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SL vs SA, 3rd T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, (SL vs SA, 3rd T20I) 

Date: September 14, 2021

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, the third T20I match between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be telecasted live on Sony Six, Six HD, Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD at 7 PM IST. You can also catch the match live on an online streaming platform by Sony Pictures Network, Sony Liv. 

SL vs SA, 3rd T20I – What to expect: 

South Africa have been too strong for Sri Lanka in the T20I series and have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0. The third and last match of the series will take place at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday, September 14. 

After beating the hosts by 28 runs in the series opener, South Africa hammered the Lankan Lions by nine wickets in the second game to take a winning 2-0 lead in the series. Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi picked three wickets each as SA bowled the hosts out on just 103. The visitors then knocked down the target with 35 balls to spare, courtesy of Quinton de Kock’s 58* off 48. Sri Lanka will look for a moral victory in the last game and to avoid the clean sweep. 

Pitch Report of SL vs SA, 3rd T20I 

R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is a venue where both bowlers and batters get enough help. The average first innings total in 40 T20I games played at the venue stands at 155. Out of those, on 15 occasions the team batting first has touched 170-run mark. The highest score registered by a team batting first here reads 214/6 by Sri Lanka, with the lowest total being 80 by Afghanistan. In the first two matches of this series, 1st innings scores read 163/5 and 103/10.

Sri Lanka, Expected XI and Team News 

Sri Lanka made a couple of changes in the last game. Kusal Perera was available for the T20 series after recovering from Covid-19 and was brought into the team in place of Avishka Fernando. Praveen Jayawickrama was also brought in ahead of Akila Dananjaya. With an abysmal batting performance in the second T20I and the series already lost, they might give chance to Kamindu Mendis. 

Probable XI – Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama 

South Africa, Expected XI and Team News 

South Africa have continued their good run in T20 cricket. The visitors made a change in the last game, with David Miller – who is carrying a niggle, sitting out for Rassie van der Dussen – who is fit again. Expect both of them to play in the third game. You could see Lungi Ngidi getting a chance ahead of Kagiso Rabada, who has been below par. 

Probable XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj (captain), Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi 

Head to head record of SL vs SA 

South Africa have historically dominated Sri Lanka in the T20 format. The two teams have played 15 matches, out of which South Africa won 10 times while Sri Lanka won 5. 

South Africa – 10

Sri Lanka – 5

3rd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the Sri Lanka vs South Africa match 

Here we take a look at the key players to watch out for in the third T20I:

Aiden Markram: Batter, South Africa 

Aiden Markram is on a roll. The promising South African batter has developed into a fine player across formats and has brought consistency in his game. Markram has been outstanding this year in the T20 format, scoring 408 runs in 11 innings at a superb average and strike rate of 41 and 150, respectively. He has registered four half centuries this year. The 26yr old also bowls handy off-spin and picked 3/21 in the second match including a maiden over. 

Quinton de Kock: Batter, South Africa 

Quinton de Kock has been a key player of the South African limited overs setup for almost a decade. The opening batter is one of the best T20 batters and cleanest strikers of pace bowling. The left handed batter has 6843 runs in 220 innings at an average of 34 while striking at 139, with four centuries and 42 fifties. He has scored 1699 runs in international T20s at similar average and strike rate. Quinton has scored 396 runs in nine innings this year at 49 average and 137 strike rate. De Kock scored unbeaten 58 off 48 in the second match. 

Wanindu Hasaranga: All-rounder, Sri Lanka 

Wanindu Hasaranga is without a doubt Sri Lanka’s biggest hope for winning the matches. He’s one the best leg-break bowlers in the world and possesses a good batting potential. He has been fantastic for Sri Lanka in international T20s, having picked 36 wickets in 22 games at an economy of 6.52, with best bowling of 4/9. Hasaranga has been in outstanding form this year, picking 20 wickets in 11 T20Is at a magnificent economy of 5.33. 

Kusal Perera: Batter, Sri Lanka 

Kusal Perera is one of the most promising batters in Sri Lankan cricket. Blessed with classical strokeplay, Kusal has a good game against pace and spin. The 31yr old batter has good numbers in T20 cricket, having scored over 2500 runs at an average of 24 and strike rate of 131. In international T20s, Perera has 1377 runs averaging 27 while striking at 133. Kusal scored 30 off 25 on his return in the second T20I. 

Tabraiz Shamsi: Bowler, South Africa 

The left arm wrist spinner has been on a sensational run in the last year or so. Tabraiz Shamsi has cemented his spot in the South Africa team with consistent performances in recent times. He has 187 wickets in 160 T20 matches at an economy of 7.18, including five four-wicket hauls. Shamsi has been unbelievable this year for SA, picking 28 scalps in 16 T20Is at an exceptional economy of 5.45. He’s coming fresh off 3 for 20 in the second T20I. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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