Maharaj claims South Africa's best figures since readmission

Annette Crawford
July 22, 2018

Dimuth Karuwaratne continued his excelled form with his fourth successive score of more than 50 to close the day on 59 not out (92 balls, 8 fours).

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be eager to bat as long as they can, and push for some wickets when getting down to bowling.

The hosts built up their domineering lead at the end of a day in which their 10th wicket pair added valuable runs to build a first innings of 338.

Returning to the bowling attack, Dananjaya then took the wickets of Dean Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn, before Herath removed Aiden Markram, as South Africa's top order crumbled again against spin.

He's only the third South African to do so. Herath finished with 35, while Dananjaya was 43 not out.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed the best test innings figures by a South African bowler since the country's readmission to worldwide cricket in the second match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Saturday.

Sri Lankan spinners ran riot on the dry pitch with Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera taking the remaining five wickets between them, with captain Suranga Lakmal not required to deliver a single ball in the innings. Only South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock showed resistance, making 48 off 51 balls and 32 off 31 respectively.

After being dismissed for 126 and 73 in the first Test in Galle, the tourists were skittled for 124 in just 34.5 overs on Saturday, with offspinner Akila Dananjaya taking 5-52. Du Plessis left the field at the end of the day with a anxious look on his face.

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