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SA v SL 2nd Test – Important News, Predicted XI & best fantasy team to choose

News: Vernon Philander is ruled out of this match while Kusal Mendis has an injury and is an uncertain starter.

Match Details

South Africa vs Sri Lanka
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
February 21, 2019
01:30PM IST

Predicted XI

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Theunis de Bruyn/Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Wiaan Mulder, Dale Steyn, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis/Angelo Perera, Dananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando

Here is the fantasy XI based on recent form, ground and opposition performance.

The points mentioned below are an average estimation based on the above factors and is not a reflection of the actual points he might earn. Use the points as an indicator to select the best XI.

Fantasy Team

Quinton de Kock, Points: 44-46, Grade: A

Faf du Plessis, Points: 66-68, Grade: A+

Dimuth Karunaratne, Points: 30-32, Grade: B

Kusal Perera Points: 37-39, Grade: A

Dananjaya de Silva Points: 27-29, Grade: B

Aiden Markram Points: 25-27 Grade: B

Vishwa Fernando, Points: 30-32, Grade: B

Dale Steyn Points: 40-42, Grade: A

Keshav Maharaj Points: 38-40, Grade: A+

Hashim Amla Points: 31-33, Grade: B

Kagiso Rabada, Points: 33-36, Grade: B

With Philander ruled out and Kusal Mendis uncertain, the options in dream team are scarce. Du Plessis, de Kock, Rabada and Maharaj are must picks for a sluggish surface in Port Elizabeth. Kusal Perera, the hero from Durban, is another must have and is a great pick to have given the form he is in.

In the bowling department, Rabada and Maharaj can be aided by Steyn and Vishwa Fernando, who was impressive at Durban. Dananjaya de Silva is a decent all-rounder to pick and possibly the only option (unless you want to risk Wiaan Mulder who may or may not play).

Captaincy Options

Best bet: du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada
Alternative: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram

Alternate XI

Those looking for an alternative XI can opt to pick the talented young Oshada Fernando in the batting line-up ahead of an out of form Hashim Amla. Fernando can be a decent pick given the resilience he showed. Suranga Lakmal is also a handy option to have ahead of Steyn.

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