Port Elizabeth:Sri Lanka‘s bowlers fought back on Friday, reducing South Africa to 91 for five in their second innings at tea on the second day of the second Test. South Africa had an overall lead of 159 after bowling out the tourists for 154 in their first innings at St George’s Park.
In a frenetic start to the day, Sri Lanka scored 94 runs but lost six wickets in 17.4 overs.
Overnight batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and night-watchman Rajitha were dismissed in the first four overs of the morning after Sri Lanka resumed on 60 for three. They were followed by a succession of batsmen who played extravagant shots before perishing.
De Silva struck four fours in making 19 off 24 balls and Niroshan Dickwella hit six fours and a six before he was last man out for 42 off 36 deliveries.
Lasith Embuldeniya did not bat after undergoing surgery on Thursday night after badly dislocating his left thumb in trying to take a return catch off Rabada during South Africa’s first innings. He was expected to be out of action for up to six weeks.
When South Africa batted, opener batsman Dean Elgar was out cheaply for the third time in the series to Vishwa Fernando before lunch. A steady stream of wickets fell during the afternoon, culminating in the dismissal of Hashim Amla for 32 and in-form Quinton de Kock for one in the last two overs before tea.
South African captain Faf du Plessis was unbeaten on 31 at the interval.
Brief scores:South Africa 222 & 91/5 (Hashim Amla 32, Faf du Plessis 31*; Kasun Rajitha 2/20) lead Sri Lanka 154 (Niroshan Dickwella 42; Kagiso Rabada 4/38, Duanne Olivier 3/61) by 159 runs
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