South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019, 1st ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019, 1st ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

The ball generally travels quickly at the Wanderers because of the high-altitude.

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With their spirits and hopes sky high, Sri Lanka team embarks on the 50-overs journey after the recent Test triumph. They will lock horns against South Africa in a five-match ODI series that commences with the first game that will be played on Sunday at the iconic Wanderers in Johannesburg. As the World Cup 2019 isn’t far away, this series will be a critical one for both these teams.

They will need to announce their squads for the tournament soon and this is the last chance for them to have another look at their combinations. While Sri Lanka isn’t still clear about their first eleven, the Proteas would feel they have things under control. It’d be interesting to see whether Sri Lanka, who struggled in limited-overs cricket in recent times, are able to turn around their fortunes.

Match Details:

The first game of the 5-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be hosted by The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST). The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. (Live streaming in Sony Liv)

Last five ODI matches:

South Africa: W, L, W, W, L.

Sri Lanka: L, L, L, W, L.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The ball generally travels quickly at the Wanderers because of the high-altitude. The recent game between South Africa and Pakistan at this venue saw spinners getting some purchase off the track. A lot of runs could be on the cards and bowlers have to be on the money.

Average first innings score: 248 (Last 5 ODI matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 1


South Africa:

Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (C), David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.

Bench – Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje.

Sri Lanka:

Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (C), Isuru Udana, Vishwa Fernando.

Bench – Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Angelo Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Rassie van der Dussen in ODI cricket so far – 93, 80*, 18, 50*. He seems to be in red-hot form and will be an invaluable pick in your side.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera

Vice-Captain options – Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Niroshan Dickwella, Andile Phehlukwayo

Alternatives – Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada, Kusal Mendis

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Quinton de Kock (C)

Batsmen – Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen (VC)

All-Rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Andile Phehlukwayo

Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Quinton de Kock

Batsmen – Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen

All-Rounders – Thisara Perera (VC), Wiaan Mulder

Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn


Expert Advice:

Choices from Sri Lanka –

Best and must: Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

Safe: Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana

Probable Winners:

South Africa is predicted to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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