South Africa have a task on hand as they come into the second and final Test of the series against Sri Lanka trailing by a 0-1 margin. Their reputation will be at stake as another defeat or even a draw would mean a series loss to an Asian team at home. Sri Lanka did the unthinkable in the previous Test as Kusal Perera's heroic knock of 153 in the fourth innings completely took the game away from the hosts. South Africa had the Lankan's under the pump for majority of the match but it was the last 75 minutes that changed everything.
However, the previous defeat gave them a lot of things to ponder and it is essential to solve them in order to salvage pride in this match. Apart from Quinton de Kock, none of the other South African batsmen looked comfortable across both innings. Skipper Faf du Plesis played a fighting knock of 90 in the third innings but his inconsistency is something that hurts the team a lot. There don't have that many issues from the bowling front as they did a fine job. Vernon Philander is out with injury and Wiaan Mulder may replace him to make his Test debut.
As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, they can dare to dream again after their miraculous victory in the previous match. However, they would need a stronger performance from each of their batsmen as Kusal Perera won't go on to save them from blushes everytime. Young