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SECOND SA TEST: Sri Lanka with chance to make history

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: South Africa and Sri Lanka were locked in a tense, low-scoring battle at the end of the second day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday.
Needing 197 runs to achieve an historic series win, Sri Lanka were 60 for two at the close.It was an extraordinary day’s play during which 18 wickets fell and 282 runs were scored, leaving both teams with a chance of victory.South Africa seemed set to take control when Sri Lanka collapsed in a flurry of strokes to be bowled out for 154 before lunch, giving South Africa a first innings lead of 68 runs.
But Sri Lanka’s bowlers hit back, bowling out the hosts for a paltry 128 by 40 runs their lowest total in a home Test against the islanders.Suranga Lakmal, Sri Lanka’s most experienced bowler, took four for 39, while part-time off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva took a Test-best three for 36.
With only 10 wickets in 24 previous Tests, De Silva had match figures of five for 51. He was forced into a front-line role when left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya suffered a badly dislocated left thumb, an injury which required surgery and prevented him from batting or taking the field on Friday.De Silva seemed to have claimed a fourth wicket and wrapped up the South African innings when Faf du Plessis charged down the wicket and was stumped with the total on 117 for nine. But a check by the umpires revealed it had been a no-ball and 11 more runs were added before Lakmal trapped last batsman Duanne Olivier leg before wicket.
Du Plessis was left unbeaten on 50. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 32 for the first wicket at the start of their chase but both were dismissed in the space of six balls.Thirimanne was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for the second time in the day after making ten to be followed in the next over by Karunaratne for 19, caught behind off Duanne Olivier’s first ball of the innings.Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis saw out the day, with Fernando striking two boundaries in the last over, bowled by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
In a frenetic start to the day, Sri Lanka scored 94 runs but lost six wickets in 17.4 overs.
Overnight batsmen Thirimanne and nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha were dismissed in the first four overs of the morning after Sri Lanka resumed on 60 for three. They were followed by a succession of batsmen who played extravagant shots before perishing.Kusal Perera, the hero of Sri Lanka’s surprise win in the first Test in Durban, thrashed two fours and an audacious six over extra cover in one over from Rabada before being caught behind in the fast bowler’s next over. He made 20 off 15 balls.
De Silva struck four fours in making 19 off 24 balls and Niroshan Dickwella hit six fours and a six before he was last man out for 42 off 36 deliveries. Rabada took four for 38.South African opening batsman Dean Elgar fell cheaply for the third time in the series to Vishwa Fernando before lunch and there was a steady stream of wickets during the afternoon, culminating in the dismissal of Hashim Amla for 32 and in-form Quinton de Kock for one in the last two overs before tea. The remaining five wickets added only 37 runs after tea, with none of the lower-order batsmen able to provide significant support to Du Plessis.

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Sri Lanka chase history in second test versus South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will be chasing history and a shock series victory when they play hosts South Africa in the second and final test at St George’s Park on Thursday.
The tourists claimed a one-wicket win in the first game in Durban on Saturday thanks to a staggering test innings from middle-order batsman Kusal Perera, who bludgeoned his way to 153 not out and put on a record 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando.It was a piece of individual brilliance and leaves Sri Lanka with the opportunity to claim a first ever test series victory in South Africa, something their sub-continent rivals India and Pakistan have yet to achieve.It was Sri Lanka’s first victory in any format since October after tough tours to New Zealand and Australia, and whether they can back it up with a second heroic performance in Port Elizabeth will be the key question.Perera won them the game but was not the only outstan Kusalding player, with debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claiming 5-66 in South Africa’s second innings and seamer Fernando posting match figures of 8-133.Perera played a lone hand with the bat, his match aggregate of 204 runs providing 41 percent of the tourists’ total in both innings, with no other player passing 50.South Africa will be without experienced seamer Vernon Philander and could give a debut to all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, 21, who would strengthen the batting.We will look at the conditions on the pitch and will make the best decision for the team, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said, with the other option to recall batsman Theunis de Bruyn.We want to bat better in our first innings, we need to improve on that if we want to win this game.Gibson says there are no thoughts of revenge for the home side.
Rather his team will try to work out a plan for Perera, now the obvious dangerman among the visitors.There is only focus on playing a bit better.When you look at what happened in Durban you have to give them (Sri Lanka) credit, Gibson said.When I left home on the morning of the game I didn’t see that happening.But credit must go to the way they played, especially Perera, who rode his luck a bit in the beginning but then settled down.We threw everything at him and he withstood all of that.We bowled spin, went round the wicket, over the wicket, bounced him, tried the yorker. But that is the nature of sport.South Africa’s streak of seven consecutive home test series wins has been ended, no matter what happens in Port Elizabeth.The only other test meeting at St George’s Park between the two sides was in 2016 when South Africa won by 206 runs.

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