About the Match
Leading 1-0 in the 2-match test series, South Africa has much to celebrate about and they now face Sri Lanka for the second match at Colombo from 24th July. Defeating the home side by 153 runs was a massive shot in the arm for the Proteas team and this rare win would have definitely boosted their confidence for the upcoming match too; on the other hand, Sri Lanka will fight hard to level the series and avenge their humiliating defeat in front of the home crowd.
Chasing 455 in the first innings, the Sri Lankan batting line-up collapsed as they looked feeble against the speedsters Steyn and Morkel; except Upul Tharanga and Mathews, who made 80+ runs each, and Thirimanne and Sangakkara’s efforts, the rest tumbled and they were all-out for 292 by the 105th over. The 2nd innings was no better as they collectively failed to achieve 307 runs, mustering only 216 runs by the 72nd over and getting all-out, though Sangakkara was in good nick with 76 off 145 deliveries. In the bowling department, Perera and Lakmal accounted for 7 wickets in the 1st innings, whereas it was the combination of Perera and Herath that helped the team restrict the visitors to 206 in the 2nd innings. Lakmal is in tremendous form with his precision and wicket taking abilities and along with Eranga and Mathews, this bowling unit shows a lot of promise. The batsmen need to deliver at crunch situations and keep a cool head above their shoulders if they want to successfully put up a fight against the South African pace attack.
If Tahir proved his abilities in the one-day series, Steyn is the go-to man in the bowling squad that they can surely rely on; taking 9 wickets and giving away only 99 runs with an economy of less than 3 runs per over, Dale Steyn is on fire and promises to repeat his performance yet again. With a good support by Morkel, who took 7 wickets in total in the first match, and the contribution by Tahir and Duminy, the South African bowling unit is a tough nut to crack especially with the psychological advantage that they have against the Lankans. Batting first, the Proteans kept the scoreboard ticking thanks to Elgar’s fine 103 off 187 balls, and a commendable century by the all-rounder Duminy, who continues to be a great asset to the team. Plessis and Quinton chipped in with the runs; and in the 2nd innings it was AB de Villiers’ 51 off 58 balls that got them to a good total. Amla struggled with the bat but he too can be a deadly force to reckon with if he can bring out all the weapons in his armoury; overall, the team is in a strong position compared to the home team and needs to put in the best in all departments of the game yet again.
Sri Lanka will be eager to save face and come out all guns blazing to level the series while the visitors, who achieved just their third test win on Lankan soil, will definitely try and go in for the kill and win the series. Though the contest will be well-fought by both sides and we feel that both South Africa and Sri Lanka have the required resources and will power to emerge victorious in the end. With batting of both the sides beginning to look good and determined, a draw is certainly on the cards.
Draw, 2.00 @ Bet365