Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sri Lanka reign in Colombo despite Maharaj milestone

Sri Lanka reign in Colombo despite Maharaj milestone

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi (L) celebrates with captain Faf du Plessis (R) and his teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne (not pictured).

Sri Lanka have taken total control of the second cricket test against South Africa after their spinners knocked over the Proteas' batting line-up in the first innings.

Keshav Maharaj posted South Africa's best figures since they were readmitted to worldwide cricket in 1991 by taking 9-129 against Sri Lanka.

They have 365 more runs then South Africa in the second innings after moving to 338 in their first from 277/9 and bowling out South Africa for 124/10, on day two.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 59 at stumps with Angelo Mathews on 12.

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Earlier resuming the day on 277 for nine, Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa with a dogged 74-run stand for the final wicket before Maharaj struck when the latter was caught behind for 35.

Cape Town - Proteas opening batsman Dean Elgar admits that Sri Lanka have been the better team in the two-match Test series.

No-one could accuse the South Africans of cleverness in their tactical thinking around this series.

South Africa once again proved their weakness against off-spin that saw Perera finish with figures of 4 for 40 to go with his match bag of ten at Galle.

But this will likely have only delayed the South Africans' first series defeat by Sri Lanka since 2006.

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