South Africa put up a disappointing show against Sri Lanka on Day 2 of 2nd Test

South Africa put up a disappointing show against Sri Lanka
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When play resumed, Sri Lanka were 277 for 9 but South Africa made the mistake of assuming that they had already cleaned up the Lankans.

 

Sri Lanka 338 and 137-3 (Danushka Gunathilaka 61, Dimuth Karunaratne 59*; Keshav Maharaj 2-90) lead by 365 runs

 

South Africa 124 (Faf du Plessis 48, Quinton de Kock 32; Akila Dananjaya 5-52, Dilruwan Perera 4-40)

 

 

As it turned out, Rangana Herath (35) and Akila Dananjaya (43) stitched together a 72-run partnership which was enough for the South African shoulders to start drooping.

 

When Keshav Maharaj dismissed Rangana Herath to take his 9th wicket of the innings, there must have been just one thought in his head. Had Rabada not cleaned up Roshan Silva, Maharaj could have registered his name in cricket's history books by bagging all 10 wickets in an innings. However, it was not to be.

 

In reply, South African never came up with the steely performance that many expected them to produce. Dean Elgar departed on the eighth delivery of the innings for naught. Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn followed soon.

 

 

Efforts from Hashim Amla (19), Faf du Plessis (48) and Quinton de Kock (32) in the middle order were not substantial enough to help South Africa stage a fight back. Akila Dananjaya bagged a fifer while Dilruwan Perera picked up four wickets.

 

With their nose already in front, openers Danushka Gunathilaka (61) and Dimuth Karunaratne (59*) blasted the South African bowling line up. The two played some authoritative strokes to swell up the lead.

 

After opener Gunathilaka departed for 61, it led to a fall of a couple of more wickets. Keshav Maharaj was again in the act, picking up two Sri Lankan wickets. At the end of the day, Sri Lanka lead by 365 runs and are destined to win the match and the series comprehensively.

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