A stellar bowling display by Sri Lanka, headlined by the impressive Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando, who both claimed three-fors, restricted South Africa to 222 on day one of the second Test in St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.
Despite half-centuries from Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock, Sri Lanka nabbed wickets at vital times through a combination of consistent bowling, loose shots and a hapless run out.
However, Sri Lanka lost three late wickets as Kagiso Rabada removed Dimuth Karunaratne for a 42-ball 17, after Sri Lanka's openers had soaked up some of the early pressure, and Duanne Olivier saw off Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis to leave Sri Lanka on 60/3 at play's end.
That's the end of the day!— ICC (@ICC) February 21, 2019
13 wickets across three sessions, with Sri Lanka finishing the evening on 60/3. The visitors will be delighted with their work in the field after Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat. #SAvSL SCORECARD 👇https://t.co/dkczebtSDcpic.twitter.com/R5tW2rTKeB
After South Africa, still smarting from a Kusal Perera-inspired Sri Lanka victory in the first outing, won the toss and elected to bat, left-arm quick Vishwa Fernando cleaned up both Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in quick succession, before Temba Bavumu succumbed to a cheap run out by Kasun Rajitha at mid-on to make it 15/3. Markram, at the striker’s end, was unmoved.
He exhibited a portfolio of impressive strokes, the best of which a splendid straight drive, and began to ease South Africa out of the mire, with skipper Faf du Plessis (25) also finding his groove. The rebuild was extinguished, however, when the skipper missed a full, straight one from captain and part-timer Karunaratne on the stroke of lunch.
A brilliant opening session for Sri Lanka!— ICC (@ICC) February 21, 2019
Faf du Plessis departs to the bowling of Dimuth Karunaratne to close the morning, leaving South Africa on 73/4. Vishwa Fernando has been the star for the visitors, picking up two wickets.
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Entering proceedings at 73/4, de Kock emitted confidence from the get-go with a flurry of dominant drives. Markram reached his fifty off 101 balls, and the opener’s resoluteness and de Kock’s adventure combined well. But while the Proteas needed the duo to build on the partnership’s positive launch, Rajitha, who bossed the second session, emerged to trap Markram lbw, with South Africa failing to overturn on review after the verdict was umpire’s call.
The wicket didn’t deter de Kock, who continued to play high-tempo cricket, but Willem Mulder and Keshav Maharaj, who both fell to the impressive and clearly pumped Rajitha (3/67), didn’t offer much by way of company. Kagiso Rabada did, however, batting sensibly alongside his front-line batting companion.
Rabada and de Kock, who had brought up his 17th half-century, both survived nicks through to the cordon, while the latter also saw a caught-and-bowled chance spilled by Lasith Embuldeniya, who grassed a regulation grab.
South Africa have been bowled out for 222!— ICC (@ICC) February 21, 2019
A brilliant effort from Sri Lanka in the field, with Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha both picking up three wickets. Quinton de Kock was South Africa's top-scorer, hitting 86.
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After tea, de Kock became visibly restricted by leg and elbow injuries before he was comprehensively bowled by Dhananjaya de Silva (2/15) looking to square-drive a straight one. The twirler then removed Rabada for a 65-ball 22 to make it 221/9. In-between dismissals, Dale Steyn survived a Fernando full toss, deemed a fair delivery under waist-height, which just sailed over the bails.
Duanne Olivier was close to being bowled first ball before nicking the second to gift Fernando (3/62) his third wicket and round-off a professional bowling display from Sri Lanka.
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