USSA vs SL-ET Dream11 Team: Focus shifts back to the Groenkloof Oval as SL-ET sit on the verge of qualifying for the semi-final
Two matches between these two teams have been played till now in the CSA Emerging Triangular Series and for the University Sports South Africa side, the misdemeanour has not improved across any of them. Sitting right in the deaths of the league standings after crumbling in the three team tournament, the side today take on Sri Lanka Emerging Team for the third time.
Both the previous two fixtures had swung in Sri Lanka’s favour with a two and four wicket win respectively taking them right to the top of the league standings ahead of South Africa Emerging Players. Sitting pretty at the top, they’ll be looking to assure themselves of safe passage into the final of the tournament as we get ready to head into the final league stage matches.
Elsewhere for USSA, while they’ve managed to punch above their weight and show the willingness of a weight against Sri Lanka, they’ve lacked the much needed composure to win the vital junctures. It’s been a tournament to forget for the side and today’s match is one last opportunity for them this series to finally establish a win against SL-ET.
Unlike their high coring matches against SA-EP, Sri Lanka have found it tough to score against USSA, possibly the biggest takeaway for the otherwise floundering unit from this series. They’ve managed to keep the line and length wicket to wicket with their entire bowling unit stepping up in tandem to pulverise Sri Lanka’s batsmen to well within the 200 run mark.
Unfortunately for them though, it’s the batting unit which has failed to step up and pinch in with equal contributions. And it’s this aberration which is going to restrict them from a win today as well with Sri Lanka’s bowlers capitalising on the inclement nature of USS’s batting to send them packing cheaply.
Wicket-Keeper for USSA vs SL-ET Dream11
In a batting department which has been filled with travails, wicket-keeper Rubin Herman has emerged as the strongest strength for USSA across all their matches. He’s been a disciplined player, refusing to be brought down despite losing wickets at the other end and we expect him to resonate the same magnitude of performance today as well.
Batsmen for USSA vs SL-ET Dream11
We have no one from USSA coming in, such is the maligned nature of their batting unit at the moment and it’s a trio from SL-ET which is going to shape up our batting order for this encounter. Ashen Bandara and Shammu Ashan have been the most reliable and dependable batsmen from the side, taking the brunt on themselves to deliver crucial runs in every match and the duo comes in without any hesitation into our side.
With SL-ET set to play in the final in a few days, expect them to use this encounter as a practice encounter with several players who’ve not been accorded playing time getting an opportunity to come in. This sees us go for Pathum Nissanka as the third choice bat from the side after his solid show against SA-EP.
All-Rounders for USSA vs SL-ET Dream11
USSA finally find some representation in our outfit for this fixture with Delano Potgieter coming in for them. He’s without a doubt been their finest player in the tournament, a player who has reaffirmed his status as someone who is ready to take the next step with his stupendous showings with both the bat and ball.
From Sri Lanka we have Charith Asalanka and Lahiru Madushanka find a way into our Dream 11 side given the role they play in a successful framework for their side.
Bowling Order for USSA vs SL-ET Dream11
With this match set to be one where wickets will tumble in quick time given the way both these teams are vulnerable to cede wickets at well, we have picked up four bowling options, two from either side.
Luke Philander and Beyers Swanepoel have both nailed down a place in our side after they grabbed the initiative and took the onus of themselves to deliver an outright scintillating showing against SA-EP. If SL-ET are to be given a tough fight in this one, these two need to be at it again and once again besmirch their batting line-up cheaply.
A bigger certainty though is that USSA are bound to be bowled over without playing their quota of overs and this sees us go with Amila Aponso and Chamika Karunaratne.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Lahiru Madushanka is selected as our captain while the vice-captain’s fort will be taken over by Potgieter.
Probable Playing 11
Sri Lanka Emerging Team
Sandun Weerakkody, Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka, Charith Asalanka(c), Shammu Ashan, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Madushanka, Amila Aponsu, Ramesh Mendis, Sangeeth Cooray
University Sports South Africa XI
Gideon Peters, Sabir Mallie, Rubin Hermann, Hanno Kotze, Lesego Senokwane, Ismaeel Gafieldien, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Beyers Swanepoel, Neil Brand, Delano Potgieter, Ruan De Swardt, Katleho Leokaoke, Siya Semetu, Luke Philander
CSA Emerging Triangular Series
Match: Sri Lanka Emerging Team Vs University Sports South Africa
Date And Time: 9th June, Monday- 1:00pm IST
Venue: Groenkloof Oval, Pretoria