Sri Lanka 154 (Dickwella 42, Rabada Four-38, Olivier Three-61) and 60 for two (Oshada 17*, Olivier 1-10) want an additional 137 runs to beat South Africa 222 and 128 (du Plessis 50*, Lakmal Four-39, de Silva Three-36)
As many as 18 wickets tumbled on day two at St George’s Park, leaving the second Check dangling on a razor’s edge. After three innings unfolded on a manic day, Sri Lanka had been 137 runs away from turning into solely the third facet – after England and Australia – to safe a Check collection win in South Africa.
How did it come all the way down to this after Sri Lanka had been dismissed for 154 of their first innings, conceding a 58-run first-innings lead? South Africa suffered a extra dramatic collapse, dropping 7 for 38 regardless of a defiant, unbeaten half-century from their captain Faf du Plessis.
No Lasith Embuldeniya? No downside for Sri Lanka. Half-time offspinner Dhananjaya de Silva scripted South Africa’s downfall together with his flip – or the dearth of it. Moments earlier than tea, he drifted a full ball away from Hashim Amla to have him nicking off for 32. Aiden Markram and du Plessis apart, Amla was the one South Africa batsman to achieve double figures. All advised, South Africa registered 15 single-digit scores within the match.
De Silva may have additionally dismissed du Plessis on 45 when he had him stumped off a ball that shot by means of low, however replays revealed that he had overstepped. He wore a wry smile, coach Chandika Hasthurusingha had his face in his palms, and Embuldeniya scratched his head in frustration. All of that become pleasure after de Silva and Suranga Lakmal labored their means round du Plessis to bundle South Africa out for 128 in 44.Three overs.
Lakmal was notably deadly together with his inswingers in opposition to the decrease order, claiming Four for 39. Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha performed their half as nicely, having carved up South Africa’s prime order as soon as once more.
Sri Lanka’s prime order didn’t fare any higher both of their chase of 197. Lahiru Thirimanne hung his bat out exterior off – probably wider than a set of stumps exterior off – to edge Kagiso Rabada to Quinton de Kock for 10. Within the subsequent over, Duanne Olivier’s first within the fourth innings, Dimuth Karunaratne feathered one behind because the Port Elizabeth Check continued to swing wildly.
The brand new ball didn’t swing as wildly, however there was sufficient motion to maintain Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando on their toes. They safely negotiated the final 30 minutes or thereabouts to to maintain Sri Lanka afloat.
That had not appeared seemingly when Sri Lanka had folded for 154 from an in a single day 60 for Three of their first innings, about half an hour earlier than lunch. That they reached three figures was all the way down to glowing cameos from first-Check hero Kusal Perera (20 off 15) and Niroshan Dickwella (42 off 36).
Olivier had set the tone when he struck Thirimanne on his shoulder with the primary ball of the day. In his subsequent over, he discovered further bounce from a size and had him scooping a return catch for 29.
The hit-the-deck bustle of Olivier and Rabada diminished the guests to 66 for five, however that didn’t cease them from throwing their bats on the ball. Kusal unleashed a devil-may-care slap over cowl level off Olivier and proceeded to launch Rabada onto the roof over extra-cover. His innings, although, was reduce quick as Rabada tightened as much as have him nicking off.
Dickwella then unfurled his trademark scoops and ramps, regardless of South Africa posting a nice third man, to haul his facet previous 150. He caught everyone’s consideration when he gave himself room and lifted an off-stump ball from Dale Steyn over slip for 4. Having lived by the sword, Dickwella died by it, spooning a ramp to gully and giving Rabada his fourth wicket.
South Africa’s batting line-up then disintegrated, leaving them hoping for greater than an encore from Rabada on a deteriorating pitch. They can even be buoyed by the sharp flip and bounce that left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj present in his first over – the final of the second day.