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Sri Lanka vs South Africa 5th ODI: FPJ’s dream XI for Sri Lanka and South Africa

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Sri Lanka ended their losing streak with a win against South Africa in the 4th ODI at Pallekele. The Lankans managed to put up a strong batting display and they need to do a similar performance from their batsmen when they face Proteas in the 5th and final ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium. This is the same ground where the Lankans have beaten Proteas seven times out of nine. However, they have lost five of their previous eight matches. Here we see the probable dream XI for the Islanders:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis.

On the other hand, the Proteas had an excellent start to the series, crushing the hosts in first three games, initially managed to win the series. However, they failed to extend their winning streak as they tasted defeat in the last game. With the bat, JP Duminy is very consistent, while Amla has a fifty under his belt and is performing brilliantly. With the ball, Lungi Ngidi has been the standout bowler in the series. Coming to the last game of the series, the Proteas will bank of these players to trouble Sri Lanka. Here are the probable dream XI for the South Africans:


South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Willem Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Junior Dala and Hashim Amla