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Sri Lanka wins toss, elects to bat against South Africa in 2nd test

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first against South Africa in the second test Thursday.

Sri Lanka made three changes to its lineup in a bid to level the two-test series after losing the first match at Galle.

The 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella made his test debut, replacing Dinesh Chandimal, while another youngster Kithuruwan Vithanage came in place of Lahiru Thirimanne.

Ajantha Mendis replaced injured fast bowler Shaminda Eranga as Sri Lanka hoped Sinhalese Sports Club Ground's wicket will support its three spinners.

South Africa kept faith in its three fast bowlers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel — with Imran Tahir its specialist legspinner.

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Teams:

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

South Africa: Hashim Amla (captain), Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

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