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Cricket: Sri Lanka win toss and bat against South Africa

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal received the toss and determined to bat within the opening take a look at of the two-match collection against South Africa in Galle on Thursday.

Cricket – Sri Lanka v South Africa Ð First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka, July 12, 2018, South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis (R) talks to his teammate Hashim Amla. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

The hosts’ common captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded responsible to a disciplinary breach through the aspect’s second take a look at against West Indies final month and has opted to take a seat out of the collection.

The International Cricket Council is because of announce a verdict within the case quickly.

Lakmal was the one paceman within the Sri Lankan aspect who went with the spin trio of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan.

Experienced batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was again to open the batting for the hosts after the left-hander missed the West Indies tour attributable to damage.

Dale Steyn returned to the South African crew from damage, having final performed a take a look at in January.

The touring aspect included two spinners of their aspect in left-armers Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj.

Teams

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal (captain), Lakshan Sandakan

Cricket – Sri Lanka v South Africa Ð First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka, July 12, 2018. South African Vernon Philander appeals for an unsuccessful LBW wicket for Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne (not pictured). REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing by Greg Stutchbury

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