Sri Lanka v South Africa - Day Two

  • Last Updated: July 25 2014, 15:13 BST

Two early wickets put Sri Lanka in charge as South Africa closed day two of the second Test in Colombo on 98 for three in reply to the home side's 421 all out.

Niroshan Dickwella: Hit 72 for Sri Lanka on debut
Niroshan Dickwella: Hit 72 for Sri Lanka on debut

Sri Lanka resumed on 305 for five and Mahela Jayawardene added another 25 runs to his overnight score of 140 before a flurry of wickets saw the hosts bowled out midway through the second session.

South Africa's reply, however, got off to a dreadful start as both openers Alviro Petersen (two) and Dean Elgar (one) were removed within nine overs to leave the visitors struggling at 13 for two.

A 58-run partnership between Faf du Plessis (36) and Hashim Amla (46 not out) stemmed the tide but Sri Lanka, after also claiming the wicket of Du Plessis, were undoubtedly the happier side at the close of play.

Earlier in the day, Jayawardene was the first man to fall as he was run out by Petersen who claimed a direct hit from fine leg to dismiss Sri Lanka's top scorer for 165.

Niroshan Dickwella continued an impressive Test debut by completing his half-century and, alongside the incoming Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka soon passed 400 for the loss of six wickets.

South Africa hit back, however, with four wickets in five overs.

Perera was the first victim as he was was caught at mid-on off Imran Tahir (one for 121) and four balls later, Dickwella was gone too as he was run out on 72 by Quinton de Kock.

Vernon Philander (two for 52) wasted no time in polishing off the tail as both Ajantha Mendis (two) and Suranga Lakmal (four) were caught behind.

On a kind batting surface, 421 was not an insurmountable total for the visitors to chase but South Africa - 1-0 up in the two-Test series - were one down with just 11 balls bowled in the innings.

Petersen was caught and bowled by Rangana Herath (one for 16) and soon after, Elgar was caught by Kaushal Silva off Perera (one for 24).

Two down and barely into double figures, South Africa managed to steady the ship through Du Plessis and Amla, who grinded out 58 runs in 30 overs.

Sri Lanka's spinners were causing the duo problems, however, and Amla could have been removed had wicketkeeper Dickwella not spilled a difficult chance in the 26th over.

The partnership was eventually curtailed when Du Plessis edged Lakmal with Dickwella making up for his earlier drop with an excellent one-handed catch.

AB de Villiers entered the crease and added an unbeaten 11 as South Africa approached three figures before stumps.


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