Galle – Sri
Lanka’s stand-in-captain Suranga Lakmal won the toss and elected to bat
against South Africa in the first Test in Galle on Thursday.
Lakmal is leading the hosts in the absence of regular skipper Dinesh
Chandimal, who is effectively suspended for the two-match series along
with coach Chandika Hathurusingha pending an inquiry over a breach of
the spirit of cricket.
Sri Lanka have fielded a four-man bowling attack that features three specialist spinners.
The Faf du Plessis-led South Africa have picked two spinners in their
XI, in addition to their three fast bowlers led by the experienced Dale
Suranga Lakmal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka
Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen
Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Lakshan
Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram,
Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Vernon Philander,
Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
Umpires: Rod Tucker and Paul Reiffel (both Australia)
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong (England)
Match Referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)