Touted as the champion side of the test matches, South Africa will host Sri lank for 3 match test series that can prove to be a steep learning curve for the visitors. Last time when the two teams met in the year 2014, the South African won the test series in Sri Lanka edging out the home team 1-0. Islanders lost the first match by 153 runs with the visitors giving a stupendous performance after a long time.
Playing in South Africa would prove to be a different ball game for the Sri Lankans because of the relatively inexperienced side. Led by Angelo Mathews, the team would be yearning to prove everybody wrong however it is easier said than done. Sri Lanka would have to play brilliantly to deal with the likes of Steyn on the moving pitches. The fast bowler spearhead likes to bowl hard and fast in the test cricket and take wickets of the best batsmen of the opposition.
Sri Lankan young guns will be tested by the pitch and the bowling of the host team. Survival would be the key as they will be bombarded with the short pitch stuff on a regular basis. Dhammika Prasad, the opening bowler will be shouldering a huge responsibility as he will be exposed to the likes of Quinton De Cock early on. Maintaining tight line and length is important to block the free scoring spirit of the champion batsmen such as Hashim Amla. He can prove to be a decisive player for the proteas because the batsman has amazing capability to score huge runs in test cricket and bat out the opposition.
His Bradman like average in the test matches prove that Amla would be the vital lynchpin of the batting of South Africans. Sri Lankans have to get him out early if they are looking for a semblance of a chance.