Dale Steyn couold break Shaun Pollock's wicket record on Friday. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

COLOMBO, Sir Lanka - Dale Steyn will get an early crack at the all-time South African record after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat in the second and final Test here at the SSC.

Steyn requires just one wicket to pass Shaun Pollock’s mark of 421 wickets. The Proteas are behind 1-0 in the series after their massive defeat in Galle last week. The visitors made two changes to the line-up with Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi coming in at the expense of Tabraiz Shamsi and Vernon Philander.

South Africa have not won a Test at the SSC in 25 years, dating back to Brett Schultz’s inspired nine-wicket haul in 1993. Four years ago, though, Hashim Amla’s team recorded a credible draw to win the series here. The Proteas are wearing black armbands after the death of Shamsi’s father earlier this week.

Teams at the SSC:

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi Dale Steyn.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal (capt), Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya.

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