Dean Elgar smashed his 13th career century before Sri Lanka hit back on day two of the second Betway Test against the Proteas at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday. Dean Elgar’s 127 guided South Africa to a first-innings lead of 145 runs despite a maiden five-wicket haul for Vishwa Fernando, before Dimuth Karunaratne fought to 91* to take Sri Lanka to a lead of five runs by stumps.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s unbeaten 91 off 116 balls (17 fours) then helped Sri Lanka to finish the day on 150 for four. That gave the tourists a lead of five runs at the end of the second day, a far more promising position than they have on day first when they get bowled to 157 while the South Africans closed day one on a commanding 148 for one having dismissed the visitors for 157.
But after good initial progress by Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen (67 off 127 balls, 12 fours), they lost their way badly by losing their last nine wickets for just 84. The pair then extended their second wicket partnership to 184, before both finally fell with the score on 218, the latter completing his fourth career half-century during his innings.
Things then unravelled badly for the home side as key middle order trio if Faf du Plessis (8), Quinton de Kock (10) and Temba Bavuma (19) fell cheaply. Debutant Vishwa Fernando was the chief destroyer as he bagged a five-for, ending with figures of five for 101, with the host bowled out in 75.4 overs.
South Africa’s spearhead Lungi Ngidi, who bounced back from his first innings blank with three for 26, then landed an early blow to the opposition when he cleaned up Kusal Perera for one to leave the Sri Lankans on one for one early on. But skipper Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne (31) knuckled down during a partnership of 85 for the second wicket to get the innings back on track.
Ngidi, however, set them back badly with two wickets in two balls and Anrich Nortje (1/41) struck 17 runs later to suddenly leave the tourists in a big hole at 109 for four. The captain then found another partner willing to fight in the form of Niroshan Dickwella (18) as they closed out the day with their side in the lead.
- South Africa:Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi
- Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando