South Africa tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on the second day at Newlands, after their pacers Kagiso Rabada (4 for 37) and Vernon Philander (4 for 27) bowled out visitors for paltry a 110. Spinner Keshav Maharaj also chipped in with 2 wickets.
On the back of Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s centuries, South Africa posted 392 runs on the board in the first innings. Then the bowlers did the rest and by cleaning up Sri Lanka for 110, the hosts gained a massive lead 282 runs.
Skipper Faf du Plessis opted against enforcing follow on and came out to bat again, ending Day two at 35 for no wicket and getting an overall lead of 317 runs. With three days remaining and South Africa in a commendable position now, it is an uphill task for Sri Lanka to bounce back and prevent the hosts from securing a series-clinching win.
After restricting the Proteas to 392, Sri Lanka had started steadily with the openers Dimuth Karunaratane and Kaushal Silva adding 31 runs for the first wicket. Rabada gave hosts the breakthrough, after which the Sri Lankan batting collapsed.
In the 16th over, Rabada removed Silva, who played on to his stumps. Kusal Mendis replaced Silva, and showed an aggressive approach to defy the South African bowlers. But shortly before tea, Mendis’s extra attacking intent backfired as he top-edged a Maharaj delivery straight to JP Duminy at short cover.
Post tea, Sri Lanka lost Karunaratane, who had made an upbeat 24, square-cut Rabada and Temba Bavuma took a brilliant catch at backward point.
Angelo Matthews, who came in next to bat, became Rabada’s third prey when he was caught in the slip. Maharaj then gave marching orders to Dhananjaya de Silva and soon Rabada reduced Sri Lanka to 78 for 6 by sending back Dinesh Chandimal.
Upul Tharanga and Rangana Herath put on 22 for the seventh wicket before Philander wrapped up the innings by taking the final four wickets and end Sri Lanka’s innings for 110.
Earlier Quinton de Kock made his third Test century to reach 1,000 Test runs and 19-year-old fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took six wickets as South Africa were bowled out for 392 in their first innings.
Veteran Rangana Herath surpassed Chaminda Vaas’ tally of 355 wickets to become Sri Lanka’s second highest wicket-taker in Tests.
In Sri Lanka’s innings, Rabada completed 50 wickets in 13 Tests, while Philander achieved 150 wickets in 39 Tests.