Sri Lanka in South Africa: Dean Elgar top scored for SA on Day 2 of the 1st Test and put the hosts on the driver’s seat in Centurion.
Dean Elgar missed a Test hundred by 5 runs on Day 2 of Centurion Test. (AP Photo)
- Dean Elgar 95 put South Africa ahead of Sri Lanka on Day 2
- South Africa ended Day 2 with the scorecard reading 317/4
- Hasaranga claimed his maiden Test wicket, of SA captain de Kock
Hosts South Africa are ahead of Sri Lanka at the end of play on Day 2 with the scorecard reading 317/4. South Africa are still trailing by 79 runs but have 6 wickets in the hand are most likely to take a lead over Sri Lanka on Day 3, with Faf du Plessis (55*) and Temba Bavuma (41*) still out there.
Sri Lanka were already missing the services of injured Angelo Matthews and have suffered another blow with Dhananjaya de Silva getting ruled out of the Test series. Before the start of Day 2’s play, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that De Silva will be out for 2 weeks with a tear on his thigh. De Silva was on 79 n.o. off 106 when he suffered the injury on Day 1.
After Dhananjaya was retired hurt, Sri Lanka still managed to put up 340/6 on the board, at the end of Day 1. Dasun Shanaka and Kasun Rajitha added another 47 runs to their partnership, taking Sri Lanka’s total to 387/7, during the first hour of Day 2 before the latter was dismissed by debutant Lutho Sipamla.
The 22-year-old ran through the Sri Lanka tail and bundled up their innings for 396 with Shanaka unbeaten on 66. Sipamla, having claimed the wicket of Wanindu Hasaranga on Day 1, ended up with bowling figures of 4/76 at the end of the 1st innings.
In response to depleted Sri Lanka’s 396, South Africa put on a show with a 141-run opening partnership between Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram (68). Left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando was the first to find breakthrough for Sri Lanka, in the 29th over, as Markram’s bat got a thick edge to fielder Dasun Shanaka. Rassie van der Dussen (15) was the next to go after South Africa put 200 on board.
Elgar, on 95, failed continued his rally and missed his 13th Test hundred by 5 runs, caused by a caught and bowled by Shanaka. South Africa, who had a brilliant start to their innings, suddenly found themselves at a shaky point as Wanindu Hasaranga claimed his maiden Test wicket of captain Quinton de Kock (18 off 11). South Africa last lost their last 3 wickets for just 20 runs.
But the hosts were rescued, from a total of 200/4, by the 5th wicket partnership between former captain du Plessis and Bavuma who took the total to 317/4 at Stumps, Day 2.