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South Africa vs. Sri Lanka 2020-21 || 1st Test || Match Prediction and Match Tips

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka 2020-21

1st Test – Sat, 26th December

SA vs. SL Match Prediction:

The first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka starts on 26th December, Saturday at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. After an expansively comic T20I series of Lanka Premier League, it’s time for Sri Lanka and South Africa to change coloured clothes for the old-styled classic whites.

This Test series has been affected massively by the covid-19 pandemic. The South African cricket side, in particular, have been immensely affected as the covid-19 bubble introduced by Cricket South Africa has seen great misfortunes. A domestic match in South Africa was aborted after five players contracted the covid-19. There were few of the Test players of the South Africa roster in that game, and they have gone into isolation.

On the contrary, Sri Lanka has been in quarantine and will be playing their first Test match in a long time after their two-Test match trip of England was deferred due to the pandemic. The match tips infer Sri Lankan side will be eyeing to overcome their exploits of 2019 in which they befitted the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa.

While the proteas may be preferred in many departments due to home advantage, the Sri Lankans should not be put off at all in this campaign as per today match predictions. Sri Lanka has won their last four matches against South Africa and is also ranked one above them. South Africa’s roster could see some trialling given the injury to Kagiso Rabada, some COVID anxieties and recent unfortunate form. On the contrary, Sri Lanka seems to delight in being played or being considered underdogs as claimed by betting tips. They will have positive reminiscences of playing South Africa and with Kagiso Rabada absent, and match tips reckon they could well find a surprise here.

Sri Lanka will win this game.

Team Preview:

Kagiso Rabada is the star player missing for the hosts. Still, while they retain some skilled in the batting unit with Elgar, Markram, Du Plessis, Bavuma and De Kock, the bowling squad could see one or two new players with Glenton Stuurman and Lutho Sipamla contenders to come into the side.

Lankans have named a sturdy team for this campaign with sufficient excellence throughout the batting and bowling squad. The massive majority of the side that beat the proteas back in February 2019.

With the pitches in South Africa likely to assist the pacers, the visitors still have ample class choices to choose between Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, and Lahiru Kumara Kasun Rajitha and Suranga Lakmal.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The SuperSport Park pitch in Centurion is decent for the batsmen, but it is acceptable for the pace bowlers. With an extra bounce and substantial swing on the cards, batters will need to find their touch on the field before playing their shots. Match tips infer the spinners can come into the business as the game advances, making for quite an exhilarating encounter. Given the bowler-friendly circumstances on the offer, today match prediction beckons; both teams will superlatively want to bowl in the first innings after winning the toss.

Key Players to watch:

Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy and Hashim Amla of the South African team will be critical players to check out for this game as per the match tips.

While betting tips suggest that captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews from the Sri Lankan team will be vital players in this game.