Batsman Minod Bhanuka and seamer Asitha Fernando are all set to make their Test debut today with 6 crucial players dismissed for the 2nd Test as a diminished Sri Lanka side want to prevent a whitewash versus hosts Proteas at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Both Bhanuka and Fernando have played minimal over cricket for Sri Lanka and with injuries galore, the group management got no choice but to throw the children into the deep water. Whether they could impress on debut is left to be seen but both are skilled children with lot of pledge. Fernando bowls right-arm medium pace while Bhanuka is a wicket-keeper batsman.

Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara have actually all been eliminated from the 2nd Test due to injuries while Suranga Lakmal too remains uncertain after he stopped working a physical fitness test on Friday, requiring the Sri Lanka group management to select up the missing out on pieces from their reserves. Sri Lanka took 21 players for the trip to face such unexpected circumstances as players can’t simply be phoned from Sri Lanka due to health restrictions.

Chandimal, and fast bowlers Rajitha and Kumara all picked up groin injuries throughout the very first Test while de Silva strained a tendon in his left thigh on the very first day of the match as South Africa gained triumph by an innings and 45 runs. Lakmal who sustained a hamstring injury ahead of the series is still to recuperate however skipper Dimuth Karunaratne stated Lakmal is expected to do another fitness test later Saturday to choose his schedule for the match. Oshada Fernando who was recuperating from an ankle injury sustained during the LPL was anticipated to be fit for the second Test initially but his healing has actually been slow and will miss the final video game as well.

Both Chandimal and de Silva made half centuries in the first innings as Sri Lanka stacked up their highest innings total in South Africa and their absence will be considerably felt by the tourists who will a minimum of try to find a face-saving draw. “It’s going to be a big challenge as we do not have our finest 11 to play tomorrow. Having said that, we have actually got a group of youngsters who were awaiting this opportunity and I hope they will get it with both hands with excellent efficiencies,” skipper Karunaratne said at the pre-match virtual interview last evening.

Likewise skeptical for the game is Wanindu Hasaranga, who had an excellent debut in the opening game getting four wickets and scoring a half century. He was also anticipated to go through a physical fitness test last night and if he fails Lasith Embuldeniya will sign up with the playing XI.

Sri Lanka beat South Africa convincingly throughout their last visit to the nation in 2018 to register an uncommon 2-0 whitewash– the first by any going to Sri Lankan group. Trailing 1-0, it will be a high order for the Lankans to outsmart their challengers to avoid a whitewash.

In the lack of Chandimal and de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanna and Bhanuka will make it to the playing XI however their biggest worry would be the absence of a powerful bowling attack to challenge the South Africans who scored more than 600 runs in their innings triumph at Centurion.

On The Other Hand, South Africa is most likely to retain the batting line-up that piled up 621 in their only innings in the very first Test, and might remember fit-again fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.

” I am not a huge fan of entering into Test match without a spinner. It’s extremely harmful,” South Africa coach Mark Boucher stated.

” As we saw with Sri Lanka (in the first Test), if they didn’t have a spinner, they would have struggled much more.”

They have actually won both previous Tests versus the Lankans in Johannesburg by an innings.