South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Match Prediction. Sri Lanka stunned South Africa in the first test at Durban as they defied all odds and ended up winning by one wicket to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The hosts will look to avenge their defeat when the two teams meet in the second test which gets underway from February 21 at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 10 AM local time each day.
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SA vs SL, 2nd Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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South Africa Team News & Playing 11
South Africa’s batting was not really up to the mark in Durban and they would like their top order to score more runs at Port Elizabeth. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis were the standouts with the bat. While the former scored 80 and 55 in the respective innings, the latter scored 90 in the second innings. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla both have two test centuries at this ground and the Proteas will be expecting them to play the big innings. The hosts have lost Vernon Philander due to a hamstring injury and so they will be relying on Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Keshav Maharaj to take wickets. Rabada has a couple of five-fers in the three tests at this ground while Steyn took a match haul of six wickets in the first test. South Africa will be counting on these two pacers to provide the early breakthroughs.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
- Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
Kusal Perera was the shinning star for Sri Lanka in the first test. The batsman scored 51 runs in the first innings and followed that up with a majestic 153 not-out in the second to steer his side to a thrilling victory. The visitors will want him to produce another match-winning performance at Port Elizabeth. There will also be high expectations from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne who scored 50 runs in the match and Kusal Mendis who struck a half-century in Sri Lanka’s only test match at this ground. Suranga Lakmal has a five-wicket haul here and he could cause a few problems for the hosts with the swinging new ball. Vishwa Fernando was the most impressive of the Sri Lankan bowlers last time, claiming a four-fer in each innings, and the left-arm pacer will look to replicate that performance. Lasith Embuldeniya took a five-fer in the second innings and he is another bowler in this line-up who the Proteas will have to watch out for.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
- Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SA : L W W W L
SL : W L L L D
SA vs SL Head to Head
South Africa and Sri Lanka have now played 28 test matches against each other. The hosts have won 14 of those and the visitors 8 with the rest all having ended in stalemates.
Sri Lanka have now won the last three test matches they have played against South Africa.
The two countries have faced each other just once at the St George’s Park in the game’s longest format. The match was played in December 2016 with the hosts registering a massive 206-run victory.
Matches Played: 28; South Africa Won: 14; Sri Lanka Won: 8; Draw: 6
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds
South Africa begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win the second test and are being offered at odds of 1.20 on both Betway and Betfair. Sri Lanka, despite winning the first match, find themselves as the underdogs at 8.50 on Betway and 11 on Betfair. The odds for this game to end in a draw stand at 10 and 12 with the respective bookmakers.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Prediction
Sri Lanka would have been delighted with their win in Durban and they will be taking plenty of confidence from that win. However, they have not been consistent and it remains to be seen whether they can follow that up with another good performance. They were saved by a Kusal Perera masterclass last time but he cannot be expected to score big every time and the visitors will need good contributions from the rest of their specialist batsmen as well. South Africa will be disappointed with their loss in the first game but it is not something that will send shockwaves in their camp. They will look to regroup and rectify the mistakes they made in Durban. The hosts are unbeaten in their last six tests at this ground and we expect them to hit back hard at Sri Lanka and level the series.
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