Three late strikes by South Africa’s fast bowlers on first day helped atone for a poor batting performance on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka were 60 for three at the close at St George’s Park after bowling out South Africa for 222.
South Africa, needing a win to share the series, made a poor start after winning the toss, losing three wickets with the total on 15, two of them off successive balls from Vishwa Fernando. They never recovered fully despite three half-century stands, two of which involved top-scorer Quinton de Kock, who made 86. Aiden Markram and captain Faf du Plessis put on 58 for the fourth wicket but it was 73 for four when captain Du Plessis was bowled by opposite number, part-time bowler Karunaratne, with the last ball before lunch.
Earlier, Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha both took three wickets as Sri Lanka followed up their surprise win in the first Test in Durban with a disciplined bowling performance on a slow but well-grassed pitch. Some of their good work was undone after Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne gave the Sri Lankan innings a reasonable start, putting on 25 for the first wicket. Captain Karunaratne was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for 17 in the 12th over. Duanne Olivier then bowled Oshada Fernando and had Kusal Mendis caught behind.
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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test will be played at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The match will begin from 1:30 pm IST. The match will broadcast live on Sony Six/HD.
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With AFP inputs