Hosts South Africa were at their clinical best in the first Test, where Faf du Plessis and the bowlers paved the way for a comprehensive win. With the arrival of Kagiso Rabada, the Proteas will fancy their chances of another win to get a few more points in the ICC Test Championship.
However, that may not be an easy task against Sri Lanka, who were inhibited by injuries in the first Test. With the likes of Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal looking in decent touch, the visitors will feel optimistic of their chances in this Test. Their woes lie in the bowling department though; with Lahiru Kumara already being ruled out, Sri Lanka could have their task cut out.
South Africa will fancy a clean sweep in the Test series, but Sri Lanka have an uncanny knack of triumphing against all odds. With both nations teams likely to go for a win, we should be in for a cracking game of Test cricket at the Wanderers.
Squads to choose from:
Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Raynard van Tonder, Sarel Erwee, Wiaan Mulder, Migael Pretorius, Dwaine Pretorius, Kyle Verreynne, Keshab Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Glenton Stuurman and Lutho Sipamla.
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Minod Bhanuka, Santhush Gunathilaka, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmanta Chameera, Asitha Fernando and Dilshan Madushanka.
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (C&WK), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Embuldeniya and Suranga Lakmal/Dilshan Madushanka.
Match: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test
Date: 3rd January 2021, at 1:30 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers, Johannesburg.
The last Test at the Wanderers saw the bowlers rule the roost, as extra bounce was available off the surface.
It shouldn't be too different in this Test too, and batsmen could be in for a tough time. There isn't much turn likely to be on offer for the spinners, so both sides could look to field pace-heavy attacks and bat first after winning the toss, as the pitch tends to deteriorate as the match progresses.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Second Test Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Kusal Perera, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Vishwa Fernando.
Captain: Aiden Markram. Vice-Captain: Lungi Ngidi.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Kusal Perera, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
Captain: Aiden Markram. Vice-Captain: Anrich Nortje.Published 02 Jan 2021, 23:49 IST