Sri Lanka is all set to tour South Africa at the end of the year to play three-match test series followed by five ODIs and three t20s. The first game will be held at St.George’s Oval in Port Elizabeth between Sri Lanka and South Africa on 26th December. Sri Lanka has enjoyed a good period of four months after inflicting a whitewash over Australia at home in three match series and also winning the tri-nation series in Zimbabwe featuring hosts Zimbabwe and West Indies. The series in Zimbabwe saw them miss the services of key players like Angelo Matthews and Dinesh Chandimal as Rangana Herath look over the captaincy for the test series against Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka has been in good touch as unit as players like Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva have performed well as batsmen for the side in test cricket. Dinesh Chandimal has really stepped up to the plate as main player after the retirements of batting greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. He has performed tremendously over last one year in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka and could be key to Sri Lanka’s chances of doing well against South Africa. Kusal Mendis is also turning to be fine young batsman for Sri Lanka and Kusal Perera has that explosive instinct to rattle any opposition on a given day. Angelo Matthews has been consistent for Sri Lanka for last few years. Rangana Herath continues to take heap of wickets for Sri Lanka as he was instrumental in side’s maiden win in Durban in South Africa. He will be looking to win one or two games for his side in the series against South Africa.
South Africa has been good this season after winning series against New Zealand at home and winning away in Australia. Though they had to suffer a setback in Dale Steyn was once again ruled out of injury against Australia after showing signs of discomfort while bowling in the opening test at Perth. The side had to contend with losing the services of players like AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn in this period. The batting unit has stepped up a gear or two in absence of de Villiers as Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma have shown consistent run scoring ability in the games played against New Zealand and Australia.
The bowling has been superb as Vernon Philander has found top notch form after missing most of the last season with injury. Kyle Abbott has put in commendable performances for the side especially in the game played at Hobart against Australia. Kagiso Rabada continues to impress and is turning to be a top draw for South Africa following impressive showing with the bat time and again. The spinners in Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi have been decent in the games played in Australia.
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa Schedule
1st Test – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 08:00 GMT
South Africa won by 206 runs
2nd Test – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 08:00 GMT
South Africa won by 282 runs
3rd Test – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 08:00 GMT
South Africa won by an innings and 118 runs
1st T20 –Srilanka vs South Africa
Friday, January 20, 2017 at 16:00 GMT
2nd T20 –Srilanka vs South Africa
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12:30 GMT
3rd T20 –Srilanka vs South Africa
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 16:00 GMT
1st ODI–Srilanka vs South Africa
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 08:00 GMT
2nd ODI –Srilanka vs South Africa
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:30 GMT
3rd ODI– Srilanka vs South Africa
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:30 GMT
4th ODI –Srilanka vs South Africa
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:30 GMT
5th ODI –Srilanka vs South Africa
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:30 GMT