South Africa will certainly be keen to put in a better performance in the sub-continent conditions when they tour Sri Lanka to play two Tests, five ODIs, and One-off T20. Sri Lanka will be keen to start their season on a good note. Faf Du Plessis will be keen to do well in conditions that will certainly test them to the limits.
Sri Lanka will need to produce better performances in order to move up the rankings in the longer format of the game. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side for this series. The experienced middle-order batsman will need to do perform with the bat to help Sri Lanka dominate proceedings against South Africa.
Angelo Matthews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis are players that will need to do the bulk of the scoring for Sri Lanka. Karunaratne has done well for Sri Lanka at the top of the innings. Kusal Perera will need to pass a fitness test in order to be considered for selection for the first game of the series.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva have done well as relatively new players for Sri Lanka. Lahiru Kumara is express pace bowler that will be keen to make an impact for Sri Lanka against South Africa.
Rangana Herath is the premier bowler for Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, and Akila Dhananjaya are good spinners that can certainly cause plenty of problems for the opposition batsmen.
The visitors will be keen to continue their form in the longer format of the game. South Africa notched up memorable series victories over India and Australia. Faf Du Plessis stated that they need to ensure consistency in terms of their performances in overseas conditions.
Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, and Temba Bavuma are all good players that have done well in such conditions. Opener Aiden Markram is turning out to be a special player for South Africa after producing a lot of runs against Australia in the four-match series played at home.
Dale Steyn makes his return to the Test squad after bowling a lot of overs in the English County Championship. Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, and Keshav Maharaj will be the preferred bowling options for the side for the series.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2018 Schedule
1st Test – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Thursday, Jul 12, 2018, at 04:30 GMT
2nd Test- Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Friday, Jun 20, 2018, at 04:30 GMT
1st ODI – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 04:15 GMT
2nd ODI – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018, at 09:00 GMT
3rd ODI – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Sunday, Aug 5, 2018, at 04:15 GMT
4th ODI – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018, at 09:00 GMT
5th ODI – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Sunday, Aug 12, 2018, at 09:00 GMT
One-off T20 – Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, at 13:30 GMT