Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2: Sri Lanka ended day 2 at 111/4, leading South Africa by 272 runs. South Africa had resumed the day’s play at 4/1 but added more misery as they were bundled out for 126 in the first innings. Captain Faf du Plessis was the lone warrior for them who scored 49 but no other batsman stood strong and got runs for the side. Dilruwan Perera scalped four wickets while Suranga Lakmal got three. Later, Sri Lanka got a good start to their second innings but lost wickets quickly before ending the day. Dimuth Karunaratne who carried the bat in the first innings once again showed his class and scored 60.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2 Highlights
Sri Lanka ended day 2 at 111/4, leading South Africa by 272 runs. South Africa had resumed the day's play at 4/1 but added more misery as they were bundled out for 126 in the first innings.
Kagiso Rabada gets a wicket as he said Dimuth Karunaratne back in the pavilion for 60. Karunaratne edged the ball moving away from him and Hashim Amla completes a good catch in the slips
Sri Lanka might have lost wickets quickly in this innings but they have been scoring runs and stretching the lead. Sri Lanka go past the 250-run and extend the lead
Disappointing by Gunathilaka to throw away the wicket. Had a decent start and has thrown it away. Fine running catch from Rabada and South Africa get the breakthrough at last. Gunathilaka ran down the track and didn't get close to Maharaj's delivery yet went through with the lofted drive. Goes to left of long on where Rabada is stationed and completes the catch with ease
Sri Lanka are coasting along in the second innings and South Africa are barely getting a whiff here. Karunaratne on to 31 and Danushka on 17 have taken the lead beyond 200-run mark
Sri Lanka go into the Tea break at 25/0 with lead of 186 runs now. South Africa haven't helped their cause by putting down simple chances. Maharaj hasn't been able to get the same impact out of the wicket that Herath did. The weather has become overcast with winds blowing which hasn't helped him either. South Africa need something to change things about and they need it soon in the third session
Gunathilaka gets too cheeky and paddles it away. Bavuma does a superb job to cover ground from square leg, and with the ball coming at a decent height, he fails to cling on
South Africa's lowest score in Sri Lanka
With just 126 runs, South Africa have scored their lowest total in Sri Lanka. Barring Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander and their gritty stand, it has been poor from the Proteas. Sri Lanka spinners did the job to dismantle the top order before Lakmal ran through the tail to take the last three wickets in just fiv overs. 161 runs a big deficit to concede on the second day and more importantly given the fact that visitors will chase in the fourth innings
South Africa are all out with Lakmal picking a third wicket. Steyn clears his front leg and looks to send it flying but ends up with a thick outside edge which goes down Mathews' throat at first slip. South Africa are bowled out for 126 runs and Sri Lanka take a 161 run lead
Kagiso Rabada loses his off stump and Lakmal strikes once again. Comes round the wicket, bangs the ball short and there is a massive gap between bat and pad by Rabada, goes on to rattle the top of off stump. Hint of a no ball but there is a hint of food touching the line
Faf du Plessis departs! Just two balls after Philander's dismissal, Faf joins him in the pavillion. For once, not a spinner taking the wicket. Reverse swing on it off Lakmal after it pitched just outside off and came back in, split du Plessis in half as he pushed forward. Hits the top of off stump and South Africa go eight down
South Africa review...GONE!
Sri Lanka look to have finally gotten a breakthrough. Dilruwan Perera, bowling round the wicket, has Vernon Philander trapped leg before wicket. Given out by the umpire but South Africa opt to review. No bat on that, Philander was deep inside the crease and Hawk-Eye confirms it had pitched in line and going on to hit the stumps. Three reds! OUT!
100 come up for South Africa and it has been reached with a glorious boundary off Faf's bat. Tossed up well outside off by Dilruwan Perera, Faf bends low, rolls his wrists and sweeps it powerfully past square leg for a boundary
Second session underway
Philander and Faf get the second session underway. Sri Lanka persist with spin from both ends. Dilruwan Perera on one and Rangana Herath at the other
South Africa go into lunch at 86/6 and trail by 201 runs. None of the seamers have had a bowl yet because the spinners have been in fantastic touch. Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander have steadied the ship somewhat with their unbeaten 35 runs partnership. Rangana Herath has picked two wickets, Dilruwan Perera has three wickets while Lakshan Sandakan has one
Sri Lanka review and NOT OUT
Huge, huge appeal for leg before wicket on Philander by Herath and close in fielders. Umpire gives it out. Philander confers with Faf du Plessis at the other end. This has pitched just outside off by the looks of it, slid on and hit the back pad as Philander looked to play it late. Confirmed by the review. The impact is outside off and Philander bats on
Quinton de Kock falls to the spin now. This is dire situation for the visitors. Peach of a delivery from Dilruwan and De Kock is sent walking. Flighted on middle stump, forcing Quinton to try and play it down the wrong line as it beats the outside edge to knock the off stump. They're checking for a no ball. Touch and go. It's right at the edge of the crease when it completely lands. Given out!
Dragged it on! Bavuma is bowled by Sandakan and there is a whole lot of luck involved. Tossed up, well outside off, Bavuma goes for the sweep instead of the drive and gets a thick inside edge to clatter the middle stump. South Africa go five down
Sri Lanka review and NOT OUT
Sri Lanka have reviewed once again. This time for a catch at first slip off Herath to Bavuma. UltraEdge confirms good distance between bat and pad and it hasn't been taken. Third umpire checks for lbw to be sure. Hawk Eye confirms the impact is outside off and it is not out on both counts. Close call but Sri Lanka lose their review
Sri Lanka review and GONE!
Hashim Amla has been given not out but Sri Lanka look convinced, umpire isn't. Dilruwan Perera's foot has just about landed in to avoid a no ball. The appeal is for a catch at forward short leg. UltraEdge confirms there is a hint of edge to it before hitting the thigh pad and popping up for the catch. And the decision is overturned. OUT! Hashim Amla walks for 15
South Africa lose another wicket early on Day 2 and it is Dean Elgar this time. Elgar is given caught at first slip even with plenty of hints of a bump on its way through. Amla, at the other end, thinks it was a catch. Full and drifted on Elgar's pads, looked to play it on the leg side but the bat caught the outside edge as it came down and is a catch. Replays confirm it. Soft dismissal in the end but Sri Lanka have reason to celebrate
Having survived a lbw earlier, there are no doubts this time. Herath has Maharaj caught leg before. Tossed up on middle and went straight on and Maharaj looked to play for the spin as he tried to defend. Gets beaten on the inside edge and is struck pad first with the impact on middle and leg. Would have gone on to hit leg stump. Maharaj doesn't bother stopping to consider a review. Sri Lanka have their first wicket on Day 2
Rangana Herath gets the ball rolling on Day 2 of the first Test. Almost had Maharaj trapped leg before but for the ball pitching just outside leg. Didn't appeal for it but it spun sharply and hit the back leg.
Karunaratne before play
Dimuth Karunaratne: "I played in the 'A' side upon my injury. I played a big innings there and that gave me confidence. The first 15 overs were tough, but I rode it and then went on to make a big knock. The wicket here is usually slow, but there was some bounce on this suface, Rabada and Steyn bowled some good bouncers. There's some turn from the rough, but otherwise it was a good track to bat on. They used the short ball ball, we needed to play smartly and see off the spells."
Death by spin
The surface has already shown signs of assisting the tweakers with Shamsi creating trouble for Sri Lanka. Now, the ball is in Sri Lanka's hands who have three spinners in their ranks led by the crafty and legendary Rangana Herath who has already taken one.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live
Hello and Good Morning! Welcome to our live coverage of South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka. On Day 1, Sri Lanka batted first and couldn't make much of an impact with Dimuth Karunaratne carrying the bat - scoring 158 runs. None in the top order did much of note and the eventual total of 287 was only fattened by 111 runs for the last two wickets. Kagiso Rabada continued his blistering pace to take four wickets while Tabraiz Shamsi picked three wickets. In reply, South Africa lost Markram before stumps. Dean Elgar and night watchman Keshav Maharaj will get things going on Day 2. South Africa trail by 283 runs