South Africa dominated Day 1 of the second Test match vs Sri Lanka after pacer Anrich Nortje registered his career best figures of for 56 and opener Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 92.
Anrich Nortje took 6 wickets in an innings of a Test for the first time in his career (AP Image)
- Sri Lanka were bundled out for 157 in the first innings
- Anrich Nortje registered his career best Test figures of 6 for 56
- Dean Elgar finished Day 1 with an unbeaten 92
In a day which completely belonged to South Africa, pacer Anrich Nortje registered career-best figures of 6 for 56 as Sri Lanka got bundled out for 157 on the starting day of the 2nd Test match in Johannesburg.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first but Nortje took the advantage away from them very soon. He dimissed captain Dimuth Karunaratne in the 10th over of the match when the left-hander failed to withdraw his hands from the line of the ball on time and the bowl kissed his gloves before landing into the safe hands of his South African counterpart Quinton de Kock.
Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne forged a 52-run partnership thereafter but things fell soon after the former fell at an individual score of 60. Wiaan Mulder dismissed Kusal Mendis in the same over, before scalping his 3rd wicket in the from of Thirimanne.
Anrich Nortje claimed the next 3 wickets by sending back Minod Bhanuka, Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka back in the pavilion one after the other.
Lutho Sipamla chipped in with a wicket before Nortje cleaned up the tail to end Sri Lanka’s first innings in just 40.3 overs.
In return, South Africa lost Aiden Markram (5) early but that was it for Sri Lanka on Sunday. Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen displayed some high level of Test batting to stitch an unbeaten partenrship of 114 on Day 1. At the time when stumps were called, Elar was 8 runs short of his 13th Test hundred, while Dussen was batting on 40.
Sri Lanka had lost the 1st Test by an innings and 45 runs.