Batsmen of South Africa continued to struggle against Sri Lankan spinners as they were bundled out for a paltry total of 124 in the first innings of the second Test at Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo. In fact, all the ten Proteas wickets were taken by three Sri Lankan spinners.

Consequently, the host’s spinners have breathed down the neck of the visitor’s batsmen. Interestingly, even the single Proteas batsman failed to cross the 50-run mark.

The visitors failed to achieve any impetus during their first essay while having no clue whatsoever on a rank turner. The tourists kept losing wickets at regular intervals to have their backs against the wall.

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South Africa continues to struggle against Sri Lanka’s spinners:

Interestingly, Keshav Maharaj was able to take nine scalps in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Maharaj became the 17th bowler to take nine wickets in an innings.

The left-arm spinner Maharaj became the second South African and first after readmission to achieve the feat. However, the hosts had put a competitive total of 338 in their first innings.

Akila Dananjaya, who is playing his third Test match took a five-wicket haul – to put the visitors on the backfoot.

Furthermore, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera continued his liking of hunting down the Proteas batsman as he scalped four wickets. In addition, Rangana Herath took a solitary wicket.

Keshav Maharaj
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Sri Lanka is already leading by 1-0 in a two-match Test series. Moreover, with a lead of 232 runs and 10 wickets in the bag, the hosts are looking good to win the series by 2-0.

On the other hand, the South African side has been poor in their execution of skills. But they have failed to read Sri Lankan spinners and they have themselves to blame for their poor performance.

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