Sri Lanka’s Durban record offers hope for daunting South Africa tour

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The chances look like stacked towards Sri Lanka in a two-Check sequence towards South Africa, which begins at Kingsmead on Wednesday, however the vacationers can take coronary heart from their earlier document in Durban.

The away workforce head into the sequence following heavy defeats in New Zealand and Australia, and having unceremoniously dumped captain Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka have misplaced 11 of 13 Check matches in South Africa. The exceptions occurred at Kingsmead in the one two Exams Sri Lanka have performed on the floor.

In 2000/01 a rain-hit match was drawn — with South Africa in a powerful place — and in 2011-12 Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka to their solely win in South Africa.

The hosts have been overwhelmed in six of their eight Check matches at Kingsmead for the reason that begin of the 2008-09 season, towards a single win. Against this, at different residence venues they’ve gained 32 of their 44 Exams, with solely six defeats.

Pitches in Durban have tended to negate outright tempo, whereas providing assist to spin bowlers. Herath took 9 wickets within the 2011-12 match, whereas Muttiah Muralitharan had a ten-wicket haul within the drawn match 11 seasons earlier.

Even so, South Africa’s battery of fast-bowlers are prone to take a look at their largely inexperienced opponents with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, a formulation which has helped South Africa win their most up-to-date six Check matches at residence.

It’s unlikely, although, that South Africa will choose an all-seam assault, with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj set for a return on his residence floor — the place he bowled 24 of the 76 overs delivered on the primary day of a shedding Check towards Australia final season.

With spinners having performed a key position for Sri Lanka in Durban, it appears shocking that off-spinner Dilruwan Perera was not chosen for the present tour. Perera took 16 wickets at a median of 13 when Sri Lanka gained each residence Exams towards South Africa as just lately as final July.

Solely six of the 12 gamers who beat South Africa comprehensively at residence are in Sri Lanka’s 17-man squad, whereas solely eight have toured South Africa beforehand.

Among the choice modifications are as a result of accidents, with three main quick bowlers dominated out, whereas among the discards, equivalent to former skipper Chandimal, struggled throughout sequence in New Zealand and Australia in what has been a gruelling southern hemisphere summer season.

Sri Lanka will likely be led by opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 356 runs at a median of 118.66 within the residence sequence win towards South Africa. He made considered one of solely three half-centuries for Sri Lanka after they had been overwhelmed in all three Exams in South Africa in 2016-17.

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