Sri Lanka get a taste of their own medicine in the 2nd Test against South Africa
South Africa began the match with two changes - Lungi Ngidi and Theunis De Bruyn replacing Vernon Philander and Tabraiz Shamsi. By the end of the day, they would have given their arm in return of another spinner.
Sri Lanka 277-9 (Dhananjaya de Silva 60, Danushka Gunathilaka 57; Keshav Maharaj 8-116, Kagiso Rabada 1-37)
Day 1 Stumps: Sri Lanka are on 277/9 (86) Akila Dananjaya (16*) at the crease with Rangana Herath (5*). Maharaj has bagged eight wickets for 116, his best ever Test figures.— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) July 20, 2018
(Dhananjaya de Silva 60, Danushka Gunathilaka 57, Dimuth Karunaratne 53)https://t.co/7Fox2CfuEo #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/ESJRbxyYsU
When play began, openers Danushka Gunathilaka (57) and Dimuth Karunaratne (53) looked solid in the middle. Both started cautiously as Sri Lanka ended with all their ten wickets intact at Lunch.
However, soon after both openers reached their 50s, they were dismissed by spinner Keshav Maharaj. Maharaj had an ordinary game in the first Test and came back strongly to prove his worth. Dhananjaya de Silva also looked quite comfortable at the crease with a good 60.
Apart from the top three, no other batsman could really fight it out in the middle. Although the wicket was not turning square, there was enough in it for the spinners to exploit. Notwithstanding the fact that the trio of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi bowled tight line and lengths, it was Keshav Maharaj who starred with a eight-for.
Man of the moment ?????? Congratulations @keshavmaharaj16 8/116. The best figures by any touring spinner and the best figures by a South African spinner since readmission #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/ZmXfsyHZfx— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 20, 2018
At one point, it looked as if Maharaj maybe in contention for bagging all 10 wickets but the possibility ceased to exist after Rabada castled Roshan Silva. Within a short span, Sri Lanka slumped from 223 for 4 to 264 for 9.
Sri Lanka would be disappointed with their effort, especially after the 116-run opening stand they got. When play was called off, Sri Lanka were 277 for 9 with Rangana Herath (5) and Akila Dananjaya (16) at the crease.
While South Africa relished the services of spinner Keshav Maharaj today, they will have to deal with quite a lot of the same themselves as they come out to bat tomorrow.
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