T20 World Cup 2021: Srilanka vs South Africa Probable XI

Topic: T20 World Cup 2021

Srilanka to face South Africa on the 25th Match of the T20 World Cup 2021 at 4 pm Bangladeshi Time today.

South Africa has had a lot more to deal with over the last week than their cricket opponents. If you haven't been paying attention, here's a brief summary.

South Africa's people picked various gestures to express their support for anti-racism ahead of the first match against Australia last Saturday, with some kneeling with a raised fist (incl. Rassie van der Dussen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi), some standing with a raised fist (incl. Dwayne Pretorius, Aiden Markram, David Miller), and others simply standing to attention (incl. Anrich Nortje, and Heinrich Klaasen). CSA had permitted its players to demonstrate their support for the worldwide movement in these three methods, but on the morning of the following match - against West Indies - they decided that everyone must kneel to prevent the impression of split.

Quinton de Kock, who seems to have been caught aback by the suddenness of the kneeling rule, decided not to play. Days later, however, he delivered an emotional press statement in which he apologised for any damage caused by his withdrawal, said that he was ready to kneel, and that he has always fought racism, even if he did not always agree with making such gestures.

The good news for South Africa is that they should be able to put the problem behind themselves now. Difficult discussions have been held. Temba Bavuma, who has always insisted that the door was always open for de Kock, may now choose South Africa's finest batter in his XI. They will hope that the events of the last several days, as well as their confrontation of their differences, will strengthen the team.

They'll also be able to relax a little more knowing that their next opponent is a team they've crushed over the last two years. In September, South Africa annihilated Sri Lanka in a three-match T20 series. In reality, they've won the past six T20Is against Sri Lanka, and for the most part, they've seemed to be the superior squad.

Sri Lanka's quicks struggled against Australia as well, but although the attack has been mainly effective in recent months, the batting has only sometimes connected, and this remains their biggest source of worry. Even if the top order gets off to a strong start, as it did on Thursday, they have a tendency to lose their way against high-quality spin in the middle overs.

Srilanka Probable XI:

1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Maheesh Theekshana/Akila Dananjaya, 11 Lahiru Kumara

South Africa Probable XI:

1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 Aiden Markam, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

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