South Africa decimated Pakistan in their previous test series and they will look to continue their dominance at home when they go up against Sri Lanka in this upcoming two-match test series. The opening test gets underway from February 13 at the Kingsmead in Durban. Live telecast is scheduled to start at 10 AM local time each day of the match.
SA vs SL, 1st Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, Ten Sports, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, SuperSport Live, Now TV
South Africa have a strong batting line-up with Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock being the key figures. Amla is one of the team's leading run-getters in test cricket and he has four half-centuries in the eleven tests he has played at the Kingsmead. de Kock topped the runs charts with 251 runs in the recent home series against Pakistan while du Plessis is another batsman who can play a big innings if not dismissed early on. South Africa's pace troika of Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Duanne Olivier are expected to cause plenty of problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Rabada and Olivier were the team's best bowlers in the test series against Pakistan with 17 and 24 wickets respectively. Steyn is the most experienced bowler in the side. The veteran took 12 wickets against Pakistan and has four five-wicket hauls at the Kingsmead.
South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
Sri Lanka will have to bat well on this tour, and for that, they will be counting on the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella. Karunaratne has scored the most runs in tests from the current Sri Lankan squad and it will be up to him to provide a strong start at the top of the order. Dickwella was the most impressive batsman in the recent test series against Australia with 140 runs in two matches and he will be expected to deliver with the bat once again. Sri Lanka's bowling will rely heavily on Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha. Lakmal has taken 132 wickets in 55 test matches and he took a five-wicket haul in the only test he played against Australia. While he certainly holds the key for Sri Lanka with the new ball, it will be crucial that Fernando and Rajitha provide good support to him.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SA : W W W L L
SL : L L L D L
SA vs SL Head to Head
South Africa and Sri Lanka have played 27 test matches against each other in the past. The hosts have won 14 of those and the visitors 7 with the rest all having ended in draws.
Sri Lanka defeated South Africa 2-0 when the latter visited Sri Lanka last year in July. The hosts won by 278 runs and 199 runs in the respective matches.
The two countries have played a couple of test matches against each other at the Kingsmead. While the first of those was a drawn game in December 2000, the second which was played in December 2011 was won by Sri Lanka by 208 runs.
Matches Played: 27; South Africa Won: 14; Sri Lanka Won: 7; Draw: 6
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds
South Africa are heavy favorites to win this first test at very short odds of 1.14 on Betway, 1.12 on Bet365 and 1.15 on Betfair. Sri Lanka are huge underdogs amongst the bookmakers and are being offered at a whopping 11, 15 and 20 by the respective bookmakers. The odds for this game to end in a draw are 9.50 on Betway and 10 on both Bet365 and Betfair.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Prediction
South Africa will be going into this series high on confidence after having whitewashed Pakistan in their previous test series while Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are coming off a very disappointing tour of Australia. The visitors are without Dinesh Chandimal whom they have dropped due to his poor run of form in addition to losing pace bowlers Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara to injuries. Sri Lanka's pace attack, therefore, has been depleted and there will be a lot more pressure on Suranga Lakmal to take wickets. The Lankans struggled against the Australian quicks and they are likely to be troubled by the South African pacemen in these conditions as well. So all is not going well for Sri Lankan cricket at the moment and we don't see them presenting much of a challenge to the Proteas.
Back South Africa to beat Sri Lanka in the first test at 1.14 with Betway, 1.12 with Bet365 and 1.15 with Betfair.