Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1

Sri Lanka still expect to win, though.

The Lankans' other bowlers were left-armer Rangana Herath‚ off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan. It's hard to imagine South Africa's batting line-up doing worse, but stranger things have happened.

But on Friday, Maharaj ensured that he did not add to South Africa's catalogue of pain, in Sri Lanka. He knew that ripping spin off the track was good and all, but that it was the straighter ones in between that would make his bowling go nuclear.

On the flipside, Africans are 0-1 down and will be under a lot of pressure as a defeat in this match would mean a series whitewash. Four years on, Sri Lanka are 1-0 up at the SSC and will want to turn the screws.

The Faf du Plessis-led South Africa have made two changes from the side that lost the Test in Galle by 278 runs under three days. In absence of Dinesh Chandimal, Mathews is the senior-most batsman in the line-up and will want to show that.

"That's something I had to pick up after the first innings".

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1

Du Plessis believed they were too defensive against the spinners in the first innings, then too aggressive in the second innings.

The left-arm orthodox spinner's eight-wicket haul on the first day of the Test was the best figures by a visiting spinner in Sri Lanka. Theunis de Bruyn or Heinrich Klaasen is likely to replace him. If it's a bowler, Lungi Ngidi could come into contention.

After electing to bat first, Sri Lanka's openers dominated the morning session. However, the second day is the most likely to be affected, with an 80% chance of showers. Amla took a single off the drop catch to bring up 9000 test runs, becoming the third South African to the landmark after Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith. Steyn took two wickets in Galle.

South Africa had gone out of their way to neutralise Herath on that tour, stating publicly that they had asked for pitches that would not crumble, which partly explain Herath's modest performances. If the series is drawn 1-1, Sri Lanka only gain two points and South Africa lose two. It is never easy winning away from home. They are the No. 2-ranked team. "Only during the game they are not there, but they are behind us", said Herath.

South Africa are hoping to celebrate Steyn, who needs one more wicket for 422 to lay sole claim as the team's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

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