Sri Lanka dominate against South Africa after day two
Dimuth Karunaratne stamped his fifteenth Test half century as Sri Lanka has extended their lead to 272 runs at stumps of day two in the first Test against visiting South Africa at Galle. Rabada romped forcing Karunaratne to return to the pavilion as the last batsman of the day scoring 60 out of 80 deliveries; he struck 7 fours.
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Earlier to that, slow left arm orthodox bowler Keshav Maharaj executed the initial damage in Sri Lanka’s second innings wrapping up three quick wickets that of Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya Silva and Kusal Mendis within 64 runs.
But the heavy first innings lead of 161 runs paved the hosts’ way to build up a competitive second innings total so far.
South Africa, meanwhile fumbled in their first innings against brilliant triplets of Lanka’s bowling attack. Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath attacked one after another at regular intervals making the touring batsmen quite deprived of provisions to throw a good total on the board.
Dilruwan Perera was the most destructive of all – taking 4 wickets in a rundown of long spells counting 23 overs overall, the Proteas batsmen could take only 43 runs from him.
South Africa resumed after the lunch break with a score of 86 for 6, lost remaining wickets adding 40 more runs.
Six batsmen in the lineup were devoid of reaching double figure marks. Faf du Plessis remained the best scorer gaining 49 off 88.
Sri Lanka scored 287 runs in the first innings.
Sri Lanka 1st innings 287 all out
Dimuth Karunaratne 158
Kagiso Rabada 4/50
South Africa 1st innings 126 all out
Faf du Plessis 49
Dilruwan Perera 4/46
Sri Lanka 2nd innings 111/4
Dimuth Karunaratne 60
Keshav Maharaj 3/37
Sri Lanka leading by 272 runs.