vandersay did well in the last match and will hold on to his place.
Defending a smallish total in the last match, Lasith Malinga and Kamindu Mendis did well in the opening T20 and were responsible for taking the match deep. They are likely to hold the key for Sri Lanka as far as bowling is concerned. With batting struggling right through the series, another likely change is Priyamal Perera coming into the fold.
Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis , Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, JDF Vandersay.
With predictions of rain and DLS method likely to come into consideration, both the captains are expected to field first after winning the toss.
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There is a strong possibility of scattered thunderstorms on Friday which is likely to have an impact on the decision at the toss. The temperatures throughout the game will hover in the range of 20 to 25 degrees. While the overcast conditions coupled with the effect of lights could make facing seamers a tad difficult, the surface in itself is likely to be on the drier side. Should there be no rain, the spinners will have a big role to play. The team batting first should target a total of more than 165.
With so much uncertainty looming over the final playing eleven of both the sides, picking the correct team is tricky. Although we may happen to make a couple of changes once the toss is done, we've picked a team in which almost all players are almost certain starters unless of course if a change is made due to final minute changes.
David Miller has been a standout performer for the Proteas in T20Is in recent times especially since his fifty against Pakistan in the last series.
Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas in the last match and Chris Morris, due to his all-around abilities, is the perfect pick for the all-rounders' position. We are a little biased towards picking South African bowlers which is largely due to the poor performing Sri Lankan batting order.
While Sri Lanka are still going through the same set of problems, they are likely to stand a better chance in the upcoming game with many of Protean stars rested. South Africa have rested five of their key players who all were responsible in South Africa's sensational run in the ODIs in one way or the other. Sri Lanka did well in the last match and the inexperience of South African batsmen was apparent. Even though the Proteas aren't going to gain experience overnight, they are still the favorites to win the upcoming encounter.
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