Kusal Perera thumps quickfire 60 however vacationers struggling after opting to bat first
Sri Lanka 157 (Perera 60, Nortje 6-56) vs South Africa
Wiaan Mulder put Sri Lanka’s collapse in movement earlier than lunch, and Anrich Nortje ripped out the decreasing order within the second session, accumulating career-best figures of 6 for 56. Nortje bowled quick, steadily exceeding 145kph, and Sri Lanka’s batsmen didn’t appear to believe their defensive methods towards him, taking place in a hail of aggressive strokes.
Only Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera produced some semblance of resistance within the second session, placing on an eighth-wicket stand of 39, as they every collected score in an extra of 20. The wicket of Chameera, who top-edged a bouncer via to the wicketkeeper, gave Nortje his second profession five-wicket haul. Nortje took the ultimate wicket as properly, to finish Sri Lanka’s innings within the 41st over.
Sri Lanka 84 for five (Dickwella 0*, Mulder 3-1) vs South Africa
Till the tip of the 20th over, Sri Lanka’s morning was going okay. Kusal Perera was enjoying boldly and successfully, thumping South Africa’s bowlers via the off aspect with explicit relish. They’d already lost Dimuth Karunaratne, however, Lahiru Thirimanne appeared to be settling on the crease. There appeared a very good probability they may go to lunch at 85 for 1.
As a substitute, the highest order collapsed en masse, Wiaan Mulder took three wickets within the house of 11 deliveries, they usually hobbled into the dressing room at 84 for five at lunch as an alternative.
Mulder bowled properly to place this collapse in movement, however, Sri Lanka additionally batted poorly with lunch approaching – three of the 4 batsmen who had been dismissed on this interval out enjoying attacking pictures. Perera went after a barely wider full supply, and despatched a catch to gully. Kusal Mendis was then squared up by a ball that straightened off the seam and took the shoulder of his bat. Thirimanne additionally provided a catch to the slips as he tried to tuck a ball to the leg aspect.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test
Debutant Minod Bhanuka‘s dismissal the final ball earlier than lunch appeared essentially the most wasteful of all. He performed at a wide-ish Anrich Nortje supply that he may have left alone, and never controlling the bounce, despatched one other edge to the slips.
All up, Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets for 13 runs in 4 overs. All 4 batsmen had been caught by both slips or gully.
Perera’s 60 off 67 – which at lunch comprised 71% of the crew‘s complete, had been assured and largely properly thought out. In between frequent shellackings via cowl or wallops over mid-off, Perera left the ball properly and defended solidly, selecting solely the balls in his zone to go after. He’d been hit a number of instances on the physique early within the innings, significantly by Nortje, however, started to attain runs behind sq. on the leg aspect when the bowlers went at his ribs once more later within the session. He was particularly extreme on Lungi Ngidi, who gave him an excessive amount of width. Perera’s innings contained 11 fours, all instructed.
Earlier, whereas Perera was still warming to his work, Karunaratne had been watchful for 31 balls, earlier than getting a steep lifter from Nortje, which he edged to the keeper to be out for 2. Earlier than Mulder ran via Sri Lanka, Nortje was maybe one of the best of South Africa’s frontline quicks, selecting up 2 for 33 for the morning. Mulder’s three wickets value him just one run.