Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1 Video Highlights July 20, 2018

South Africa team performance in the previous test was not good, the home team Sri Lanka tried their best and won the first test by 278 runs which is the very big difference between the world’s second number and sixth number ranked teams. It’s absolute that the pitch was not good for bating because only one batsman survived who was FDM Karunaratne, he scored 158 not out in the Sri Lankan first innings and in the second innings again he was the most runs scorer but all other 20 players had not read the pitch easily. After FDM Karunaratne’s 158 runs the second most runs scorer was MD Gunathilaka who scored just 26 runs.

SL v SA highlights today – Second test day one from Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo (Sri Lanka) Friday 20th July 2018.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri Lanka team/playing XI
MD Gunathilaka, FDM Karunaratne, DM de Silva, BKG Mendis, AD Mathews, ARS Silva, N Dickwella †, MDK Perera, A Dananjaya, RAS Lakmal (c), HMRKB Herath.
South Africa team/playing XI
D Elgar, AK Markram, HM Amla, T Bavuma, F du Plessis (c), Q de Kock †, KA Maharaj, TB de Bruyn, K Rabada, DW Steyn, L Ngidi.

Form guide

Sri Lanka: WWDLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Africa: LWWWL

Match Timings: 04:30 GMT | 10:00 Local

Umpires – Nigel Llong, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Sir Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Lyndon Hannibal
Match number – Test no. 2313

The SSC surface is expected to take the substantial turn in the latter half of the Test, but it does also tend to be conducive to seam bowling on the first morning and generally has more runs in it than the Galle pitch. Some rain is forecast for every day of the match. However, the second day is the most likely to be affected, with an 80% chance of showers.

Having had success with a three-pronged spin-attack against Australia at the SSC in 2016, Sri Lanka will probably go with a similar strategy. The major decision South Africa have to make is whether or not to leave out Vernon Philander – who, despite his efforts with the bat, bowled only 11 of the 112.1 overs they delivered in the Galle Test – and finding a suitable replacement. If it’s an extra batsman they’re looking for, Theunis de Bruyn will slot in. If it’s a bowler, Lungi Ngidi could come into contention.

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