Sri Lanka will look to put up a better performance in the limited-overs series, beginning with the T20Is    AFP
Sri Lanka will look to put up a better performance in the limited-overs series, beginning with the T20Is AFP

Sri Lanka have announced the T20 International (T20I) squad for the upcoming series against South Africa, dropping Dushmantha Chameera and roping in uncapped all-rounder Thikshila de Silva. De Silva is known for his hard hitting exploits. In his 15 T20 games so far he has hit 15 sixes and as many fours, scoring a total of 218 runs at a strike rate of 144. He also bowls right-arm medium pacers and has 6 T20 wickets at an economy rate of 8.38. Fast bowlers Isuru Udana and Nuwan Kulasekara have been called up, but Thisara Perera, who is currently playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, fails to make the cut.

Sri Lanka have also picked chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan, who has played Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODI), but has never played in the shortest format. Jeffrey Vandersay, who performed well in the World T20 2016 has also not been picked. Sri Lanka have gone in for Seekkuge Prasanna, who is an explosive batsman alongside being a leg-spinner, according to espncricinfo.com. Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in the third and final Test at Johannesburg on Thursday. They have already lost the Test series, having lost the first Test by 206 runs and the second by 282 runs.

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The three-match T20I series between these two sides will begin from January 20, which will be followed by a three-match ODI series, scheduled to commence from January 28. Skipper Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal, who returned to the national side ahead of the South African tour, will hope that Sri Lanka taste success in the limited-overs, after going down meekly in the Test series.

Sri Lanka squad for 3-match T20I series against South Africa: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sandakan, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Kulasekara