South Africa v Sri Lanka Preview: 2nd Test Betting Tips & Predictions

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Faf du Plessis - South Africa Test cricket

South Africa will be looking to seal a Test series victory over Sri Lanka in Johannesburg from January 3-7, after they totally dominated the first match. Our cricket experts at have picked out their favourite selections ahead of the second Test.

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South Africa v Sri Lanka 2nd Test Betting Tips & Predictions: South Africa Top Runs Scorer 1st Innings

South Africa only needed to bat once as they completed an innings and 45 run win over Sri Lanka in their opening Test in Centurion. Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first and were bowled out for a decent total of 396. The hosts then batted and took full control with Faf du Plessis falling one run short of an amazing double century, while Dean Elger and Keshav Maharaj both contributed with 95 and 73 respectively as they were bowled out for 610. Du Plessis was in scintillating form and he hit 24 boundaries with an overall average of 72.1. I am backing Du Plessis to assert his dominance once again by top scoring for the Proteas.

South Africa v Sri Lanka 2nd Test Betting Tips & Predictions: Sri Lanka Top Runs Scorer 1st Innings

Sri Lanka got off to a half decent start as they were four runs short of posting 400 in the first innings with Dinesh Chandimal hitting 85 and Dhananjaya de Silva contributing with 79. The second innings was not as good, as they were dismissed for 180 with Kusal Perera top scoring with 64. Perera only managed 16 in the first innings, but he showed his class when he batted again even in a losing cause. I am backing the 30-year-old to lead from the front and top score for the tourists.

South Africa v Sri Lanka 2nd Test Betting Tips & Predictions: South Africa Top Wicket Taker 1st Innings

Having the ability to take 20 wickets in a Test match is crucial in winning the game over five days, and that is exactly what the Proteas did. Lutho Sipamla was the first inning hero as he took four wickets, while he added another two when Sri Lanka batted again. Lungi Ngidi came away with three wickets in the match, and I am expecting him to be in the wickets once again by taking the most for the hosts.