Colombo - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bat in the
series-deciding second and final Test against South Africa at the SSC
ground in Colombo on Thursday.
LIVE: Sri Lanka v SA - Day 1
South Africa remained unchanged
from the side that won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs while the
hosts made three changes to their team.
batsman Niroshan Dickwella replaced Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan
Vithanage came in for Lahiru Thirimanne and unorthodox spinner Ajantha
Mendis was picked in place of injured seamer Shaminda Eranga.
Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar
Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath,
Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella.
Africa: Hashim Amla (captain), Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du
Plessis, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander,
Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)