With a relatively ‘inexperienced’ and ‘under reconstruction process’ squad, Sri Lanka is in mission in South Africa. There is no century or any five-for by any Sri Lankan player in Potchefstroom against the South Africa A team. The scenario is still the same after the warm-up match today against South Africa A in Potchefstroom. But the visitors won’t mind with that statistics because they have drawn the warm-up match today dominantly. Three of the key player for Sri Lanka got fifty each in the last day of 3-day practice match. Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, and Dinesh Candimal all looked fluent and got a booster for their performance in the Test series.
Sri Lanka went with 8 batsmen in this warm-up match. And the great news for them is, 7 out of their 8 batsmen got half-century before the start of the series. four of them got it in the first innings while 3 got in the second. Angelo Mathews is the only batsman to not score a fifty in this match and that won’t worry the Lankan camp too much. Because Mathews spent quite some time today in the 2nd innings and ensured a good practice indeed. The all-rounder scored a good looking 37 of 52 balls.
After Nuwan Pradeep got rid of last 2 batsmen from South Africa A, Kusal Perera, and Upul Tharanga opened the innings for Sri Lanka for the 2nd innings in the match. They were involved in a 91 runs partnership. After getting fifty both these openers called themselves off the ground to allow the rest of the batsman have some batting practice.
Dinesh Chandimal came in then and played in a one-day mode. He took only 60 balls to play a good looking 52 runs innings. After hitting 9 fours and a six, Chandimal was dismissed off a left arm spin by Bjorn Fortuin. Kusal Mendis who scored a fifty in the first innings could not do much after replacing Chandimal.
After coming from whitewashing Australia in their home, Sri Lanka unlikely to bring any major change to the side that played in that series. Although they historically they have been wayward in terms of performance against South Africa, but the last series against Australia and today’s practice match will help their confidence boost a lot.
The Lankans will Heading towards Port Elizabeth to face South Africa in the ‘Boxing Day Test’ that will take place in the 26th December 2016 at the St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.