Rangana Herath took the first wicket of the Sri Lankan innings by dismissing Alviro Petersen © AFP
Rangana Herath took the first wicket of the Sri Lankan innings by dismissing Alviro Petersen © AFP (File Photo)

 

Jul 25, 2014

South Africa were 23/2  off 16 overs at the end of the second session on Day 2 of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla were at the crease at the time of stoppage of play on scores of 17 and 2 respectively.

 

The hosts went into lunch with a score of 395 for the loss of six wickets and were looking to reach a total of around 500 with ease. South Africa however, were clinical in the second session, with the dismissals flowing regularly and the Sri Lankan batsmen never getting a chance to settle.

 

Sri Lanka decided to introduce spin early on in the South African innings, a move which turned out to be a good one from skipper Angelo Mathews. Rangana Herath struck early for Sri Lanka by removing Alviro Petersen with the visitors scoring just three runs from less than two overs. Herath was later joined by Dilruwan Perera, who also joined the wicket-taker’s list by removing Dean Elgar. The right-arm spinner eventually finished with figures of 4-0-1-1.

 

Faf du Plessis was the only batsman to offer any resistance to the Lankan bowlers, as his innings of 17 from 45 balls featured two boundaries and a six off Herath. du Plessis and Amla now bear the responsibility of batting the day out in order to save the visitors from a collapse and a possible follow-on.

 

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 421 (Mahela Jayawardene 165, Niroshan Dickwella 63*; Vernon Philander 2 for 52)  lead South Africa 23 for 2 (Faf du Plessis 17*; Dilruwan Perera 1 for 1) by 398 runs.

 

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