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Rabada, Philander decimate Sri Lanka on day two

Both Quinton de Kock (left) and Vernon Philander (right) were impressive for South Africa
Both Quinton de Kock (left) and Vernon Philander (right) were impressive for South Africa

South Africa 392 & 35-0 (Elgar 19no) v
Sri Lanka 110 (Philander 4-27)
Second Test, Cape Town, day two

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada picked four wickets apiece as South Africa dismissed Sri Lanka for 110 runs in their first innings and later stretched their lead to 317 runs at stumps on day two of the second Test in Cape Town.

South Africa resumed their first innings at 297 for six. Quinton de Kock (101) started the day with a boundary but South Africa lost Kyle Abbott (16) in the second over of the day bowled by Rangana Herath (2-57).

De Kock completed his century off 122 deliveries and three deliveries later he was caught behind to give Lahiru Kumara (6-122) his fourth wicket.

Philander (20) and Keshav Maharaj (32 not out) added 40 runs for the ninth wicket before the former edged one to the keeper to give Kumara his five-wicket haul.

The 19-year-old went on to complete a six wicket haul when Rabada (8) was caught behind as South Africa ended their innings at 492 which was also the end of the first session.

Sri Lanka started the innings cautiously with Dimuth Karunaratne (24) and Kaushal Silva (11) adding 31 runs for the first 15 overs.

However, Rabada (4-37) and Keshav Maharaj (2-32) got Silva and Mendis respectively as Sri Lanka went into tea at 56 for two.

In the first over of the third session, Karunaratne mistimed a Rabada delivery to point and three overs later the pacer also had Angelo Mathews (2) caught at slip.

Dhananjaya de Silva (8) started the innings with a couple of boundaries but was trapped LBW by Maharaj while Rabada returned back to have Dinesh Chandimal (6) caught behind. The scores were 78 for six at that stage.

Upul Tharanga (26 not out) waged a lone fight but Philander (4-27) dismissed the final four batsmen in quick succession and in the process also went past 150 wickets in Test. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 110, thereby conceding a 282-run first innings lead to South Africa.

The Proteas decided not to enforce the follow-on as Stephen Cook (15 not out) and Dean Elgar (17 not out) added 35 runs in the 10 overs without losing a wicket, thereby stretching their lead to 317 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.

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