About the Match
Sri Lanka would have been happy with the way they wrapped up the South African innings but their top order was once again blown away before the weather intervened. Will Day 3 be when Sri Lankan batsmen finally stand up and be counted?
Day 3 Preview
There was enough evidence on day 2 to show that batting is not going to be as easy on this pitch as Duminy and Amla made it seem to be. South Africa collapsed from 346 for three to 426 all out and Sri Lanka ended the day later at 80 for 4. 11 wickets on a day that was curtailed by the weather highlighted the brilliance of Amla and Duminy on Day 1 as well as the poor lines that Sri Lankan bowlers bowled.
Day 3 is not going to be any easier for Sri Lanka. Their two most experienced batsmen are at the crease and will try desperately to be able to see the first session out so that they can capitalize later. Angelo Mathews had scored 160 runs in total before the start of this innings and Dinesh Chandimal 73.
We don’t think the pair will add to many to their series tally this time around and will fall cheaply. IN fact, we think backing South Africa to roll Sri Lanka over and keep them under a total of 200.
The bowler that is likely to do the most damage is Kagiso Rabada. The South African pacer found some disconcerting bounce from the surface and kept an immaculate length all through his bowling spells. He has taken two of the four wickets to fall so far and would definitely be itching to add to that on day 3.
The South African bowling was brilliant in patches but not without its problems. Wayne Parnell, making his comeback, was wayward and unable to apply the same kind of pressure as the others. Duanne Oliver was good in his first match but it seemed like he was still a little tentative and not quite sure enough to go completely flat out.
Oliver also dropped a chance of his own bowling to deny himself a first Test wicket.
If the Sri Lankan batsmen are able to see of Philander and Rabada early tomorrow morning then they could find things considerably easier against South Africa’s other two frontline bowlers.
South Africa is likely to end up with a massive lead in the first innings and it would be interesting to see if du Plessis opts to put the Sri Lankans in again or gives his bowlers a respite before the second innings.
We think that the South African skipper likes to give his bowlers a break in between innings and would definitely bat again for a couple of sessions.
Sri Lanka finds itself firmly behind the 8 ball in this match and there is nowhere really to go. Their first innings hinges on their skipper with nothing much to follow. Their demise could be hasty on Day 3.