After dismal performance down-under, Sri Lanka will now move to South Africa in a quest to shrug off their poor run and have a fresh start on the tour where they are scheduled to play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
The hosts Proteas, on the other hand, are coming into this game after a scintillating show against Pakistan where they thrashed them by 3-0 in Tests, 3-2 in ODIs and 2-1 in T20Is.
The first of the two tests will be played at the Kingsmead Durban, a venue which has not favoured the hosts for some time in red ball cricket as they have lost six out of their 8 Test matches played here in the last 10 years.
The last time when these two sides locked horns in red ball cricket, it was carnage for South Africa as they were drubbed 2-0 by Sri Lanka at their home where the dry surface were heavily doctored to suit their spinners.
South Africa will look to avenge the humiliation they got last time around and for the same, they have a quality team to do so which looks definitely intriguing against a weakened Sri Lankan side.
When – February 15, 01:30 PM IST
Where – Kingsmead, Durban
South Africa Squad:
Sri Lanka Squad:
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Vernon Philander, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.
Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando. (Doubt: Dhananjaya De Silva, L Sandakan)
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