Dinesh Chandimal will be hoping that Sri Lanka can kick start their season on a good note. Sri Lanka is still a team on a learning curve with young players included in the setup for the five-day format. Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews and Rangana Herath are three experienced players for Sri Lanka in Test Cricket.
South Africa will have fond memories of winning a series against Sri Lanka in 2014. Nothing much has changed since then as Captain Faf Du Plessis will be keen that his side continue their good form in the Test arena.
Here are some of the interesting statistics for Sri Lanka vs South Africa Test series.
12 years ago Sri Lanka last won a Test match against South Africa in Sri Lanka. Mahela Jayewardene’s heroics helped Sri Lanka complete a 2-0 whitewash over South Africa in two-match series in 2006.
2 wickets needed by South Africa premier bowler Dale Steyn to become the highest wicket taker for South Africa in Test Cricket. Shaun Pollock currently holds the record with 421 wickets to his name.
7 wickets needed by Kagiso Rabada to complete 150 wickets in Test Cricket. Rabada has picked up 143 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 21.59.
98 needed by Hashim Amla to complete 1,000 runs against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. He currently averages 60.13 from 16 games against Sri Lanka.
2006 was last time Sri Lanka won a test series against South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal and co. will have to play their best cricket to beat South Africa.
25 Tests have been played between Sri Lanka and South Africa. South Africa have won 14 games and Sri Lanka have won 6 games. The six games have ended in a draw.
3 games have been played between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Galle International Stadium. Both teams have won a game apiece with one ending in a draw. Last time, South Africa came out on top courtesy of splendid performance from Dale Steyn.
3 series wins in a row for South Africa against Sri Lanka in longest format of the game. South Africa have not lost a series to Sri Lanka since 2016.
It is interesting battle as Sri Lanka vs South Africa is set to begin with a two-match series.