With past records in Asia still haunting them, the South Africans have traveled to Sri Lanka to play a full tour of two tests, five ODIs, and one T20I starting on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The tour is set to begin with a test match at the Galle International Stadium in Galle.

Live updates:

Sri Lanka 6/0 in 2 overs.

Sri Lanka wins the toss and decided to bat first

The match is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Local, which 4:30 AM GMT.

The last time South Africans played a test series in Sri Lanka was back in 2014, which the Proteas just somehow managed to win by 1-0, after securing a close draw in the second match.

Sri Lanka's home record is quite good in the recent times, barring from the series against India, while South Africa is the world no.2 side in test cricket.

Where to watch:

The match will be televised live by Sony Six and Sony Six HD channels in India and its subcontinent. The live streaming and highlights will be available on the digital platform, SonyLiv's app and website.

In South Africa, the match will be televised live on SuperSport, along with this the online streaming of the match will be available on its digital platform (website and app).

In the United Kingdom, the broadcasting rights are held by Sky Sports Cricket, while Willow TV has the rights in the United States.

Team News, Pitch, and Weather report:

There are lots of selection troubles for Sri Lanka building up to the first Test, as the issues are spread over various factors.

There are clouds of injury concerns looming over Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera. An article on Cricbuzz.com stated that Angelo Mathews has returned to the squad, but captain Dinesh Chandimal's fate in this test match is yet to be decided by the ICC, after the ball-tampering allegations against him.

While, on the other hand, the Proteas has their own concerns.

Steyn's impending return to Test cricket is much awaited. Rabada will be coming back from a lower back injury, as AB de Villiers' sudden retirement has somewhat jolted the Faf du Plessis led side. According to the Cricbuzz.com article. With the two spots open, South Africa is expected to field three fast-bowlers along with two spinners.

The Galle wicket will the same as it has been for the past few years, with batting getting tougher as the game progresses. Whoever wins the toss is likely to opt to bat, in order to avoid batting in the fourth innings. The weather reports aren't really impressive as rain is expected in the next few days in Galle as the monsoon season has just begun in Sri Lanka.