South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match Prediction

  • Dec 26, 2020
  • 13:30:00, GMT +5:30
  • SuperSport Park - Centurion, South Africa
2020-12-26 13:30:00
South Africa SA South Africa
Sri Lanka SL Sri Lanka

Betting Tips

  • South Africa boast of a quality batting line up. Players like Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen are in some fine form
  • Most of the Sri Lanka batsmen are coming from Lanka Premier League thus transition from T-20 to Test will be challenging for them
  • Sri Lankan bowling looks weak and taking 20 South African wickets will be a challenge for them.
South Africa

Our Pick South Africa are favorites to win

Posted On 29th December 2020 07:22:04
Posted by Kavin

SA vs SL 1st Test Prediction & Betting Tips

There were lot of speculations about whether of not this Sri Lanka tour of South Africa will go ahead as planned after a number of Covid cases in the bio bubble but things look positive now as both teams are set to clash on a beautiful SuperSport Park on 26th December. The match is all set to get underway at  10:00 AM local time

South Africa is not the same team they used to be but against this toothless Sri Lanka team, they’ll be very confident of their chances. They’ll be led by a new skipper Quinton de Kock who’d love to start his captaincy stint with a series win. 

South Africa batting looks pretty settled with  Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen,and Sarel Erwee. All of them have been playing together for quite a while now and we can expect them perform well in the upcoming game. The loss of Kagiso Rabada who’s suffering from a groin injury is definitely a blow but Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman and Keshav Maharaj still forms a pretty decent attack.

For Sri Lanka, most of their players were playing in the Lanka Premier League so their transition from T-20 to Test matches won’t be that easy. Dimuth Karunaratne  Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal form a strong top order while Minod Bhanuka or Santhush Gunatilake will bat at five.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella will add depth to the visitor's batting line-up.Lasith Embuldaniya will be the main spinner while Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Dushmanta Chameera will be their first choice pacers.

If you look at the teams, both Sri Lanka and South Africa have quite a few experienced players but Sri Lanka’s bowling looks bleak and for them to take 20 wickets won’t be easy. 

SA vs SL Live Streaming

The series will be broadcasted live on  Supersport in South Africa while Star Sports have the rights to telecast it in India.

Live Streaming: The match will be streamed live Disney Hotstar app in India

SA vs SL Toss Prediction

Toss will be crucial here as it’s a good wicket to bat on and putting runs on the board will definitely help.

Weather Report

The weather looks very promising throughout the Test with temperature hovering around mid 20’s.

Pitch Report

The match will be played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. It’s generally a very good wicket to bat on and can be expected to play the same . The ball may do a little bit in the first hour but once you get through it, it’ll be a belter of a wicket.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test

South Africa vs Sri Lanka

South Africa Team News & Playing 11

SA Team News

South Africa’s campaign has been dented by injuries. First they lost Kagiso Ranada due to a groin injury and now  Beuran Hendricks and Keegan Petersen have withdrawn their name from the two test series.

SA Key Players

  • Quinton de Kock - The new skipper will be eager to start his captaincy stint on a positive note. He’s one of the mainstay of the South Africa batting and is in some decent form with the bat. We expect him to bat well in the first Test.
  • Faf du Plessis- He’s the most experienced South African batsmen and can be backed to come good in the series opener. Du Plessis has been playing a lot of white ball cricket and has been in terrific form. 
  • Anrich Nortje - Nortje will lead South Africa’s attack in the absence of Rabada. He’s a brilliant bowler and will test the Sri Lankan batting.

SA Team Form 

South Africa will be playing a test after a gap of 11 months. Their last series was against which they lost 3-1. Quite a few of their players haven’t played much cricket of late

South Africa Predicted Playing 11

Quinton de Kock(c&wk), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Sarel Rewee, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Glenton Stuurman, Lungi Ngidi

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Sri Lanka too was handed a low blow after their ace batsmen Angelo Matthews was ruled out of the series after suffering an injury. Oshada Fernando has also not fully recovered and won’t be available for the 1st Test.

SL Key Players

  • Dimuth Karunratne - Dimuth Karunaratne is one batsmen that can play long innings, exactly what Sri Lanka need. Most of their players have been playing T-20 cricket which makes Karunaratne vital for them.
  • Kusal Mendis - Another batsmen that you can back to come good. Mendis was in fine form in the Lanka Premier League and his team will be hoping that he can carry on his form in the Test format.
  • Suranga Lakmal - Suranga Lakmal is Sri Lanka’s best bowler and can be expected to cause some trouble to the South African batting.

SL Team Form

Sri Lanka too have not played much Test cricket of late. Their last series was against Zimbabwe which they won 1-0. Earlier, they lost the series to Australia

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Dimuth Karunaratne(c) Kusal Perera(wk), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Minod Bhanuka,Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldaniya, Dushmantha Chameera

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Team Form in Last Five Matches

SA : L L L W W

SL : W D L L W

SA vs SL Head to Head

South Africa have faired decently against Sri Lanka in Tests

SA vs SL Head to Head Stats in Tests

Matches Played SA Won SL Won Tie Draw
29 14 9 0 6

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds

A Strong batting line up gives the hosts an edge over the Visitors. Sri Lanka too have a decent batting line up but lack a quality bowler.

South Africa Bet365 Odds

  • SA to win: South Africa are 1.30 to win with Bet 365
  • SA top team batsman: Aiden Markram at 4.0, Dean Elgar at 4.0, Faf du Plessis at 4.33 and Quinton de Kock at 5.00 are their best batsmen. 
  • SA top team bowler: Anrich Nortje at 3.50 along with Lungi Ngidi is South Africa’s best bowlers. Other bowlers that can be backed are Keshav Maharaj, Glenton Stuurman and Dwaine Pretorious at 4.4, 5.0 and 5.0 respectively.

Sri Lanka Bet365 Odds

  • SL to win: Sri Lanka are 7.0 to win with Bet 365
  • SL top team batsman: Kusal Mendis at 4.0 can be backed as Sri Lanka’s best batsmen followed by Dimuth Karunaratne at 4.33, Dinesh Chandimal at 5.5 and Niroshan Dickwella at 6.00
  • SL top team bowler: Lahiru Kumara at 4.0 and Suranga Lakmal is Sri Lanka’s best bowlers along with Dilruwan Perera at 4.0, Vishwa Fernando at 4.5 and Kasun Rajitha at 4.50.

South Africa Betway Odds

  • SA to win:South Africa  are 1.33 to win with Betway
  • SA top team batsman: Aiden Markram at 4.50 is the best South African batsmen followed by Dean Elgar, Quinto de Kock and Faf du Plessis at 4.5,4.5 and 4.75 
  • SA top team bowler: Lungi Ngidi at 3.5 and Anrich Nortje ar 4.0 are their top bowlers. You can also place your bet on Keshav Maharaj at 4.5 and Glenton Stuurman at 4.75

Sri Lanka Betway Odds

  • SL to win: Sri Lanka  are 5.5 to win with Betway
  • SL top team batsman: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne at 4.25, 4.75, 5.0 and 5.50 are their top most batsmen
  • SL top team bowler: At 3.25, Suranga Lakmal is the top Sri Lanka bowler along with Kasun Rajitha ar 4.0, Lahiru Kumara at 4.0 and Asitha Fernando at 4.33

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Prediction

Both teams have a strong batting line up but Sri Lanka bowling doesn’t look threatning at all. We don’t think they’ll be able to take 20 South African wicket thus we’re going in with South Africa as the winner of this match. 

Final Verdict

South Africa to beat Sri Lanka at 1.30 on Bet365 and 1.33 at Betway

SA vs SL Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper

    Quinton de Kock and Kusal Perera are the two top choices for wicket keeper. Both are positive batsmen and brings in a lot of experience with them. They’ll be eager to start with a big knock.

  • Batsmen

    Faf du Plessis at 10, Dean Elgar at 9.5 and Kusal Mendis at 9.0 will constitute are batting line up. Faf du Plessis has been in sensational form over the last couple of months while Dean Elgar is a test specialists. Kusal Mendis is a brilliant batsmen and is a vital cog in this Sri Lanka batting

  • All rounder

    Aiden Markram is the only allrounder at 8.5. He’s a top class batsmen and can be backed to come good in the first Test

  • Bowlers

    Anrich Nortje at 9,0, Lungi Ngidi at 8.5, Lahiru Kumara and Suranga Lakmal at 8.5 will form a decent bowling attack. All of the above bowlers are pretty tall and extract some extra bounce from the wicket. They bowl quick as well and are expected to cause some trouble to the batsmen.

  • Captain/Vice Captain

    Faf du Plessis is out preferred skipper while Kusal Perera can be backed as the vice captain

SA vs SL Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Faf du Plessis(c), Deam Elgar, Kusal Mendis, Rassie van der Dussen 

  • All Rounder:Aiden Markram 

  • Wicket Keeper:Kusal Perera(vc), Quinton de Kock

  • Bowler:Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal  

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