Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat first against visitors South Africa in the 1st of three One Day Internationals, at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Hosts Sri Lanka will field three spinners, with left-arm orthodox spinner Praveen Jayawickrama keeping his place after the three-for against India in June.
The Lankans, recently, beat India in a T20I series and will be high on confidence. Last month, Kusal Perera who tested positive for COVID-19 will miss out on the 1st ODI. T
he Proteas are led by Temba Bavuma, but will miss the services of Quinton de Kock, who will make his comeback in the subsequent T20I series.
The series is a part of the Super League for the World Cup and 30 important points are up for grabs in the series.
Both teams are looking to improve their log positions in the ODI Super League; South Africa are currently 10th while Sri Lanka are 11th.
Sri Lanka’s playing XI includes Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama.