Luck flows South Africa's way but heavy defeat looms still

Dean Simpson
July 23, 2018

In reply, the South Africans were bundled out for a paltry 124 in their first essay, with Akila Dananjaya (5/52) and Dilruwan Perera (4/40) even as veteran Hashim Amla became the third Protea to notch 9,000 Test runs.

Sri Lanka already lead the two-match series 1-0 after a 278-run win in the opening Test in which South Africa were bowled out for 126 and 73.

Rangana Herath was pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, claiming 6-98 in yet another spin-dominated performance by the hosts.

Sri Lanka spinner Dilruwan Perera.

Faf du Plessis (48) and Quinton de Kock (32) counter-attacked but it was not enough as the tourists once again failed to reach the 150-mark in the series.

In the second innings, both the openers of Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne, got half-centuries.

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Their sixth-wicket 123-run partnership is the highest stand by a South African side in the fourth innings in Asia, and took the match into an 11th session, but South Africa lost inside four days.

South Africa's batsmen showed greater application on Monday morning than throughout the series, with De Bruyn and Temba Bavuma in particular, playing the spinners particularly well.

To say that the day belonged to Dananjaya would not be an understatement for before he wrecked the South African batting and frustrated their bowlers on the field by batting for almost two hours to score a career best 43 not out off 91 balls (7 fours).

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