• Mulder, Phehlukwayo in as SA bowl first

    Sri Lanka have won the toss and sent the Proteas in to bowl first in the first ODI in Dambulla. 

    After a humiliating Test series that saw the Proteas slump to 278-run and 199-run defeats, the players will shift their attention to the all-important five-match ODI series.

    The road to the 2019 World Cup begins and the Proteas’ first test is to find a win on a ground they lost twice on in 2004.

    The Proteas still search for their best XI and combination with the players they have and sub-continent conditions put extra pressure on team selection.

    The Proteas opted for two all-rounders in the match, with Wiaan Mulder and Andile Phehlukwayo both getting a start.

    Surprisingly, the Proteas have left Keshav Maharaj out of the side and opted for one spinner on a dry pitch. They chose Tabraiz Shamsi and will utilise JP Duminy as a second spinner.

    Possible Proteas XI

    1 Hashim Amla
    2 Quinton de Kock
    3 Faf du Plessis (c)
    4 Aiden Markram
    5 JP Duminy
    6 David Miller
    7 Wiaan Mulder
    8 Andile Phehlukwayo
    9 Kagiso Rabada
    10 Tabraiz Shamsi
    11 Lungi Ngidi

    Possible Sri Lanka XI

    1 Niroshan Dickwella
    2 Upul Tharanga
    3 Kusal Mendis
    4 Kusal Perera
    5 Angelo Mathews (c)
    6 Thisara Perera
    7 Shehan Jayasuriya
    8 Akila Dananjay
    9 Suranga Lakmal
    10 Lakshan Sandakan
    11 Lahiru Kumara


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    Khalid Mohidin