SL vs SA: 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.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Playing 11
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)
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Squads
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.