South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2 highlights: After losing three wickets in the middle, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock guided the South African innings as they reach 126/4 at the close of play. The hosts are currently leading by 170 runs. Sri Lanka got themeselves back in the contest as they scalped three wickets in the middle overs. Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma were dismissed cheaply and Dean Elgar was stunned by Lasith Embuldeniya, who took a brilliant catch in his followthrough.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka managed to crawl their way back into the contest as they reached 191 in their first innings. Sri Lanka lost five wickets in the first session and were reduced to 133/6 at Lunch. Lasith Embuldeniya and Kasun Rajitha stiched a 32-run partnership for the ninth wicket, before Rajitha was run-out on 12 by Aiden Markram. Kagiso Rabada picked up the final wicket, giving the hosts a vital lead of 44 runs.
Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2019Kingsmead, Durban 24 February 2019
South Africa 235 (59.4) & 259 (79.1)
Sri Lanka 191 (59.2) & 304/9 (85.3)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2 highlights:
After losing three wickets in the middle, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock guide the South African innings as they reach 126/4 at the close of play. The hosts are currently leading by 170 runs.
100 up for South Africa
South Africa edge past the 100-run-mark as Faf du Plessis comes out of his crease and plays a lofted drive towards mid off for a boundary.
Caught and Bowled!
A tossed up delivery by Lasith Embuldeniya and Dean Elgar steps out and smashes it straight towards the bowler. Embuldeniya in his followthrough moves to the left and tries to take the catch with both hands, luckily the ball got stuck in his left hand. Elgar walks back to the pavilion after scoring 35 off 70 deliveries. SA: 95/4
Sri Lanka are getting their grip on the match as they scalp two wickets in quick succession. Temba Bavuma tries to sweep but fails to make any contact with the bat. Lasith Embuldeniya goes for the appeal and umpire raises his finger. The batsman, however, is not happy with the decision as he decides to take a review. TV replay shows that the ball was pitched in line and would have knocked the top of middle and leg stump. SA: 77/3
Vishwa Fernando strikes as Hashim Amla departs on 16. Amla was trying to direct the ball towards gully but he failed to control his shot due to the extra bounce. The ball struck him high on the bat went straight to Lahiru Thirimanne. SA: 70/2
50 up for South Africa
South Africa bring up their fifty as Hasim Amla pushes the ball towards backward square leg for a single. The hosts have also extended their lead by 94 runs
South Africa lose their first wicket
Kasun Rajitha strikes as South Africa lose their first wicket. Makram while attempting to punch the ball through covers gets an outside edge and the ball travels straight to Kusal Mendis at second slip. The batsman walks back to the pavilion after scoring 28.
South Africa second innings
Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar are out in the middle to start the South African second innings. Suranga Lakmal will bowl the first over for the visitors.
Kagiso Rabada takes the final Sri Lankan wicket as Lasith Embuldeniya plays a lofted drive in order to clear the infield. The power and timing was missing as the ball goes straight to Dale Steyn at mid-off, who makes no mistake. The Sri Lankan inning is wrapped on 191 as the hosts take an important lead of 44 runs. The umpires have also removed the bails for Tea.
Clever fielding work by Aiden Markram at short-leg as he effects a run-out. After tapping the ball, Kasun Rajitha looks for a single as the ball goes straight to Makram at short-leg. By the time he realises, Makram throws the ball and knocks off the stump. SA: 186/9
Dean Elgar puts down a sitter
Dale Steyn delivers another bouncer and Kasun Rajitha tries to tap the ball down. However, the ball takes an outside edge and goes straight to Dean Elgar at gully, who puts down a sitter. This is an imortant partnership from the Sri Lankan perspective as the duo of Rajitha and Lasith Embuldeniya add 29 runs for the ninth-wicket. SL: 181/8 (trail by 54 runs)
Dale Steyn strikes as Perera departs just after completing his half-century. The batsman went for a big shot but fails to connect it. The ball rockets up in the air and substitute fielder Hamza does a great job. He covered a lot of distance running towards his left and completes the catch neatly. SL: 152/8
Kusal Perera completes half-century
Kusal Perera slams the ball towards the mid-wicket boundary to bring up his fourth half-century in Tests. Great counter-attacking by the batsman with the fielders sorrounding him trying to create pressure. With this boundary the Sri Lankan total also edge-past the 150 run mark.
More trouble mounts on Sri Lanka as Dale Steyn strikes right after the break. A fullish delivery from Steyn and Suranga Lakmal goes for the drive but his shot goes straight into the hands of Aiden Markram. The visitors are trailing by 93 runs.
Players are out in the middle after the break. Suranga Lakmal is the new batsman and will resume the Sri Lankan innings along with Kusal Perera, who is batting on 41. The visitors are trailing by 102 runs.
Sri Lanka lose their sixth wicket right before Lunch. A bouncer by Rabada going wide of the off stump and Dhananjaya de Silva goes for a pull shot. He fails to connect it as the ball takes the top-edge of his bat and goes high in the air. Duanne Oliver runs towards the ball and takes a clean catch at the end. South Africa are in command as the visitors are still trailing by 102 runs.
Niroshan Dickwella departs for 8 runs from 12 balls. Sri Lanka are five down and Duanne Olivier gets his first. Half hearted shot from Dickwella to the short ball and he's thrown his wicket away. Dickwella went for the pull, decided late on to check the shot thereby getting a leading edge and is found at third man by Steyn.
Kusal Mendis departs for 12 runs from 24 balls and Sri Lanka lose their fourth. Lovely delivery from Philander and an equally neat take from Faf at second slip. Philander squares up Mendis with an away-seaming delivery from short of length, gets the outside edge and Faf dives forward to complete the catch. Sri Lanka are 76/4
FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! FOUR!
Four fours in seven balls for Sri Lanka. First two for Kusal Perera and then for Kusal Mendis. Sri Lanka on the attack after losing the wickets
Another appeal and this time it has been given out. Karunaratne the batsman again, Philander the bowler again. Sri Lanka review. Much fuller from Philander this time and Karunaratne misses the flick and gets hit on the back leg. Umpire's call on hitting wickets, and Karunaratne has to walk back. A big, big wicket for South Africa. Karunaratne beaten by the in-seam and the impact was adjacent to the leg-stump. The ball-tracking says it was clipping leg. Sri Lanka don't lose a review, but they've lost their skipper. Karunratne dismissed for 30 and Sri Lanka are 53/3
South Africa review
South Africa celebrate a lbw against Karunaratne. But the umpire is unmoved. Philander the bowler. Ian Gould reckons the close one is a fair delivery. Missed the inside edge and rapped Karunaratne on the back pad. No bat but it is going over the stumps. South Africa lose the review. The impact was on the thigh pad and height playing a factor.
Early wicket for South Africa. Oshada Fernando has been adjudged leg before and he walks for 19 runs. Dale Steyn strikes. Fernando has a word with skipper Karunaratne at the other end on whether to review or not but decides otherwise. Fullish ball angled in from over the wicket and Fernando misses the glance. He gets pinned on the front pad in front of middle and leg. Sri Lanka are 51/2
Day 2 underway
Few dark clouds over Kingsmead with the sun trying to make its presence felt. There was rain overnight but for now, no weather issue. Play underway with Oshada Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne in the middle. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander the bowlers