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.
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.