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South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka today took authority of the 2nd and last Test between South Africa played at the SSC grounds in Colombo. The hosts were leading by 365 runs at the close of play.


The Sri Lankans resumed on their overnight score of 277/9 with Akila Dananjaya on 16 and Rangana Herath on 5. The Protea skipper handed the newish ball to Kehsav Maharaj who had taken 8 wickets on day 1 to bundle out the Lankan inning. But it didn’t happen as soon as Faf du Plessis would have preferred as the couple added 61 more runs on day 2 making their partnership worth 74 runs to go down in history as the second highest 10th wicket partnership for Sri Lanka.

Eventually Keshav Maharaj ended the stubborn stand by dismissing Rangana Herath for a well-compiled 35. Akila Dananjaya unfortunately was denied of a well-deserved maiden fifty as he remained unbeaten on 43.

With a reasonably huge score of 338 the Lankans didn’t take too much time to pick wickets as Akila Dananjaya who shared the new ball with Dilruwan Perera struck in his second ball. Dean Elgar was the one to be dismissed as he edged one to the other Dananjaya, Dananjaya de Silva at second slip.

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Theunis de Bruyn who was surprisingly sent ahead of Hashim Amla lasted just 8 balls as he nicked an Akila Dananjaya delivery which was comfortably taken by Dickwella behind the stumps.

Just before lunch Herath too struck as he trapped Aiden Markram right in front of the stumps to keep the Saffs reeling on 19/3 at lunch.

The most experienced batsmen for South Africa, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla started proceedings really well for their team after lunch. The 2 star batsmen added 55 runs for the 4th wicket before the latest member of the 9000-test-run Club Hashim Amla was dismissed to a Dilruwan Perera in the same fashion he got out twice at Galle. In fact Dilruwan Perera was the bowler in the previous occasions too. It was also the 5th time Amla had been dismissed by Perera in his Test career.

Perera once again struck to leave the visitors clueless as du Plessis nicked one trying to slog, a shot he successfully used to score the most of his runs. It was the second time in the series du Plessis got out in the 40s.

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock then showed some resistance sweeping almost every delivery. The duo was successful to a certain extent but patient and consistent bowling from the Lankan spinners rewarded them with Bavuma’s wicket. In fact it was a sharp Kusal Mendis catch at short-leg which ended Bavuma’s inning on 11.

De Kock on the other end swiftly accumulated some useful runs for his team with his wonderful sweeping ability. It was Akila Dananjaya’s last spell which stood against their progress as he took 3 quick wickets to register his 2nd 5-wicket haul.

Maharaj miscued a sweep off an Akila googly to start the mini-collapse. De Kock soon in Akila’s next over missed a straight one to be given out LBW after a fairly good knock of 32. Akila didn’t wait too long to complete his fifer as he trapped Dale Steyn in the same over.

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The Protea last pair couldn’t match-up to the heroics of the Lankan last pair as Rabada edged one to the safe hands of Angelo Mathews at slips to give Perera his 4th wicket.

With a 214-run 1st innings lead after bundling out the Proteas for 124 the Lankan openers once again put up a stellar performance by almost putting up another century stand. Both the openers, Karunaratne and Gunathilaka scored 50s. Gunathilaka was the first to fall on 61 being the 10th scalp of Maharaj in the match.

Maharaj struck soon again to get his 11th wicket, trapping Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer in the 1st inning Dananjaya de Silva for a duck.

Kusal Mendis once again couldn’t score big as he was run out courtesy a mix-up between Karunaratne and himself. His full stretch dive also couldn’t save him.

Karunaratne on the other hand stood strong for his unbeaten 59 along with former skipper Mathews who is also unbeaten on 18.

The Proteas used as much as 7 bowlers in the 2nd inning as part-time medium pacer de Bruyn was also made to bowl few overs of spin. The part-time spins of openers Elgar and Markram was also tried out without any dividend.

The hosts will start tomorrow with a massive lead of 365 and 7 wickets in hand.    


Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

338/10 & 275/5

(81 overs)


South Africa

124/10 & 290/10

(86.4 overs)

Srilanka won by 199 runs

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilake c K.Rabada b K.Maharaj57107
Dimuth Karunaratne c Q.De Kock b K.Maharaj53110
Dananjaya de Silva lbw by K.Maharaj60109
Kusal Mendis c K.Rabada b K.Maharaj2134
Angelo Mathews c F.Du Plesis b K.Maharaj1024
Roshen Silva b K.Rabada2246
Niroshen Dickwella c F.Du Plesis b K.Maharaj59
Dilruwan Perera c L.Nigidi b K.Maharaj1724
Akila Dananjaya not out4391
Suranga Lakmal c A.Markram b K.Maharaj04
Rangana Herath c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj3568
15 (b 4, lb 2, nb 1, w 8)
338/10 (104.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-116 (D Karunaratne, 34.3 ov), 2-117 (D Gunathilaka, 36.3 ov), 3-153 (K Mendis, 48.3 ov), 4-169 (A Mathews, 54.3 ov), 5-223 (R Silva, 69.6 ov), 6-238 (N Dickwella, 72.4 ov), 7-247 (D de Silva, 74.2 ov), 8-264 (D Perera, 80.1 ov), 9-264 (S Lakmal, 80.5 ov), 10-338 (R.Herath, 104.1 ov)
Dale Steyn173600 3.53
Kagiso Rabada203551 2.75
Lungi Ngidi14.21540 3.80
Keshav Maharaj41.1101299 3.14
Aiden Markram8.41240 2.86
Dean Elgar31100 3.33

South Africa’s 1st Innings

Aiden Markram lbw by Rangana Herath720
Dean Elgar c Dananjaya De Silva b Akila Dhananjaya04
Theunis de Bruyn c Niroshan Dickwella b Akila Dhananjaya38
Hashim Amla c Kusal Mendis b Dilruwan Perera1958
Faf du Flessis c Niroshan Dickwella b Dilruwan Perera4851
Temba Bavuma c Kusal Mendis b Dilruwan Perera1120
Quinton de Kock lbw by Akila Dhananjaya3231
KA Maharaj c Dimuth Karunaratne b Akila Dhananjaya24
Kagiso Rabada c Anjelo Mathews b Dilruwan Perera110
Dale Steyn lbw by Akila Dhananjaya02
Lungi Ngidi not out02
1 (nb 1)
124/10 (34.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (D Elgar, 1.2 ov), 2-8 (T Bruyn, 3.2 ov), 3-15 (A Markram, 8.1 ov), 4-70 (H Amla, 21 ov), 5-85 (Du Plessis, 25 ov), 6-114 (T Bavuma, 30.3 ov), 7-119 (K Maharaj, 31.5 ov), 8-124 (De Kock, 33.2 ov), 9-124 (D Steyn, 33.4 ov), 10-124 (K Rabada, 34.5 ov)
Dilruwan Perera12.51404 3.20
Akila Dhananjaya132525 4.00
R. Herath91321 3.56

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

MD Gunathilaka c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj6168
D. Karunaratne c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi85136
D.De.Silva lbw by Keshav Maharaj03
BKG Mendis (runout) Aiden Markram1827
A Mathews c Faf du Flessis b Keshav Maharaj71147
R. Silva not out3299
N. Dickwella not out77
1 (nb 1)
275/5 (81 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-91 (D Gunathilaka, 18.3 ov), 2-102 (De Silva, 20.2 ov), 3-136 (K Mendis, 28.4 ov), 4-199 (D Karunarathne, 48.1 ov), 5-263 (A Mathews, 79.1 ov)
KA Maharaj4041543 3.85
Kagiso Rabada80420 5.25
Aiden Markram71180 2.57
Theunis de Bruyn50200 4.00
Dale Steyn112300 2.73
Lungi Ngidi9591 1.00
Dean Elgar1020 2.00

South Africa’s 2nd Innings

Dean Elgar lbw by D.Perera3780
Aiden Markram lbw by R.Herath1424
Theunis de Bruyn b R.Herath101232
Hashim Amla b R.Herath618
Faf du Flessis c Anjelo Mathews b A.Dhananjaya713
KA Maharaj lbw by A.Dhananjaya01
Temba Bavuma c N.Dickwella b R. Herath6398
Quinton de Kock lbw by R.Herath812
Kagiso Rabada c A.Mathews b D.Perera1837
Dale Steyn c D.Gunathilake b R.Herath66
Lungi Ngidi not out44
26 (b 16, lb 5, nb 4, w 1)
290/10 (86.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-23 (AK Markram, 8.1 ov), 2-80 (D Elgar, 23.3 ov), 3-100 (HM Amla, 30.1 ov), 4-113 (F du Plessis, 35.1 ov), 5-113 (KA Maharaj, 35.2 ov), 6-236 (T Bavuma, 73.1 ov), 7-246 (Q de Kock, 75.5 ov), 8-280 (TB de Bruyn, 84.5 ov), 9-280 (K Rabada, 85.2 ov),10-290 (DW Steyn, 86.5 ov)
R. Herath32.55986 3.02
Dilruwan Perera304902 3.00
Akila Dhananjaya192672 3.53
Suranga Lakmal2080 4.00
Dananjaya de Silva2050 2.50
Danushka Gunathilaka1010 1.00