Sri Lanka Squad for South Africa Tests- First Test – My XI

Sri Lanka Squad for South Africa Tests – Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Santhush Gunathilaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka

1.Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain)

2.Oshada Fernando

3.Santhush Gunathilaka (Debut)

4.Kusal Mendis

5.Kusal Janith Perera

6.Niroshan Dickwella(Wicket-Keeper)

7.Dasun Shanaka

8.Lasith Embuldeniya

9.Suranga Lakmal

10.Vishwa Fernando

11.Asitha Fernando(Debut)

Injured Players- Dhananjaya De Silva,Kasun Rajitha,Lahiru Kumara, Dinesh Chandimal(Maybe)

Grant Flower | Sri Lanka batting coach: We had a great first day, guys showed the fight and application on a tough pitch. South Africa batted better. Hats off to Faf. We should have bowled and fielded better yesterday. We are effectively five down now, maybe a potential groin injury for Chandimal too. So I am not sure. De Silva, Rajitha, Kumara.. not sure about Chandimal, have to see overnight. I don’t think our preparation was ideal. We had the LPL before. You are not getting the right conditioning. I understand why they held it. Because of Covid and financially we needed it but definitely not the best preparation for Test cricket. I cant see any other reason. We had no warm-up match unfortunately. Juts 4-5 day preparation. Before that T20 cricket. You are playing against fittest blokes in South Africa. It’s not overly surprising (the injuries because of lack of preparation), but I haven’t seen so many injuries on the same day. You got to go out there and fight and take it to the second Test. To get any anything tomorrow, got to bat till Tea. If KJ (Perera) gets flying you never know. Hopefully the guys get a good night’s sleep and will come out with a positive attitude. It’s a natural approach. He went a bit too hard in the first innings, but he’s better than that. He played better today. He played controlled cricket shots. You need luck on this sort of a pitch. To be honest they didn’t bowl well to us first innings. and we were poor too, but they have started well with the ball today so it’s going to be tough.

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