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.
Uncapped wicket-keeper 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.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella.
South 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)