SA vs SL Fantasy Prediction: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test – 26 December (Centurion). Both teams are in desperate need of a win in the International circuit.
Hosts South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st test match of the two matches series. Two teams who are struggling in the International Cricket will meet each other in this crucial Covid-19 period.
South African cricket has been in a lot of mess at the moment. They lost their last test series at home against England, and this series is going to be an important one. Quinton de Kock will captain for the first time here, whereas Faf du Plessis also returns to the side. Anrich Nortje & Lungi Ngidi are the leaders of the pace attack, whereas Maharaj is the experienced spinner of the side.
Sri Lanka white-washed South Africa in their last series and, this is going to be a confidence booster. Karunaratne will lead the Sri Lankan side, whereas he is the best batsman of the team as well. There are a lot of pacers in the side, whereas Dhananjaya de Silva is expected to lead the spin line-up of the side.
The average 4th innings score at this ground is just 161 runs. Both teams would want to bat 1st on this track.
Probable XI for both sides:-
South Africa – Aiden Markram, Deal Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Glenton Stuurman.
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando.
Two Match Test Series
Match: South Africa vs Sri Lanka first Test Match
Date and Time: 26 December, Saturday- 1:30 pm IST
Venue: Super Sport Park, Centurion
Where to Watch: Live on Star Sports Network
Top 4 Batting Order
- Aiden Markram, Deal Elgar, Faf du Plessis, and Rassie van der Dussen.
- Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, and Kusal Mendis.
Long Spell Bowlers
- Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi
- Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara
SA vs SL Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Quinton de Kock and Kusal Perera will be our wicket-keepers in this game. Kock has scored 2934 test runs at an average of 39.12, whereas Perera was the hero of the side in the last Proteas tour. Both keepers love to play an aggressive brand of cricket.
SA vs SL Fantasy Batsmen
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen will be our batsmen from South Africa. Faf has scored 3901 runs in 65 test matches, whereas Dussen has scored 274 in his short four test match career. The average of Faf is 39.81, whereas Dussen’s average is 34.25. Both of them are technically skilled players.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal will be our batsmen from Sri Lanka. Karunaratne is the captain of the side and has scored 4524 test runs, whereas his average has been 36.78. Chandimal, on the other hand, has an average of 40.81 in test matches. Both of them are technically solid players.
SA vs SL Fantasy All-Rounders
Aiden Markram will be our all-rounder from South Africa. Markram has scored 1424 test runs at an average of 38.49. He has proved his bowling abilities in first-class cricket for the Titans.
SA vs SL Fantasy Bowlers
From South Africa, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi will make into our team. Nortje has scalped 19 wickets in 6 matches, whereas Ngidi has scalped 15 in 5 matches. Both of them are relatively new in the red-ball format.
Lahiru Kumara and Suranga Lakmal will be our bowlers from Sri Lanka. Lakmal has scalped 151 wickets in 61 test matches, whereas Kumara has scalped 67 in 21 matches. Both of them will thrive on this pace friendly wicket.
Match Prediction: South Africa are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role
Faf du Plessis and Dimuth Karunaratne
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Quinton de Kock and Dinesh Chandimal
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