(Update)1st Test Sri Lanka vs South Africa- My XI for Sri Lanka

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My XI-

1.Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain)

2.Lahiru Thirimanne (Was the Top- Scorer in Australia)

3.Oshada Fernando (Debut)(He has thrived in this position in the domestic circuit and most of all has been consistent)(Aveg – 73.81 this season at this position with 1 double hundreds 5 hundreds and 4 fifties in 9 matches )

4.Kusal Mendis

5.Angelo Perera (Debut) (He has thrived in this position in the domestic circuit and most of all has been consistent)(Aveg – 88.20 this season at this position with 2 double hundreds and 2 hundreds and 2 fifties in 6 matches)

6.Milinda Siriwardana

7.Niroshan Dickwella (Vice Captain)(Wicket-Keeper)

8.Mohamed Shiraz (Debut)(Swings the ball both ways and is a tall guy so he will get extra bounce from the South African Wickets)

9.Suranga Lakmal

10.Vishwa Fernando (Performed Decent in Australia)   

11.Lasith Embuldeniya (Debut)(Turns the ball a lot according to the selectors and is a tall guy so he will get extra bounce from the South African Wickets)

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I expect there to be 5 changes with 4 debutants.

99% likely Changes-

Angelo Perera replacement for Dinesh Chandimal

Lasith Embuldeniya replacement for Dilruwan Perera

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75% likely Change-

Milinda Siriwardana replacing Dhananjaya De Silva

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60% likely Changes –

Mohamed Shiraz replacing Chamika Karunaratne

Oshada Fernando replacing Kusal Perea

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Bench-

12. Kaushal Silva (Experienced Batsman only in the squad as a back-up opener)

13. Kusal Janith Perera (Struggled with shot balls in Australia probably in the squad to get accustomed to the condition for the ODIs which will be flat pitches)

14. Dhananjaya De Silva (Struggled with shot balls in Australia probably in the squad to get accustomed to the condition for the ODIs which will be flat pitches)

15. Chamika Karunaratne

16. Kasun Rajitha (Replacement for Suranga Lakmal in the 2nd Test as the selector have already indicated Lakmal will only play One Test)(Tends to be inconsistent only swings it one way)

17. Lakshan Sandakan

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