Both teams will be playing for the first time in this series. South Africa are coming off a 3-0 loss against England in the T20Is, where Sri Lanka is arriving after a wonderful tour against West Indies in all three formats.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match Details:
The 1st match of two-Test match series will be played between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Super Sports Park Stadium, Centurion from 26th to 30th December 2020, Saturday to Wednesday.
The game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM IST.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match Preview:
South Africa had conceded a 3-0 loss to England on their home soil, in November. Poor performance was shown by the entire squad where Van der Dussen (136) and Faf du Plessis (123) were the leading run-getters for the team. Lungi Ngidi and Shamsi managed to grab 8 wickets from the series too.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka looked strong and solid in the series against West Indies. Avishka Fernando and Kushal Mendis were the top scorers for the Lankans, and Angelo Mathews and Wanindu Hasaranga bowled pretty well in the tournament.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Weather Report:
The temperature is expected to hover around 28°C, with 54% humidity and 6-15 Km/hr wind speed. There are 10% chances of precipitation during the match.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Pitch Report:
The Sports Park Cricket Stadium, Centurion is expected to be a neutral pitch for both the batters and bowlers. The recent test match held here has seen scores of 250+ by both teams in their first innings and an average of 23 wickets too.
Average 1st innings score:
Record of chasing teams:
Teams batting first have won 75% of the matches here.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Injury Update and Availability News:
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SA vs SL Probable XIs:
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (c) (wk), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Saral Erwee, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamala
Bench: Raynard van Tonder, Temba Bavuma, Wian Mulder, Kyle Verreyenne, Glenton Sturman, Migael Pretorius
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kushal Perera (wk), Kushal Mendis, Oshado Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando.
Bench: Santhus Gunthilake, Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Minod Bhanuka, Niroshan Dickwella, Ashitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Embuldeniya
SA vs SL 1st Test Top Picks to consider in your Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:
Quinton de Kock, who had proven his destructive form in short-format cricket, will a top pick in this match. With a strike rate of 79 in test cricket and the form he is in, he will be the perfect choice to lead the Proteas squad.
Faf Du Plessis was the 2nd leading run-scorer for the Proteas in the recent series, with an average of 40+, he can be a prior pick in this match.
Avishka Fernando, who came after a wonderful LPL season, will be the main batting strength for the Sri Lankans in this series.
Kushal Perera has a 13 test matches experience with 934 runs and will be a punt pick in this tournament.
Lungi Ngidi is a lethal bowler of the South African squad and will have a crucial role to play in this tournament, in the absence of senior pace bowlers.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Captain and Vice-Captain choices:
Captain – Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis
Vice-Captain – Kushal Perera, Rassie Van der Dussen
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SA vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Prediction And Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Keeper: Quinton de Kock (c) , Kushal Perera (vc)
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Rassi van der Dussen, Dimuth karunaratne
All-Rounders: Aiden Markram, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dananjaya De Silva
Bowlers: Anrich Norje, Lungi Ngidi, Lahiru Kumara
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SA vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Prediction And Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Keeper – Quinton De kock
Batsmen – Rassi van der Dussen (vc), Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, Kushal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne
All-Rounders – Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers – Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Expert Advice:
Recent matches on this ground had seen great support for the first innings batsmen in building up good scores. From the second day onwards, it started to form cracks and much help will be availed by the bowlers. So, try to include all top-order batsmen from each team and the lethal pacers from the chasing side.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match Prediction:
With the strong batting lineup and quality bowling unites, South Africa have an upper hand over Sri Lanka in this match.