My Playing 11 for Sri Lanka vs South Africa first ODI and why?

The Sri Lankans are set to face the South Africans in an ODI battle on 3rd of March after a historical test series win against the hosts. Though the test team performed incredibly well, the squad for the ODI leg of the tour is fairly. And with the world cup arriving soon, we at the Cricketry Sri Lanka thought to share our opinions about what the playing 11 should be because it’s a lot of fun 😊.

  1. Niroshan Dickwella : He will be playing his 50th ODI if selected. That means he is having a bit of experience at his side. 
  2. Avishka Fernando : This 20 year old is a promising player and he should be given an opportunity to prove himself, specially with the world cup looming in the horizon. What’s more, he seemed to be able to turn his arm around as he has bowled 6 overs in the only practice match in South Africa. With the bat he has scored 72 runs with a strike rate of 156.5 with 3 sixes and 9 fours. The fact that he is a right hander gives another advantage for us as we will have a left-hand right-hand combination at the top.
  3. Upul Tharanga : Even with his technical flow (edging to the slips in swinging wickets), tharanga seem to be in sublime form recently. He has played more than 200 ODIs which makes him one of the most experienced ODI players in the world. And we need experience in our team full of youngsters
  4. Kusal Mendis : This is a tough call as he is struggling in the ODI. But his recent test form may get him a place in the playing 11, at least for the first 2 games.
  5. Kusal Janith Perera : This one is a no brainer. He single-handedly won one test match for us and is superb form with the bat. With 85 ODIs, he has the experience at his side too.
  6. Kamindu Mendis : This youngster can bowl with both hands. This can be handy in the wickets they are supposed to be playing. He has shown that he is a very good middle-order batsmen too with an average of 42 in his brief first class career.
  7. Thisara Perera : Thisara has come a long way with his batting. He has shown that he can now build an inning too, in addition to his pinch hitting. He can be a very good death bowler at his day.
  8. Akila Dhananjaya : The recently cleared front line spinner of the team. Handy with the bat, brilliant with the bowl.
  9. Isuru Udana : A left arm bowling allrounder who has a lot of experience bowling at the death. He can be the ideal death bowling partner to Lasith Malinga. He is also quite handy with the bat with 2 centuries and 12 half centuries in his first-class career.
  10. Vishwa Fernando : This left arm speedster can swing the bowl both ways in pace. He was without a doubt our best bowler in the Test series. He will be a welcome change in the ODI team too.
  11. Lasith Malinga : Our captain and arguably one of the best death bowlers ever.

Let us know what you think about our selection in the comments below. As always, we value our feedback and your comments encourage us to keep going.

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