Srilanka

After losing the first Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth by 206 runs, Sri Lankans were expected to put up a fight in the second Test. The Asian teams generally take time to acclimatise in overseas conditions. Considering the same, fans and experts were hoping for a better show. However, as it turned out, the fortunes of the tourists further nosedived as they catapulted to an even worse loss. While their bowlers were slightly better than the previous game, batsmen failed miserably. The visitors will now look to regroup quickly before the third Test and try to salvage some pride. In this segment, we rate their players performance in the match on a scale of 10. Take a look:

Dimuth Karunaratne: Opener Karunaratne looked solid in the first innings and batted out a session. However, the lunch break caused a lapse in his concentration as immediately after the break, he was dismissed to a sharp catch by Temba Bavuma. He was undone by a delivery that swung in sharply in the second innings. On the whole it was not a good outing for the southpaw. 3.5/10 (24 and 6; 1 catch)

Kaushal Silva: If Karunaratne was disappointing, Kaushal Silva was not any better. He did get starts in both the innings and was even involved in brief partnerships, but Silva failed to capitalise and go on to score big. He let his team down and will hope for a better show in the final Test at Johannesburg. 4/10 (11 and 29)

Full Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Kusal Mendis: One of the two young promising batsmen with Dhananjaya de Silva, Mendis got a promotion in the batting order in the second Test after scoring a gritty 58 in the first Test. However, he failed in both the innings, scoring just 11 and 4. Moreover, the mode of his dismissal in the first innings must have baffled the team management. The only saving grace for him was his effort behind the stumps, as he took 3 catches in the first innings while keeping in place of Dinesh Chandimal and along with him became a part of Sri Lankan record of most catches by a wicketkeeper in an innings of a Test. 3 /10 (11 and 4; 1 catch)

Dhananjaya de Silva: Another talented cricketer and one for the future, de Silva also got a promotion to No. 4. He got starts in both the innings but failed to go on. He also bowled 11 wicket-less overs and affected a run-out via superb direct hit. 4/10 (16 and 22; 1 run-out)

Angelo Mathews: The Lankan skipper failed to lead from the front. In the first innings, he could score just 2 and sent down 17 wicket-less overs. His captaincy too was unimaginative as his team allowed South Africa to get off the hook in the first innings and post an above-par total. He did show some spine in the second innings by scoring 49, but it was too late by then. The only thing that went in his favour was the call at the toss. 4/10 (2 and 49; 2 catches)

Dinesh Chandimal: Chandimal, along with Mathews, was expected to guide the juniors and take greater responsibility. But all he could manage was 4 and 30 in the game. But he did take 7 catches in all and became a part of Sri Lankan record jointly with Mendis. 4.5/10 (4 and 30; 7 catches)

Upul Tharanga: Senior batsman Tharanga was brought into the team in place of the struggling Kusal Perera. He did justify his inclusion with an unbeaten 26 in the first innings, but played a poor shot to get out in the second. Moreover, he even dropped a sitter offered by Faf du Plessis in the first innings. 4 /10 (26* and 12; 1 catch)

Rangana Herath: Herath was brought quite late into the attack in the first innings but the champion spinner delivered almost immediately. He picked up 2 wickets in the first and a solitary in the second in non-friendly conditions. Herath also scored stroke-filled 35 not out in the final innings, thus reducing the margin of defeat a bit. 5/10 (1 and 35*; 2 for 57 and 1 for 32)

Suranga Lakmal: Lakmal bowled well, especially in the second innings. He, along with Lahiru Kumara, troubled the hosts on a wicket, which assisted seam and swing. But the duo lacked support from third seamer Nuwan Pradeep. 6/10 (0 and 10; 2 for 93 and 4 for 69)

Lahiru Kumara: Kumara generated a lot of pace and registered his maiden five-wicket haul in just the third Test of his career. It was due to his effort that Sri Lanka could restrict South Africa below 400. He was a tad expensive though, and could pick just a wicket in the second innings. But overall, he was one of the bright spots for the visitors in the otherwise disappointing Test. 7.5/10 (4 and 9; 6 for 122 and 1 for 62)

Nuwan Pradeep: Pradeep did not take any wicket in the match. If only had he bowled well and supported Lakmal and Kumara, Sri Lanka could have done better. He gets those 2 marks just to show up and put up an effort. 2/10 (0, 5; 0 for 46 and 0 for 46)