Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera swept away the Proteas batting line-up after Dimuth Karunaratne’s incredible ton on Day 2 of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Galle International Stadium.
The Proteas lost all 10 wickets for just 126, conceding a massive lead of over 150 a short while ago.
The home team is now in a very strong position and a partnership or two can surely take them to a win if the rain stays away. Besides, the wicket at Galle has a high reputation of generating a great deal of turn on Day 4 and 5.
Suranga Lakmal won the toss and elected to bat first as anticipated. The home team was off to a great start with Karunaratne leading from the front. However, a couple of blows had them 5 down for 119 in the 35th over. They were soon 176 for 8 but Dimuth Karunaratne was enjoying himself at one end.
Contributions from Suranga Lakmal and Lakshan Sandakan helped Karunaratne to his 100 and later his 150. He remained unbeaten at 158 in 222 with 13 fours and a six.
Sri Lanka lost all 10 wickets for 287 in 78.4 overs.
South Africa in return, lost Markram for a duck with just 4 overs of play left in the day. They were 6 down for 51 and in deep trouble early on Day 2. Dilruwan and Herath did their magic with Du Plessis trying his very best to stay alive at the non-strikers’ end. He was eventually dismissed by Suranga Lakmal for 49.
South Africa lost all 10 wickets for just 126 in 54.3 overs.
Dilruwan Perera picked 4 for 46 in 23 overs for Sri Lanka. Suranga Lakmla wrapped up the tail.
South Africa will try to build a few inroads with Maharaj and Shamsi but all Sri Lanka needs is a good partnership.
At the end of 10 overs, the home side is none down for 25 and in a very good position to go one-up in the two-match Test series. They lead by 186.
Update: At the end of day 2, Sri Lanka is at 114/4 with Angelo Mathews (14) and Roshen Silva (10) at the crease. Sri Lanka lead by 272 runs.
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