South Africa beat Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I by 19 runs © Getty Images
South Africa beat Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I by 19 runs © Getty Images

Following a fair 19-run win in the opening tie, hosts South Africa get set to take on visitors Sri Lanka is the second of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. South Africa have been on a winning-spree  on this tour by Sri Lanka, as they have so far come up with a splendid performance in the just concluded Test series, and winning the opening T20I, suggesting that the Proteas are in  top form right now. However, the Lankans are not the side to back out so soon, and being the former World T20 champions, they well know how to turn things around. Therefore, in order to avoid that, South Africa would need a strong playing XI, once again; as we take a look at the possible XI the hosts could field on Sunday.

Top order: The top order is all set to begin with the openers in the form of JJ Smuts, who played an unimpressive role in the opening tie, but would most likely retain his spot for another chance in the side. He is to be followed by either of wicketkeeper-batsman Keino Kuhn or Reeza Hendricks. Kuhn was not impressive, as he managed to score just 10 runs. Although skipper Farhaan Behardien might think of giving him a second chance, but if he opts to drop him, Hendricks would be the perfect man to replace him. As for No. 3, Theunis de Bruyn would be retaining his spot. Although he contributed mere 19 runs in the previous tie, he just might retain his place and is expected to fire.

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Middle order: The middle order is certain to begin with David Miller, who played a steady knock of 40 in the previous tie. He will be followed by the skipper himself at No. 5, who remained unbeaten on 31 in the last game, and  will look to play another big knock in this tie. At No. 7, Mangaliso Mosehle, who was unfortunately run out for mere six in the last game, is most likely to retain his place in the side, and the second chance would see him playing a stellar knock. The order is likely to end with the experienced Wayne Parnell, who is a fine player for South Africa in this format, and can be a pinch hitter, as he can provide South Africa with the flow of runs in the crucial slog or death overs.

Bowling attack: The attack is likely to begin with either of Andile Phehlukwayo or Dane Paterson. With Phehlukwayo failing to get a single scalp in the previous tie, he could well be replaced by Paterson, as he possesses good fast-bowling skills. At No. 9, it  has to be Aaron Phangiso, who claimed a wicket in the last game, and will most likely retain his spot; while he will be followed by the experienced veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who needs no introduction, and claimed a couple of wickets in the previous game. The final spot in the side is most likely to go to Lungi Ngidi, who was the most successful South African bowler in the last game, claiming a couple of wickets for just 12 runs, and is expected to give a hard time to the Sri Lankans again, out in the middle.

Likely XI for SA: JJ Smuts, Keino Kuhn (wk)/Reeza Hendricks, Theunis de Bruyn, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien (c), Mangaliso Mosehle, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo/Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.