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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Live Scores, Commentary, Updates


South Africa captain AB de Villiers hinted that the team would try to make room for Morne Morkel in the XI, but the transformation policy complicates that selection slightly. Elsewhere David Miller has sufficiently recovered from a niggle and is likely to be in the XI.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Morne Morkel, 9 Andile Phehlukwayo, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir

Mathew’s unavailability has not been confirmed yet. He is set to undergo a fitness to make a definitive ruling on whether he can play. It seems almost certain, however, that he will not be bowling even if he does make the XI. If Mathews can’t play, Kusal Perera may come in lower down the order, with Sri Lanka committed to sticking with Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella at the top of the innings. There is not much to choose between Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara for the position of second specialist quick, but there is also the chance they will both play, meaning Sri Lanka go into the match with one fewer batsman.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Chamara Kapugedara, 7 Kusal Perera, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Lasith Malinga