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South Africa pacers rattle Sri Lanka before bad light ends play

Vernon Philander picked three wickets on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka
Vernon Philander picked three wickets on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka

South Africa 286 (Duminy 63) v
Sri Lanka 181-7 (de Silva 43no)
First Test, Port Elizabeth, day two

The South African pacers made the best use of the conditions to restrict Sri Lanka to 181 for seven before bad light brought an early end to the second day's play in the first Test in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa started the day at 267 for six. In the third over of the day, Vernon Philander (13) was dropped by Dinesh Chandimal. However, Nuwan Pradeep (2-66) got his revenge, two overs later by having him caught in the deep.

It took Sri Lanka just four more overs to dismiss Keshav Maharaj (0), Kyle Abbott (0) and Quinton de Kock (37) to wrap up South Africa for 286. Suranga Lakmal (5-63) was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with a five-wicket haul.

Abbott (2-49) struck early in the Sri Lankan innings when he castled Dimuth Karunaratne (5) in the fourth over and Kusal Mendis (0) in the eighth over while Philander (3-35) dismissed Kusal Perera (7). Sri Lanka went into lunch at 37 for three.

Five overs into the second session, Angelo Mathews (39) survived a review from South Africa but Kaushal Silva (16) wasn't lucky enough as he was trapped LBW by Philander. At 61 for four, Mathews and Chandimal (28) stitched together for 33-run stand.

Kagiso Rabada (1-63) provided South Africa with the breakthrough when he had the Sri Lankan captain caught at third slip and the visitors were 104 for five by tea.

The final session saw Philander trapping Chandimal LBW while Maharaj (1-30) ended Rangana Herath's (24) 32-ball knock to restrict Sri Lanka to 157 for seven.

Dhananjaya de Silva (43 not out) waged a lone fight and when Sri Lanka reached 181 for seven, bad light brought an early end to the play on day two. The visitors still trail South Africa by 105 runs with two wickets in hand.

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