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South Africa v Sri Lanka tips, prediction & odds; 2nd Test Preview

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Welcome to our South Africa v Sri Lanka betting tips, prediction and odds analysis ahead of the Second Test beginning on Sunday, January 3, at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.

Leading cricket betting sites have made South Africa short-priced favourites at $1.25 to win the second and final Test. You can secure about $9 about a Sri Lanka win and the draw is priced at $6.

That seems a big gap in prices but understandable after Sri Lanka started so well in the first Test before falling a heap as the match wore on. The Sri Lankans are limping into this Test and need their batsmen to stand up.


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Pace bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara and wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal all suffered groin injuries in the first Test and are in doubt for the second Test, while batsman Dhananjaya de Silva (thigh) is certain to miss.

Sri Lanka also face a home Test series against England starting on January 14 in Galle.

Meanwhile, the Proteas are expected to regain spearhead Kagiso Rabada for this match on his home ground after he was sidelined with a groin strain for the first Test.


South Africa v Sri Lanka Test series schedule

First Test: December 26-30, SuperSport Park, Centurion. Sri Lanka 396 and 180 v South Africa 621. South Africa won by an innings and 45 runs. Player of the match: Faf du Plessis.
Second Test: January 3-7, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (10am SAST).


South Africa Test squad

Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Glenton Stuurman, Sarel Erwee, Wiaan Mulder, Kyle Verreynne, Migael Pretorius, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Raynard van Tonder.

Sri Lanka Test squad

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Santhush Gunathilake.


South Africa v Sri Lanka match details and odds

Start:Sunday, January 3, 2021
Venue:Wanderers
Head-to-head odds:South Africa $1.29, Sri Lanka $7, Draw $6.50.
Top run scorer betting 1st innings: South Africa: $4.33 Faf du Plessis, $4.50 Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, $6 Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Raynard van Tonder. Sri Lanka: $4.50 Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, $5 Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, $6 Oshada Fernando.

South Africa v Sri Lanka tips

The World Gambling List’s cricket betting expert has examined the betitng market and found some value South Africa v Sri Lanka tips.

Dimuth Karunaratne top score for Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka captain had a disappointing first Test in which he was bowled in both innings. But Karunaratne is a class player with nine Test centuries under his belt.

Dean Elgar to make a century

Elgar will get first crack as opener and has performed well at this ground. We like the leftie to make a big one here in the first innings, with the Sri Lankan attack significantly weakened by injury.

South Africa v Sri Lanka 2nd Test prediction 3/1/2021

The Proteas are at short odds with most betting sites, and with good reason, although we think they are too short to be backing at the $1.25. The weather forecast is not great so we are considering betting on the draw. Sri Lanka do not seem to have the firepower to blast out the home batsmen, while Sri Lanka have enough quality in their own batting line-up to hold their own Our final South Africa v Sri Lanka prediction: Draw at $6.

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