Durban, 13 February at 1:30 PM IST
After South Africa’s dominant show against Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s dismal tour of Australia, this could well be a one-sided affair.
The odds are stacked again the touring side but the track record of Kingsmead offers them a glimmer of hope. Sri Lanka have a terrible record in South Africa, losing 11 of 13 Test matches in South Africa. It was at Kingsmead Durban that Sri Lankans have managed the sole one win and a draw.
South Africa look formidable and their current form is scarier for the tourists. However, they would be in dilemma over the inclusion of Keshav Maharaj against an all-seam attack that has worked for them in the recent two series.
Pitch conditions: Kingsmead is known to offer help to spin bowlers and negate spin.
Head-to-head (last five Tests)
South Africa – 3, Sri Lanka – 2
20-year-old all-rounder Wiaan Mulder received maiden test call-up for the two-match series.
Sri Lanka have dropped Dinesh Chandimal from his captain duties to play domestic cricket and regain form. Dimuth Karunaratne will lead Sri Lanka on the tour.
With pitch offering promise to the slow bowlers, South Africa may not pick an all-seam attack, with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj returning to the XI.
SL Playing 11
Wicket-keeper – Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen – Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera (Doubtful – Kaushal Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Oshada Fernando)
All-rounder – Dhananjaya De Silva (Doubtful – Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Embuldeniya)
Bowlers – Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando
SA Playing 11
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram (Doubtful – Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza)
All-rounder – Vernon Philander
Bowlers – Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn (Doubtful – Keshav Maharaj)
Sri Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella (vc), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohamed Shiraz, Lakshan Sandakan and Lasith Embuldeniya.
South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn
Sri Lanka fantasy picks: Sri Lanka lack confidence coming into the series. Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal will be the safest picks.
South Africa fantasy picks: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram scored 200+ runs for South Africa in the Test series against Pakistan in January and would be confident here. With the ball, Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada pose the most threat for the visitors.
1st Test: February 13-17 at Kingsmead, Durban
2nd Test: February 21-25 at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
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