About the Match
The second day of the Cape Town test ended with South Africa in a supreme position. Sri Lanka failed to counter the conditions on offer and it seems they have not learned much from their horror tour of England last year.
Will Day 3 be the last day of this test?
Day 3 Preview
South Africa could have easily taken the follow-on and probably not needed to bat again but du Plessis was keen to give his bowlers a well-deserved rest. Even though the Sri Lankan innings only lasted 43 overs, the stress of playing back to back matches especially after a long second innings bowling stint in the first test was clearly taken into account while not taking the follow-on.
South Africa had added another 35 runs to their lead and take it up to 317 by close of day 2.
With so much time left in the game, the South African batsmen have the perfect opportunity to swell up their batting averages. The pitch at Newlands will still provide assistance to the fast bowlers but the Sri Lankan pacemen are nowhere near the caliber of the South Africans.
Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar have both scored centuries in this series and both of them should look to cement their position at the top of the order. An opening partnership of 70 plus is a safe bet around which time we think a wicket is likely to fall.
This inning is another brilliant opportunity for Hashim Amla to score some runs as well, who has now gone nine innings without scoring a fifty. Amla and Duminy will both know that the return of de Villiers could mean one of them missing out and even though Amla has been one of the premier batsmen in the world, his current slump must end soon for the good of his career.
Lahiru Kumara took six wickets in the first innings and was very impressive for the Sri Lankans. His ability to seam the ball at good pace will be crucial to the Sri Lankan task of taking wickets although we feel that Mathews is just as likely to sit back and wait for the declaration.
Rangana Herath will be tasked with holding up one end and to try and dry up the runs but it will be interesting to see of he can actually do so on this pitch. We think, though, that Herath is the bowlers likely to end up with most wickets in the second innings because he will bowl the most overs and the South African batsmen will look to attack him as well.
Expect the Proteas to bat until at least the lasts session of the day after which they may leave Sri Lanka a target of close to 550 runs. There is very little to suggest that Sri Lanka will be able to come anywhere close or even be able to take this match into the fifth day.
This match is as good as over and it is just a matter of saving face for Sri Lanka