Sri Lanka was able to put their noses in front in the ongoing second Test match against South Africa at the end of day two at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SCC) in Colombo. The hosts are currently leading by a mammoth margin of 365 runs.
South Africa’s batting woes against spinners continued as they were skittled out for a mundane score of 124 in the first innings. Therefore, the hosts were able to take a lead of 214 runs in the first innings in the series-deciding fixture.
Sri Lanka puts South Africa on the back foot:
No South African batsmen got going as the Lankan spin battery wreaked havoc through the visitor’s batting line-up.
The 24-year-old Panadura-born off-spinner Akila Dananjaya scalped a five-wicket haul; while only playing his third Test match.
At the other end, another spinner Dilruwan Perera continued to breathe down the visitor’s neck as he took four wickets – to put South Africa on the brink of series loss.
Furthermore, the Sri Lankan openers provided a blistering start to their innings as they put on an alliance of 91 runs. Therefore, Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne partnership rubbed salt into the wounds of South Africa.
In addition, the top-order batsman Karunaratne continued his dream form going as he scored his fourth fifty on the trot.
South Africa’s hero with the ball in the first innings, Keshav Maharaj took two more wickets in the second innings.
Meanwhile, South Africa has struggled to tackle the Sri Lankan spinners and their Achilles Heel was clearly exposed in the Asian conditions.
The Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was the leading run-scorer with 48 runs in the first innings.
The Lions are already leading the two-match series by 1-0. Thus, they are looking to bag the all-important competition by 2-0.
In fact, the tourist’s batsmen will have to bat out of their skin to save this Test match against Sri Lanka.
Also, here is how Twitter Reacted to Sri Lanka’s domination in the second Test match.
Faf doesn’t trust his pace battery in the subcontinent without their most potent weapon – The Tampered Ball #SLvSA
— Amulius Victor (@AmuliusVictor) July 21, 2018
#SLvSA proudly South African but I've never watched our team chasing down big scores
— Unathi-Gubelana (@unathi83_unathi) July 21, 2018
Another fifty for Karunaratne – becomes only the 4th Sri Lankan opener to make 4 consecutive half-centuries#SLvSA
— mahalakshmi Indian (@mahalakshmi3117) July 21, 2018
— Hamadullah Sohu (@hsohu) July 21, 2018
Good time to remember that a year ago, Zimbabwe came excruciatingly close to beating a similar Sri Lanka side in Colombo (RPS). A questionable umpiring decision went SL's way in a tricky chase of 388. They finally won by 4 wickets. Here SA not even close. #SLvSA
— Rishad D'souza (@RDcric) July 21, 2018
Another utterly rubbish day for SA. Can’t against spin and are now certainly going to lose the series 2-0. SL being made to look much better. #SLvSA
— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) July 21, 2018
Dale Steyn signing autographs at the boundary line for some school kids. Pretty sure 90% of them have no clue who he is 😅 #SLvSA
— Estelle Vasudevan (@Estelle_Vasude1) July 21, 2018
Haven’t South Africans been retiring well in cricket? Hashim is an exception. Such drop in form in last few years but he plays on!! Used to be a good player of spin in his heyday, not now @OfficialCSA #SLvSA
— jitin yadav (@jitinyadav) July 21, 2018
This performance is ridiculous, we have ONE spinner and he takes all the wickets, what the hell were management thinking ? We are in Sri Lanka ! You have to bowl spin and play spin ! Wake up man !! #SLvSA #SScricket #Proteas
— Warren Butt (@ButtWarren) July 21, 2018