Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

1st test: Sri Lanka 287 all out; Steyn goes closer to record

1st test: Sri Lanka 287 all out; Steyn goes closer to record

All eyes will be on whether Dale Steyn is handed a spot in the playing XI with the veteran pacer returning to the squad for the first time since injuring himself in the first Test against India at the start of the year.

Herath has notched up 418 wickets in 90 test matches for Sri Lanka and is the country's highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a staggering 800 test wickets to his name.

After Markram was dismissed cheaply, South Africa sent in Keshav Maharaj as nightwatchman ahead of Hashim Amla.

Interestingly, if Chandimal plays, it will also be the two captains locking horns with the history of ball tampering incidents behind them.

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Suranga Lakmal is leading the Sri Lankan side in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal, who pleaded guilty for conduct that is contrary to spirit of cricket and will miss the two-test series along with coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews returns, and Rangana Herath is fit.

Kagiso Rabada sent back Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in one over.

Ergo, Fitness concerns loom over Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera.

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"I think so", he said of making a successful comeback. Left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi, playing only his second Test, returned figures of 3-91. "The last time we played here we did well to win the series".

The last time a Test ended in a draw in Sri Lanka was on South Africa's last tour in July 2014, in Colombo.

In an interview with BBC Sinhala, Herath hinted that the Test series in November against England could be his last, having retired from white-ball cricket in 2016 to prolong his Test career. He was wonderful to watch against the testing bowling attacks of India and Australia earlier this year at home and this series presents him with another challenge of tackling the quality spin-bowling.

But the left-right batting combination of Karunaratne and Mendis compiled an unbeaten 23-run stand as the hosts headed into the break without losing any more wickets. If he gets there, he will be the third South African batsman to the landmark.

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