The Proteas enjoyed a dominant first day of the second Test of their World Test Championship series against Sri Lanka.
After Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first they were shot out for 157 before tea. While the wicket offered a little for the quicks, there weren’t demons in the pitch at all as evidenced by South Africa’s response.
Proteas on top
The Proteas reach 148 for 1 by the close of play to move within 9 runs of Sri Lanka’s total with just one wicket down.
Sri Lanka made a decent start to the day despite losing skipper Dimuth Karunaratne early on to a spitting delivery from Anrich Nortje.
They came unstuck after a solid partnership between Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne.
Wiaan Mulder claimed three wickets in three overs just before lunch and Nortje claimed his second and the fifth to fall in the final over of the morning session.
After some brave efforts from the Sri Lanka lower order Nortje would come back to remove the tail and finish with figures of 6/56, his second Test five-wicket haul.
Sri Lanka struggle with the ball
The Proteas openers were offered little early on and Aiden Markram eventually had a fiddle just outside his off-stump as was caught in the slips for five to give Sri Lanka debutant Asitha Fernando his first Test wicket.
Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen were content to grind away and tire the Sri Lanka attack out.
Elgar went past 4000 Test runs during his innings and ended the day unbeaten on 92 while van der Dussen managed 40*. The pair put on an unbroken 114 run stand.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka second Test: Day one
SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS
|Dimuth Karunaratne (c)||c †de Kock b Nortje||2||32||0||0||6.25|
|Kusal Perera||c Markram b Mulder||60||67||11||0||89.55|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||c du Plessis b Mulder||17||30||3||0||56.67|
|Kusal Mendis||c van der Dussen b Mulder||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Minod Bhanuka||c van der Dussen b Nortje||5||10||1||0||50.00|
|Niroshan Dickwella †||c †de Kock b Nortje||7||10||1||0||70.00|
|Dasun Shanaka||c †de Kock b Nortje||4||17||0||0||23.53|
|PWH de Silva||c †de Kock b Sipamla||29||27||5||0||107.41|
|Dushmantha Chameera||c †de Kock b Nortje||22||29||4||0||75.86|
|Vishwa Fernando||not out||2||11||0||0||18.18|
|Asitha Fernando||b Nortje||4||6||1||0||66.67|
|TOTAL||(40.3 Ov, RR: 3.89)||157|
|Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 9.5 ov), 2-71 (Kusal Perera, 20.1 ov), 3-71 (Kusal Mendis, 20.5 ov), 4-80 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 22.5 ov), 5-84 (Minod Bhanuka, 23.6 ov), 6-93 (Niroshan Dickwella, 25.5 ov), 7-110 (Dasun Shanaka, 29.5 ov), 8-149 (PWH de Silva, 37.1 ov), 9-151 (Dushmantha Chameera, 38.3 ov), 10-157 (Asitha Fernando, 40.3 ov)|
SOUTH AFRICA 1ST INNINGS
|Dean Elgar||not out||92||119||16||0||77.31|
|Aiden Markram||c Mendis b Fernando||5||21||0||0||23.81|
|Rassie van der Dussen||not out||40||82||6||0||48.78|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 4, w 3)||11|
|TOTAL||(37 Ov, RR: 4.00)||148/1|
|Yet to bat: Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (c)†, Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi|
|Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Aiden Markram, 7.3 ov)|
|PWH de Silva||4||0||23||0||5.75||0||0|