About the Match
South Africa started the third test of their series against Sri Lanka as they slammed 338 for the loss of three wickets on day 1. Sri Lanka was unable to make use of a helpful Wanderers surface when the conditions were supposed to be the most difficult for batting. Can they do something better on day 2?
Day 2 Preview
The day began with a surprise decision from the South African skipper as he chose to bat after winning the toss. There is no doubt that Sri Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews, would have done the same. By the end of Day 1 though Faf du Plessis would have been content that his batsmen proved him right.
Hashim Amla is batting on 125 and has the company of nightwatchman Duanne Oliver yet to get off the mark. With another four days still left in this test, South Africa will look to bat big and possibly only bat once.
With Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, and Quinton de Kock still in the hut, Sri Lanka is looking at a leather hunt for the entire day tomorrow. There is a chance the South Africa could declare a half an hour before close of play on Day 2 to give the Sri Lankan openers an uncomfortable few overs but that will depend on the speed of scoring.
We do not think Sri Lanka will be able to take ten wickets in this innings and the South African batsmen will have to play some daft shots to get out. Back South Africa to get a score of above 550.
Hashim Amla is playing in his 100th
test match and rose to the occasion to become the 8th
man to score a 100 in his 100th
test. Dhananjaya de Silva dropped Amla on 6, a chance that should be taken more often than not at the international level, and would be counting each run that the South African scores.
Amla has an excellent chance to make this a big one and we think backing him to score a double hundred might be a good option.
Temba Bavuma has looked good in this series but has not really got a big score to his name. Both he and du Plessis will be looking to get some time in the middle and we think that there is a good chance of one of them or even both going on to score a 50 plus individual score.
If South Africa do put in Sri Lanka before the close of play then all eye will be on debutant Duanne Oliver. The burly South African comes with a reputation of being pacy and apparently has the ability to extract some disconcerting bounce.
He will be keen to show what he can do on a pitch that is tailor made for him. The wicket may have seemed excellent for batting today but only once the South African bowlers have had their chance to bowl on it will we know its true nature.
Sri Lanka is staring into the abyss here already and this match has all the signs of a one-sided heavy defeat being inflicted on the visitors