South Africa V Sri Lanka, 2nd Test At Cape Town: South African Bowlers Dismantle Sri Lanka

South Africa V Sri Lanka, 2nd Test At Cape Town: South African Bowlers Dismantle Sri Lanka
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South Africa 392 and 35 for 0 (Elgar 19*, Cook 15*) lead Sri Lanka 110 (Philander 4-27, Rabada 4-37) by 317 runs

The chief instigator of Sri Lanka’s rickety resistance was Kagiso Rabada with three for 10 in 25 balls at the start of the final session.  Then Vernon Philander polished the tail as Sri Lanka lost nine wickets for the addition of just 54 runs.

Sri Lankans were all out for 110 runs in reply for South Africa’s 392 all out. A shocking batting was display as the tourists lost eight wickets in 90 minutes after tea. It was by no means an unplayable track, but lack of application by the batsmen saw them surrendering a first-innings lead of 282. South Africa decided against inserting the follow-on and were 35 for no loss at stumps in their second innings.

The wicket had flattened and the tourists had to be wary of the new ball and the openers did well to see off the threat of the new cherry as Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne batted for 15 overs.

South Africa got the breakthrough when Silva was beaten for pace by a Kagiso Rabada delivery and dragged the ball onto the stumps.  Kusal Mendis was promoted to number three and he welcomed left-arm-spinner Keshav Maharaj by slog sweeping him for six, the first in the series by either side.

In the next over however, the last before tea, he ended up getting a top edge attempting a sweep off Maharaj. There was absolute carnage after tea. Dimuth Karunaratne cut the third ball after the break straight to Temba Bavuma at cover while captain Angelo Mathews prodded at a Kagiso Rabada delivery that he could have left alone.

Dhananjaya de Silva, promoted to number four from seven, charged down the ground to Maharaj and was ruled leg before wicket while Dinesh Chandimal was caught behind attempting a wild drive at Rabada.

Source: Espncrinfo

 

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