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Sri Lanka announce squad for South Africa series; Chandimal, Perera return

The teams will cross swords in 3 ODIs and as many T20Is starting September 2.

Kusal Perera
Kusal Perera ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Sri Lanka have named the 30 member squad for their upcoming series against South Africa. The teams will cross swords in 3 ODIs and as many T20Is starting September 2. Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been drafted back into the side after being dropped for the series against England and India. Chandimal has represented Sri Lanka in 149 ODIs and 57 T20Is, scoring 3696 and 868 runs respectively.

The squad also features some new faces, with Dilshan Madushanka, Sahan Arachchige, Pulina Tharanga, and Mahesh Theekshana receiving their maiden Sri Lanka cap. Senior players like Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, and Suranga Lakmal remains out of favour. 

Meanwhile, Kusal Perera makes his return to the side after missing the India series due to a shoulder injury. The hosts will be high on confidence after an impressive T20I series win over India and it will be interesting to see if they can replicate their performance against Proteas as well.

The tour will kick off with the ODIs, starting September 2, followed by matches on September 4 and 7. The T20Is will be played on September 10, 12 and 14. R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will play host to the six white-ball matches of the tour.

Sri Lanka squad – Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Banuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sahan Aarchchige, Lahiru Madushanka (Subject to fitness), Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Mahesh Theekshana, Pulina Tharanga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Dananjaya Lakshan, Shiran Fernando.

South Africa ODI squad– Temba Bavuma (c), Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassies Van Der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, George Linde, Junior Dala, and Dwaine Pretorius.

South Africa T20I squad– Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassies Van Der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Sisanda Magala, Beuran Hendricks.

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