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  • 10:03 PM IST

    That’s all from Day Two. We will catch up with you at 13:30 IST tomorrow with the updates from third day’s play.

    Till then, goodbye & ciao!

  • 9:51 PM IST

    South Africa have tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on the second day of the match that is being played at Cape Town. They first posted 392 runs on the board in their first innings, courtesy hundreds from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock. Then their bowlers returned to fold the Sri Lanka innings for a paltry 110, thus ensuring a potentially match-winning lead of 282 runs. The hosts then decided against enforcing follow on and came out to bat again, ending the Day Two at 35 without loss and extending the lead by 317 runs with all 10 wickets intact and three days’ play left in the game.

  • 9:48 PM IST

  • 9:14 PM IST

    Meanwhile, read Sri Lankan innings’ report here

  • 9:01 PM IST

    South Africa 15/0, Dean Elgar 10*, Stephen Cook 5*: The hosts have started their second innings and taken their lead close to 300.

  • 8:36 PM IST

    Sri Lanka have been bundled out for a paltry 110, their second lowest against South Africa. They trail South Africa by 282 runs but by the look of it, the hosts won’t enforce a follow on. They will bat again and bat Lanka out of the match. A massive defeat looms over their head now. Philander and Rabada took 4 wickets each.

  • 8:24 PM IST

  • 8:15 PM IST

    OUT! Rangana Herath lbw b Philander 1 (14)

  • 7:46 PM IST

  • 7:45 PM IST

    What is happening here? Sri Lanka are losing the plot very quickly. They are 78/6 with the follow-on mark (192) also away by a huge margin. Rabada is on fire; he has taken 4 out of the 6 wickets to fall thus far.

    Rangana Herath joins Upul Tharanga.

  • 7:43 PM IST

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c de Kock b Rabada 4 (13)

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Sri Lanka are in deep, deep trouble now. They have lost half their side with score reading 78/5. The threat of follow-on looms over them now.

  • 7:41 PM IST

    OUT! Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b Maharaj 16 (22)

  • 7:36 PM IST

    icymi, here are the highlights of the second session’s play:

  • 7:31 PM IST

    Sri Lanka are losing the plot now. Rabada bowled a shortish delivery outside off and Mathews poked at it. He ended up getting a thick edge which traveled to the second slip where Faf du Plessis took it comfortably. Sri Lanka are in trouble now.

    Dinesh Chandimal has walked out to bat.

  • 7:21 PM IST

    OUT! Angelo Mathews c du Plessis b Rabada 2 (17)

  • 7:11 PM IST

    A resolute-looking Karunaratne’s stay at the crease has come to an end. He was looking extremely comfortable in the middle, even as he was not particularly scoring runs at a brisk pace. But he had held one end. It took a Bavuma special to send him back. The tea break perhaps caused a break in concentration here. Rabada got his second wicket. Skipper Angelo Mathews has now joined Dhananjaya de Silva. Sri Lanka 56/3.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne c Bavuma b Rabada 24 (76)

  • 7:09 PM IST

  • 7:00 PM IST

    Read the tea report here

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Sri Lanka take tea at 56 for 2.

    We will be right back.

  • 6:39 PM IST

  • 6:38 PM IST

    OUT! Kusal Mendis c Duminy b Maharaj 11 (30)

  • 6:21 PM IST

    Also, icymi, Here’s teenage bowler Lahiru Kumara’s maiden five-wicket haul:

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Meanwhile, you can catch the highlights of the first session here:

  • 6:02 PM IST

    Rabada banged one short and the extra bounce did it. Silva was caught in the crease with little room to execute the shot. He ended up dragging the ball on to the stumps. Sri Lanka have lost their first wicket. Silva has failed to convert his start.

    Kusal Mendis comes out to bat at No. 3.

  • 5:59 PM IST

    OUT! Kaushal Silva b Kagiso Rabada 11 (39)

    Sri Lanka 31/1; Karunaratne 15*

  • 5:49 PM IST

    The Hashim army is in the house and making some noise. Check it out:

  • 5:29 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 15/0, Karunaratne 8*, Silva 3*: South Africa make the first bowing change as Kagiso Rabada replaces Kyle Abbott. The Lankan openers aren’t at their best as yet, but they have somehow managed to hang around in the middle to negotiate with the difficult first hour of the innings. They will now have to stick around and go on to play important knocks. The onus of converting the start after seeing through the difficult period is on the two batsmen now.

  • 5:10 PM IST

Live (1)

Good Morning, Goeie more,සුභසන්ධ්යාවක්! Hello, and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of Day Two of the second match of the three-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors Sri Lanka, at Newlands in Cape Town. I am Chinmay Jawalekar, and I will be bringing to you all the live cricket updates from today’s action. South Africa are slightly ahead in the game with 297 runs already on the board with the loss of 6 wickets. Dean Elgar struck his 6th Test ton to anchor the hosts’ innings after Sri Lanka managed to stifle them in the middle. For, Sri Lanka, it was Lahiru Kumara that surprised everyone with his seam bowling striking at crucial times in the match.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a decision, which was proved right by his bowlers. With a green top surface and clouds hovering all around, Suranga Lakmal drew first blood getting rid of Stephen Cook very early in the contest. South Africa could have been in trouble if not for Elgar and Hashim Amla who added 66 runs for the second wicket.  Kumara struck twice in quick span getting Amla and JP Duminy’s wickets right before the lunch break.

Live Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Port Elizabeth

It was Faf du Plessis and Elgar that provided some stability to their innings the pair added 76-run stand.

Rangana Herath too joined in the proceeding getting du Plessis. Kumara picked his third wicket in form of Temba Bavuma. Soon, South Africa were reeling at 169 for 5. It was at this junction when Quinton de Kock and Elgar joined forces to revive South Africa. They notched up a 103-run stand. Elgar got to his sixth hundred but soon departed for 129, becoming Lakmal’s second wicket in the innings.

De Kock (68*) and Kyle Abbott (16) were at the crease when Day One ended, with South Africa reaching 297 for 6.