Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2018, Test Series – Statistical Preview

All the stats and numbers ahead of the 2-match Test series between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

South Africa and Sri Lanka Test teams
South Africa and Sri Lanka Test teams. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in the 2-match Test series at home starting 12th July which will be Proteas’ first International assignment since AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel’s retirement. Sri Lankans are still finding it tough to make an impact in International cricket since the exit of their seniors while the Saffers are fresh from their thumping win over Australia back home. They are boosted by the return of Dale Steyn who is a great addition to an already strong pace attack.

All the stats and numbers ahead of the 2-match Test series between Sri Lanka and South Africa:

5South Africa won five of their last six Test matches vs Sri Lanka while another game ended in a thrilling draw.


26.93 – Hashim Amla’s batting average in Test cricket in his last 15 innings. He has scored 404 runs in those innings with the help of four fifties.


35Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander took 35 wickets apiece in the seven Test matches against Sri Lanka. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (104) and Shaun Pollock (48) have taken more wickets in the Test matches between Sri Lanka and South Africa.


40 – Rangana Herath is the oldest specialist bowler to play Test cricket since England’s John Emburey in 1995. Herath is also the only specialist bowler to play Test cricket since 1996 after turning 40.


49 – The next game that Dimuth Karunaratne features will be his 50th Test match as a player. It will also be his 150th game as a player in first-class cricket. Dean Elgar is also one game short of completing 50 appearances in Test cricket.


143 – Number of wickets Kagiso Rabada has taken in his 30-match Test career. He needs seven more wickets in this series to become the 3rd fastest South African to 150 Test wickets.


293 – Tabraiz Shamsi needs seven more wickets to complete 300 wickets in his first-class career. He is exactly ten wickets away from completing 500 wickets in his professional career.


972 – Runs Dilruwan Perera has scored in his Test career so far. He needs 28 more runs to become the 4th Sri Lankan to complete the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.


1997 – Kusal Mendis needs three more runs to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket. The Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal (7813) needs 187 runs to become the 11th Sri Lankan to score 8000 International runs.


4956 – Runs Angelo Mathews has scored in the Test cricket thus far. He needs 44 more runs to become the 9th player to score 5000 Test runs for Sri Lanka.


8982 – Hashim Amla has scored 8982 runs in his Test career so far. He needs 18 more runs to become the 3rd South African to score 9000 runs in this format.

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