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Hosts seek to bounce back after Perera heroics

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South Africa might be looking for to bounce again within the second Check in opposition to Sri Lanka, beginning at St George’s Park on Thursday, after Kusal Perera’a heroics handed them a chastening defeat within the first Check.

Perera turned a nationwide hero in Sri Lanka after scoring an unbeaten 153 in Durban to information his nation to a sensational first Check victory in South Africa.

Though it was Perera who stole the headlines within the staff’s dramatic one-wicket win, the remainder of the gamers rose to rookie captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s problem to “compete in each session”.

With Sri Lanka having a largely unheralded bowling assault, it appears South Africa critically under-estimated their opponents.

In consequence, South Africa are more likely to have a change of technique after going into the Durban match with a four-pronged tempo assault in addition to spinner Keshav Maharaj. It left them with solely six recognised batsmen.

Left-arm swing bowler Vishwa Fernando and debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took eight and 6 wickets respectively whereas South Africa’s batsmen struggled, except captain Faf Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock.

Du Plessis admitted in Durban that South Africa’s batting had been disappointing.

It appears sure that the hosts will embrace an additional batsman, both Theunis de Bruyn or Zubayr Hamza, whereas a extra standard mixture of three quick bowlers and a spinner appears possible.

Opening bowler Vernon Philander didn’t bowl in Sri Lanka’s second innings in Durban due to a hamstring pressure.

If he’s not match, it would simplify the choice of which seamer to omit, though there’s additionally a risk that all-rounder Wiaan Mulder could win a primary cap.

South Africa might additionally re-think their coverage of short-pitched bowling in opposition to Asian opponents. It didn’t work in Durban and the floor in Port Elizabeth additionally tends to lack the tempo and bounce of different South African venues.

Earlier than the Durban Check, Du Plessis was speaking about his staff’s long-term aim of closing the hole on quantity one-ranked India on this planet Check rankings.

If, as had been anticipated, South Africa had disposed of their sixth-ranked opponents by profitable each Assessments, South Africa would have closed the hole on India to 4 factors.

Now, the perfect they will do is share the sequence, ending a streak of seven successive dwelling sequence wins.

Even when they win in Port Elizabeth they may drop two factors additional behind India – and in the event that they lose or draw they may fall behind New Zealand, at the moment in third place.

South Africa have received 5 and drawn one in all their most up-to-date six Assessments at St George’s Park, together with a 206-run win over Sri Lanka in two seasons in the past.

Final season, after shedding the primary Check in Durban, South Africa turned the sequence in opposition to Australia round with a convincing six-wicket win in Port Elizabeth.

Kagiso Rabada, who had a poor first Check in opposition to Sri Lanka, might be returning to the bottom the place he took 11 wickets in opposition to Australia.


South Africa (from): Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier.

Sri Lanka (from): Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando.

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Ian Gould (ENG) TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS).

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