South Africa vs Sri Lanka Test series 2020 -21 – 2nd Test

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Test series 2020-21

2nd Test:

Second and last meeting of the series of 2 Test matches between South Africa and Sri Lanka is going to be played at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on January 3rd 2021.

Sri Lanka Tour of South Africa History:

The teams competed in 30 meetings in the longest format of cricket, till date. Out of them, the host won 15 times and lost 9 times with 6 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa against Sri Lanka are WLLLL.

The teams played 8 consecutive matches without a draw in spam for 6 years from 2014 to 2020. Over all, the teams faced just one draw in the last 16 outings since the last 16 years.

On the soil of South Africa, the teams faced each other 16 times. The host won 12 times. The visitors won thrice, only. Just 1 game concluded as a draw, which was in December 2000. Since the last 20 years and 13 games, the teams haven’t seen a draw result in a test in South Africa.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa against Sri Lanka in South Africa are WLLWW.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka Test series 2020 -21 – 1st Test

Points and Rankings:

The series is the comparison, almost perfect, between the sixth rank team (South Africa) and fifth rank team (Sri Lanka) team. The host is just 1 point behind the visitors.

If the home team will lose the series with margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 5 points and may downgrade by 1 position. In case of winning the series with 2 winning margins, the team will earn 6 points and possibly improve one position in ranks.

If the team will lose the series with margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 4 points with no impact in the ranks. In case of winning the series with 1 winning margin, the team will earn 4 points and possibly improve one position in ranks.

Drawing the series will either gain nor lose either the points or in the rankings.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa are WLLLW.

If the visiting team will lose the series with margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 5 points with possibly one rank down in the rankings. In case of winning the series with 2 winning margins, the team will earn 5 points without impacting on the position.

If the team will lose the series with margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 4 points with possibly one rank down in the rankings. In case of winning the series with 1 winning margin, the team may earn 3 points with no impact in the ranks.

Drawing the series will either gain nor lose either the points or in the rankings.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka are LDWLD.

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast for Johannesburg shows the weather would be mixing from partly cloudy to thunderstorms during the match. The first and third day would be partly cloudy and mostly cloudy, respectively, and thunderstorms would be expected on the remaining three days, though on the second and fourth day, the thunderstorm would develop in the afternoon. The precipitation percentage would be between 10% and 25% on the first and third day, respectively. 45% of precipitation would be expected on the second and fourth day and 85% on the fifth day. So There would be less chance of rain on the first and third day, but high chances on the remaining three days. The temperature would be between 24-27 Celsius. The wind would be between 15 to 22 km/h.

The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Toss and Pitch:

Teams chose to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 35 times out of 41 games, and the selection favored the teams, as the teams won 20 times and lost 8 times only with 7 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to field first, are WWWWW.

Last time, the team chose to field first after winning the toss was in 2006. Since the last 14 years, the 13 test matches played at the venue, and the teams preferred to choose bat first after winning the toss.

On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, after winning the toss, won twice but never lost with 4 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to bat first, are WDWDD.

Overall, 22 times the teams won the toss, won the matches and lost just 8 times with 11 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while winning the toss, are WWWWW.

Particularly, for South Africa, the team won the toss 21 times in 41 games. The team won 13 times with just 4 defeats with 4 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa at the venue, while winning the toss, are WWWLW.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa at the venue, while losing the toss, are LLDWL.

The first batting team won the matches 20 times. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches the 10 times. 11 matches were concluded as draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while the team bat first, are WWWWW.

The lowest defended total was 204 in 1956, and the highest successful chase was 310 in 2011. 

The first inning lowest total was 119 in 2006 and the highest total was 652 in 2002, and the second inning lowest total was 49 in 2013 and the highest total was 628 runs in 1997. For the third inning, the lowest total was 83 (completed innings) in 2016 and the highest total was 620 in 1966. For the fourth inning, the lowest total was 72 (completed innings) in 1956 and the highest total was 450 in 2013.

The batting average of the first innings is 33.03 and 28.30 is for the second innings. For the third inning, 29.65 and 26.72 is for the fourth innings.

History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams faced each other just twice at the venue. The host won both the outings, convincingly (both victory by an inning and within 3 days). The visiting team is still searching for the first victory.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa against Sri Lanka at the venue are WW – – -.

Teams’ Test History at Venue:

The home side has an above average record at the venue, and won 17 games out of 41 encounters and lost 13 times with 11 draws. On the other hand, the visitors never won and lost twice.

Last 5 (completed) match results of South Africa at the venue are LWWLW.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka at the venue are LL – – -.

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

South Africa:

The home side would go unchanged XI.

South Africa Eleven: A. Markram, D. Elger, R. van der Russen, F. du Plessis, T. Bavuma, Q. de Kock, W. Mulder, A. Nortje, K. Maharaj, L. Sipamla, L. Ngidi.

Sri Lanka:

The visiting team would have so many changes in the team due to the injured players. The team may introduce a couple of players (M. Bhanuka and A. Fernando) in test cricket.

Sri Lanka Eleven: D. Karunaratne, L. Thirimanne, K. Parera, K. Mendis, M. Bhanuka, D. Shanaka, N. Dickwella, W. Hasaranag / L. Embuldeniya, D. Chameera, V. Fernando, A. Fernando 

*Notes: the result of the most recent match is at the left.

*Notes: D means Draw in “last five match results”.