After a blunder of performance put up by Proteas in the first test match in their tour of Sri Lanka, they would now want to change their fate in the second test match in Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
The Proteas have only themselves to blame for the outcome in the first test match. Despite wrapping up the hosts in just 287 runs in their first innings, the Proteas were bowled out for 126 runs. Except for the skipper Faf du Plessis who tried to held the batting with his knock of 49 runs off 88 balls everyone else came to the crease and went back to the pavilion without making a stand for themselves. The Sri Lankan bowling attack was spearheaded by Dilruwan Perera who claimed four wickets to his name in 23 overs he bowled and he was backed by Sri Lankan skipper Suranga Lakmal who also picked up three wickets in the 4.3 overs he bowled in that innings.
Sri Lanka’s second innings batting display also remained a hot cake for critics to go after as they were once again bowled out for 190 runs. With Dimuth Karunaratne contributing 60 runs off 80 balls gave Sri Lanka a lead of 351 runs. It was a hard target but not impossible for the Proteas since they have one of the best starting lineups in the world. However, they could only add to their humiliation as they were once again sent off for just 73 runs in their second winnings and the hosts won by 278 runs.
It is expected that the Proteas will come out stronger in this outing and would aim to draw the test series by winning the last test.
According to Bet365 the odds of Sri Lanka winning this game is 23/20 and the odds of South Africa winning this game is 7/4.
Sri Lanka – Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Kusal Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal (C), Dilruwan Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Roshen Silva, Angelo Matthews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva,Dimuth Karunratne, Danushka Gunathilaka
South Africa: Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn, Shaun von Berg, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar