Steyn found a hint of shape early doors but Mathews and Roshen Silva looked largely comfortable at the crease. Unfortunately for Silva, he was run out at the bowler’s end. Rabada got a hand onto the ball on his followthrough and it deflected to shatter the stumps at the non striker’s end. Despite a desperate dive, Silva was found short of the crease. Unfortunate way to get out.
The lead now has extended to 280.
Rain but no pain?
The ground has taken a bit of a beating overnight with the rain, but that’s never an issue in Sri Lanka with the entire city coming in disguised as groundsmen to cover the entire playing area.
It’s bright and sunny now and if the weather apps are to be trusted, it’s set to remain this way for some time.
Dimuth Karunaratne is having a match to remember. Follows his 158* in the first innings with yet another half-century in the second, his 15th in Tests#SLvSA pic.twitter.com/FgaugNyQna
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) July 13, 2018
Dry pitch. Some assistance for spinners. The Herath and Perera show. Sri Lanka’s template has worked to perfection so far. On Day 2, the spin duo, Herath and Perera, ran through South Africa’s batting line-up, with support from Suranga Lakmal as the visitors were bundled out for just 126.
Dimuth Karunaratne, the man of the moment, continued his impressive form with a well measured 60 as Sri Lanka extended the lead to 272. To make matters worse for the tourists, Sri Lanka still have six wickets in hand. The only positive sign for South Africa was Keshav Maharaj, who extracted appreciable turn late on Day 2, to snare three scalps.
If we take a stroll down the memory lane, the visitors have displayed the required grit and fighting spirit under pressure in the Island nation. In 1993, in the Moratuwa Test, Jonty Rhodes essayed a match-saving unbeaten hundred to take the tourists to safety. More recently in 2014, Hashim Amla’s 159-ball blockathon had helped the visitors to draw the Colombo SSC Test and win the series 1-0. So South Africa can perhaps draw some inspiration by looking into history books.
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