Stumps Day 2
Sri Lanka 111/4 (Karunaratne 60, Mathews 14) & 287 (Karunaratne 158, Rabada 4 for 50) lead South Africa 126 (du Plessis 49, Perera 4-46) by 272 runs
On a day where 13 wickets fell, Sri Lanka dominated the proceedings to bundle out South Africa for just 126 and then extended the lead to 272 at close of play on Day 2 of the opening Test in Galle. For the hosts, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal shared nine spoils between them, while Dimuth Karunaratne continued his impressive form with a fluent hand of 60 in the second innings.
Sri Lanka's surge towards a dominant position was led by the reliable spin duo of Perera and Herath. The pair blended the arm ball with the scrambled seam variety to trouble the opposition ranks on a turning track. They picked up 7 wickets between them.
The South African camp also would be cheered up by Maharaj's performance in the second essay. The left-arm spinner struggled to bowl with control in the first dig, but in the second innings, he extracted appreciable turn to dislodge Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis.
Despite those late strikes, Sri Lanka hold all the aces on a crumbling pitch and they would fancy their chances of taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
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