2017 ICC Champions Trophy: South Africa Vs Sri Lanka – South Africa’s Predicted XI
Just a couple of weeks ago, South Africa seemed destined to go the distance in the ICC Champions Trophy. Now, however, thanks to a 2-1 morale-shattering series defeat to hosts England in the lead up to the event, the Proteas don’t seem as dominant as they were initially.
Despite that loss, one has to take into account that they are the number one ranked team in the ICC Team Rankings and that has come on the back of some exceptional displays, lately.
Up against a team which they whitewashed not too long ago at home, South Africa have all the reasons to fancy their chances. To add to that, Sri Lanka is going into the game without the presence of their captain Angelo Mathews, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury.
This remains South Africa’s best chance of beginning their campaign with a thumping performance and they must be hoping for their ace batsmen to strike form.
Just a week ago, South Africa locked horns with hosts England in a three-match series which surely didn’t go their way. Losing the first game comprehensively, the Proteas had the second game well under their control. The chase, in excess of 300 should have been sealed with just seven needed off the last over.
However, some fine death bowling by Mark Wood meant that the Proteas choked and lost the series.
The side, however, made up for it with a thrashing of England at the Lord’s, as Kagiso Rabada demolished England’s batting order with his fiery bowling.
Ahead of their first game, coach Russell Domingo hinted that veteran pacer Morne Morkel might not play the first game. The Pacer is likely to be overlooked for the all round skills of Andile Phehlukwayo, who surprisingly didn’t feature in the final ODI against England. This means that the in-form Wayne Parnell will be relied upon along with Rabada to deliver the goods with the new ball early on.
2016 was a mighty fine year for Faf du Plessis, as he amassed centuries with ease and grace. He even began the series against England with a fine half-century and thereby a lot will depend upon his form for South Africa’s chances. Apart from him, the opening duo of Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock too are the key pillars of South Africa’s batting lineup.
South Africa Predicted XI:
- Quinton de Kock (wk) 2. Hashim Amla 3. Faf du Plessis 4. AB de Villiers (c) 5. JP Duminy 6. David Miller 7. Andile Phehlukwayo 8. Chris Morris 9. Wayne Parnell 10. Kagiso Rabada 11. Imran Tahir
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