South Africa are ready to face Sri Lanka in the first Test of the two-match series in Durban, which will begin from Wednesday. The home side will enter the contest full of confidence as they thrashed Pakistan 3-0 in the three-match series in their last assignment in the five-day format. Therefore, the Proteas will be hoping to put a similar show against low-on-confidence Sri Lanka and register another series sweep to end their home season on a high. In the last five matches between both teams, its South Africa who hold an advantage as they won three, whereas Sri Lanka emerged victorious on two ocassions. Kingsmead in Durban will be used as the venue for the contest which will be hosting its 44th Test match. Highest team score of 658-9 was registered by South Africa while playing against West Indies in 2003, whereas lowest team score of 66 was registered by India.
In the batting department, the team will be relying on the likes of captain Faf du Plessis, veteran right-hander Hashim Amla and in-form Aiden Markram to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Duanne Olivier to provide timely breakthroughs. On the other hand, the visitors will come in the series hoping that change of venue will change their fortunes as well after receiving 2-0 thrashing in their last five-day assignment in Australia.
Sri Lanka have already suffered a blow as they