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“We knew it was going to be tough scoring here – it’s always tough in PE,” said Vernon Philander Getty Images

South African all-rounder Vernon Philander on Tuesday said that ensuring Sri Lanka‘s final three wickets to fall in a matter of just 25 runs would prove to be fruitful for the hosts, as they could possible take a good advantage and a healthy lead against the visitors. “A lead of 80-plus will put us in good stead. We were always looking at 300 plus but we knew if we strung a few good overs together, we could pick up a few wickets this morning. We knew it was going to be tough scoring here – it’s always tough in PE. The wicket asked of us to be patient. We were trying to expose a bit more outside edge or caught behind than lbws. We knew there was a little bit to work with. Sometimes it did a bit too much. The wicket suited myself and Kyle a little better. KG offers pace which makes it easier for batsmen to score. His natural length is also a little bit shorter than myself and Kyle,” said Philander, reported ESPNCricinfo.

South Africa will surely be inspired by Sri Lankan bowlers show from Day Two and look to emulate the same. Kyle Abbott and Philander took apart the Sri Lankan batting line-up with their swing bowling while Kagiso Rabada looked completely out of form. Abbott could use early morning condition to great result for his side as he showcased against Australia at Hobart. Philander too showed exemplary control with the ball and will be on the look out for a couple of more scalps.