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Philander, Rabada trouble Sri Lanka before bad weather intervenes

Vernon Philander (left) was among the wickets once again
Vernon Philander (left) was among the wickets once again
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South Africa 426 (Duminy 155) v
Sri Lanka 80-4 (Mendis 41)
Third Test, Johannesburg, day two
Scorecard

After a late comeback from Sri Lanka restricted South Africa to 426 in their first innings, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada struck twice each before stumps to have the visitors in trouble at 80 for four on day two of the third Test in Johannesburg.

South Africa resumed day two at 338 for three. The nightwatchman Duanne Olivier (3) did not make much of the contribution as he edged an Angelo Mathews (2-52) delivery to the keeper.

In the very next over, Faf du Plessis (16) was dropped by Kusal Mendis. Even though the South African captain bounced back by scoring back-to-back boundaries, Nuwan Pradeep (4-78) changed the complexion of the game when he got four wickets in as many overs.

Du Plessis, Temba Bavuma (0), Hashim Amla (134) and Vernon Philander (0) all fell in quick succession as South Africa slipped to 378 for eight and ended the session after adding 20 more runs.

A desperate effort from Quinton de Kock (34) and Wayne Parnell (23) ensured South Africa reached 426 in their first innings before they were dismissed.

Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara (4-107) were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Dimuth Kauraratne (0) survived a caught behind review from South Africa in the second delivery of the innings but was dismissed in the same fashion two deliveries later, Philander (2-23) was the bowler.

After a brief 47-run stand between Kaushal Silva (13) and Mendis (41) saw the visitors stage some recovery but Kagiso Rabada (2-26) got the better of both the batsmen while Philander returned back to have Dhananjaya de Silva (10) caught at backward point.

Sri Lanka managed to reach 80 for four before bad light brought an early end to the day. They still trail South Africa by 346 runs with six wickets in hand.

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