Sri Lanka have struggled ever since being runner ups in the World Cup this year and they will be wanting a Christmas miracle to get them back on track because these conditions in South Africa wouldn’t please them. South Africa have full control of the series at the moment after they flogged Sri Lanka in the 1st Test. Sri Lanka will have to bat extremely well and be very patient if they are to have a chance in this match. If South Africa win this match, its series over for India.
Match Information :
December 26-30, Durban
Starting Time: 1000 Local Time
How the Teams Stand:
Sri Lanka have had a very tough time of late and after a positive start to the year in being the runner ups in the World Cup they are now struggling just to win a match. Credit to South Africa for playing extremely well in the 1st Test in which they won by an innings against this hurt Sri Lankan squad. When you look at the Sri Lankan batting order you would think it would do well but they are struggling to build partnerships with each other. On this pitch in Johannesburg South Africa will be licking their lips as they are arguably the best bowling quadrant in the world and against the confident hit Sri Lankan batsman it is time for them to add a few wickets to their names.
The top four for Sri Lanka could decide this test match and if they get at least 200 between themselves they should do fairly well in this match but anything less and their middle order will be under fire. De Lange could well debut in this match and Sri Lanka won’t know too much about him, he is a very fast bowler and he will love the Johannesburg conditions. He has 55 wickets from 15 first class matches and should bowl at first change and his unknown feature could give him an advantage to take a few wickets.
The green pitch and overcast conditions will make batting very hard but the pace bowlers will love what they see with lots of swing expected.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe is expected to have a call up into the XI with South Africa sweating over the fitness of Vernon Philander who is an unlikely starter.
South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Jacques Rudolph, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Ashwell Prince, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir
Prasad should come into replace Perera while Dilshan has also hinted at Chandimal making his test debut with means Kaushal Silva will be axed.
Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 8 Rangana Herath, 9 Dhammika Prasad, 10 Dilhara Fernando, 11 Chanaka Welegedara