The spin duo of Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera weaved their magic on South Africa’s batsmen as they collapsed within 126 runs in reply to Sri Lanka’s total of 287 in the first innings.
Meanwhile, the visitors started the day at 4 for 1 with Dean Elgar and Keshav Maharaj taking guards. However, on a track offering some assistance for spinners, the visitors were all at sea against Sri Lanka’s spinners. Herath removed Maharaj while Elgar departed off Perera.
For a while, Temba Bavuma (17) and Amla resisted the Sri Lankan spinners by employing the sweep and loft. Amla soon departed while attempting to play a lofted shot only to inside edge to the hand of the forward short-leg fielder.
Bavuma followed Amla back to the hut as he tried a sweep off Lakshan Sandakan only to rattle his stumps. Quinton de Kock was the last to get out before lunch falling to a beautiful delivery from Perera.
Faf du Plessis the captain, and Vernon Philander survived a few anxious moments to guide them to the break. However, Philander lost concentration to get out immediately after the lunch break.
Since then, it was no holding back as Suranga Lakmal crashed through the tail to finish their innings.
Twitter went mad as the Lankan rattled the South African batting in the first innings:
— Dantweets (@dhanukalakshan) July 13, 2018
— Aasir (@Aasirricherd) July 13, 2018
— Kgatliso (@KgatlisoOlorato) July 13, 2018
— Shazin Sadakath (@shazinsadakath) July 13, 2018
— Cham J (@Uppercut07) July 13, 2018
South Africa's entire batting lineup made 15 runs more than Sri Lanka's last two wickets added as the Proteas were bowled out for 126, trailing by 161 runs. Du Plessis top scored with 49. Philander made 18. Perera 4/46. Lakmal 3/21 #SLvSA
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) July 13, 2018
It will be interesting to see how SA come back with the ball. For them, to stand a chance to win the game, they've to get Sri Lanka under 100 runs. Can they? #SLvSA
— Jaanvi 🏏 (@ThatCric8Girl) July 13, 2018
— Mahlatse Mphahlele (@BraMahlatse) July 13, 2018