SA vs SL Halaplay Prediction | South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Match Preview | Team News and Fantasy Team
Sri Lanka find themselves on the cusp of history going into the second test match in South Africa. The Asian team won a thrilling first test match to boost their chances of an unexpected test series win. South Africa, on the other hand, will look to bounce straight back and find their groove.
Venue – St.George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
Date & Time – 21st February | 01:30 PM IST
A nail-biting 1-wicket win was enough to send whole of Sri Lanka into frenzy when Kusal Perera helped his team overcome South Africa in the first test match. The Sri Lankans were expected to be pushovers for South Africa on their home soil, however Perera’s heroics were rewarded with one of the most shocking upsets in recent times.
The visitors have never won a test series in South Africa in their entire history. However, their win the first match of the 2-match test series has brought them as close they have ever been to the coveted feat. Even a draw in the 2nd match would help them in achieving their target. Understandably, Sri Lankans would give their all to register a test series win for the history books.
The unexpected quality of Sri Lanka’s young bowling attack has left South Africa startled. Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya – all bowled brilliantly to tame the hosts in their home. If ‘The Lions’ are to win the second test, they will hope that these bowlers continue their fine form.
The Proteas have been forced to act urgently in order to save themselves the humiliation of a series loss against a perceived weaker opponent. Zubayr Hamza has been called for international duty to back-up the flat batting attack of the team. The top order for the home side, in particular, has been very disappointing in the series.
To make matters worse, South Africa have lost an experienced player like Vernon Philander to a hamstring injury and he won’t be available for the last match of the series. However, if South Africa manage to get back to their normal standards, they have every chance to level the series and spoil the dream of the visitors.
Expected South Africa 11:
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder/Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier.
Expected Sri Lanka 11:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando
Fantasy picks from South Africa –
Quinton de Kock | Dale Steyn | Faf du Plessis | Hashim Amla
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka –
Kusal Perera | Vishwa Fernando | Lasith Embuldeniya | Dimuth Karunaratne