Sri Lanka have South Africa under tremendous pressure in the second and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. The Proteas are 92 for 3 in 52 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 421.
Above pic: Sri Lanka celebrate a wicket during Day 2 of the 2nd Test at SSC, Colombo
Like Sri Lanka, South Africa too lost a couple of early wickets and towards the end of the day’s play they still trail by 323 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Captain Hashim Amla is batting on 46 (from 134 balls) along with AB de Villiers who is on 11* (from 38 balls).
There has been a wicket each for Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal. Alviro Petersen was first to depart for 2 in the second over when he tamely pushed one back to the bowler Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka had opened the bowling with Rangana Herath who struck in his very first over.
The other South African opener Dean Elgar was caught bat pad in off-spinner Dilruwan Perera’s first over. Dean Elgar who had scored a century in the Galle Test fell cheaply for 1. The third and last wicket that Sri Lanka bagged on Day 2 was Faf du Plessis’. The South African no.3 scored 36 from 109 balls before he was caught down the legside by the wicket keeper off Suranga Lakmal.
Above pic: Debutant left-handed wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella
Early on, Sri Lanka added 116 more runs to their overnight total of 305 for 5. Mahela Jayawardene scored only 25 runs this morning as he got run out by a direct throw from Alviro Petersen. Mahela Jayawardene finished with 165 (from 284 balls with 17 fours and a six).
Debutant Wicket Keeper Niroshan Dickwella came up with a super score of 72 from 116 balls with 8 fours and a six in his very first knock in Test Cricket.