De Kock hits his 3rd Test hundred to guide South Africa to a pole position in the 2nd Test    Getty Images
De Kock hits his 3rd Test hundred to guide South Africa to a pole position in the 2nd Test Getty Images

Quinton de Kock registered the third Test century of his career to give hosts South Africa an upper hand on Day Two of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Resuming the day with his unbeaten overnight partner Kyle Abbott at Cape Town on Tuesday, de Kock hit an attacking ton with a strike rate over 80 to guide South Africa a decent first-innings total. He fell just after completing his hundred, but Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj ensured the Proteas get near the 400-run mark and gain the psychological advantage. However, young Lahiru Kumara s maiden five-for in Tests folded South Africa s innings for 392; easily an above-par score. Lunch was taken with the fall of final wicket.

Earlier, De Kock started the day on a thumping note, hitting a four off the day s first ball being delivered by Suranga Lakmal. However, the momentum was short-lived as wily spinner Rangana Herath struck in the second over. He sent down a quicker one that took the edge of night-watchman Abbott and launched into the gloves of Dinesh Chandimal. It was a special wicket as Herath surpassed Chaminda Vaas 355 wickets to become Sri Lanka s second highest wicket-taker in Tests. Herath is now only behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who tops the list with 800 wickets from 133 Tests.

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

The night-watchman was replaced by Philander, who added 33 runs for the eighth wicket with the centurion de Kock to take South Africa close to 350. In the process, de Kock got to his hundred with a four off Kumara and let out a huge roar. The occasion perhaps got the better of him as he was immediately dismissed after reaching to the milestone, becoming Kumara s fourth victim.

Maharaj then joined Philander as the two added 40 runs for the ninth wicket to take their team closer to 400. Just when it looked the two will get their team past 400, Philander fell for 20. He became 19-year-old Kumara s fifth victim, thus earning him his maiden five-wicket haul. Last man Kagiso Rabada gave Maharaj a brief company in the middle before he edged one to the keeper off Kumara to end the Protea innings. Maharaj remained unbeaten for 32, as Kumara returned with the figures of 6 for 122.

Chandimal and Kusal Mendis, who kept wickets for Lanka, took seven catches between them in this innings, thus making it the most behind the stumps in an innings for Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews had won the toss on Day One and fielded first on a wicket that had plenty of grass. His bowlers bowled well to keep the hosts under check but Dean Elgar s career-best 129 made it South Africa s day. His hundred and de Kock s fifty propelled them to 297 for 6 at the close of play on the first day.

In the first session on the second day, South Africa scored 95 and lost the remaining 4 wickets to bundle up for 392. Sri Lanka will begin their reply post lunch. They will be under pressure for the hosts have already put up a total which is at least 100 runs above-par, as the South Africans batted well in tricky conditions.

Brief scores: South Africa 392 (Dean Elgar 129, Quinton de Kock 101; Lahiru Kumara 6 for 122) vs Sri Lanka.