SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF SRI LANKA
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South Africa 86/6 (37.0 Ovs)
du Plessis 22 (43)
Sri Lanka 287
Day 2: Lunch Break – South Africa trail by 201 runs
Karunaratne essayed a superb hand of 158 © AFP
Sri Lanka at home, even now, is a bigger team than the world sees it as. South Africa 48 for 5!#SLvSA
— Pratyush Sinha (@prat1204) July 13, 2018
Sri Lanka's spin duo of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera weaved their magic on South Africa's batsmen as they collapsed in a heap to find themselves in dire-straits at 86 for 6, still behind by 201 runs at Lunch on Day 2. Herath bagged two scalps while Perera finished with three.
On a track offering some assistance for spinners, the visitors were all at sea against Sri Lanka's spinners. Most of the batsmen played down the wrong line as they kept looking for the turn and lost their wickets. Keshav Maharaj, the nightwatchman, was the first one to be dislodged. He played for the spin and was dismissed LBW by Herath's arm ball.
Elgar, who has a tendency to play with an angled bat against the off-spinner, was the next batsman to be dismissed. He too thought the delivery from Perera would turn, and attempted to play the drifter through the on side but could only edge it to slips. Elgar wasn't sure whether he had edged it or not but after a brief discussion with Hashim Amla, his batting partner, he walked back to the pavilion.
For a while, Temba Bavuma (17) and Amla resisted the Sri Lankan spinners by employing the sweep and loft. Bavuma was intent on essaying the sweep while Amla skipped down the track twice in single over from Perera to loft it down the ground. Just when the pair seemed to have paddled through the rough storm, Perera snuffed out South Africa's mainstay Amla. He danced down the track but could only eke out an inside edge that deflected via his pad and into the hands of the FSL fielder. Initially, the on field umpire adjudged it as not out but the hosts took the review and was overturned.
Bavuma followed Amla back to the hut as he tried a sweep off Lakshan Sandakan only to be castled via the inside edge. In hindsight, the middle order batsman could have employed the drive against a delivery that was tossed up and bowled outside the off-stump. Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was the last one to fall before lunch, castled by a fine delivery from Perera that was well flighted and turned away from the left-hander to shatter the off-stump. The on field umpire sought the help of the TV umpire to adjudge whether Perera had overstepped or not. Based on a couple of angles, it didn't seem as if the bowler had any part of the heel behind the line but the third umpire upheld the decision.
Faf du Plessis (18), the captain, and Vernon Philander survived a few anxious moments to guide them to the break. In fact, Philander could have been dismissed too but Herath and co. didn't take the review for an LBW, The Hawkeye suggested the all-rounder would have been trapped in front. Herath continued to persevere and finally convinced the umpire to adjudge Philander LBW. This time around, the batsman took the review and replays suggested the impact was outside the off-stump as Philander survived.
The tourists have a lot of soul searching to do during the break. Meanwhile, Herath and Perera tweaked their seam angles and release points subtly to sow the seeds of doubt in the South African batsmen's minds. Herath also tossed it up by employing the scrambled seam variety.
Oh, disaster for the tourists. De Kock plays down the wrong the line to a tossed up delivery that turns away from him to knock the off-stump. Dream delivery. De Kock has his issues versus off spin. The on field umpire asked for TV umpire's help to check for the no ball. It looked touch and go. Not sure the bowler had a part of his heel behind the line but the third umpire adjudged it as out.
The sweep was a go-to shot for Bavuma this innings. Sandakan spins the ball a lot more and this resulted in the inside edge. Never bothered to get to the pitch of the ball. #SLvSA
— Rohit Sankar ???? (@imRohit_SN) July 13, 2018
Poor shot selection
It has now turned into a procession. Sandakan tossed one up and Bavuma instead of trying to drive, aimed to sweep but could only hear the death via the bottom edge. Poor shot selection.
Huge moment of the Test! Amla has been dismissed, as Sri Lanka get to overturn a bat-pad decision. Amla walked out of the crease but couldn't get to the pitch to a delivery that turned from Perera. He could only eke out an inside edge and it deflected via his pad to the FSL fielder. Initially, adjudged not out but overturned on review. On a side note, Amla didn't walk.
The tourists are still 247 behind.
Another one down…
South Africa are all at sea against spinners. Perera got one to drift a bit and bowled it full. Elgar should have presented a straight bat, instead he played with an angled one and the resultant edge was pouched at first slip. Elgar wasn't sure whether he had edged it, but Amla, his batting partner, had seen it. And after Elgar consulted his partner, he walked back. The visitors are in big trouble now.
13 for 3!
Herath strikes in his second over of the day to send back nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj for 3. The batsman got a good stride forward but failed to read a straight delivery and was trapped in front. South Africa are 9 for 2.
Allan Donald knew that Shaun Pollock would top 333. Pollock knew by the time he retired that Dale Steyn would eventually break his Test record. As it is, Steyn already knows that Rabada will unseat him from the throne within the next decade. Fantastic baton to pass. #SLVSA
— Lungani Zama (@whamzam17) July 12, 2018
Dimuth Karunaratne – I played in the ‘A' side upon my injury. I played a big innings there and that gave me confidence. The first 15 overs were tough, but I rode it and then went on to make a big knock. The wicket here is usually slow, but there was some bounce on this suface, Rabada and Steyn bowled some good bouncers. There's some turn from the rough, but otherwise it was a good track to bat on. They used the short ball ball, we needed to play smartly and see off the spells.
Highest 10th wkts stands in Tests involving an opener:
94 S Gavaskar – S Yadav v Aus, Adelaide, 1985
72 Bobby Abel v J Sharpe v Aus, SCG, 1892
63 D Karunaratne & L Sandakan v SA, Galle, 2018 *#SLvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 12, 2018
On Day 1 of the opening Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Galle, Karunaratne (158*) arguably played his finest Test innings, as the hosts accumulated 287. Rangana Herath followed it by snuffing out Markram to leave the visitors at 4 for 1 at stumps.
On a turning track, the southpaw batsman from Colombo played late. He also played largely off the back foot, and with a diet of singles and twos, kept the scorecard moving. He also farmed the strike impressively with lower order batsmen – Sandakan and Lakmal – to add 111 crucial runs for the last two wickets. Eventually, when Sandakan was dislodged by Shamsi, the opener became only the 55th cricketer in Test cricket's history to carry his bat through.
In the past, we have seen Karunaratne essay knocks of significance under pressure. In Christchurch, in 2015, he showed the required batting aptitude to compose a brilliant 130 versus New Zealand. Last year, too, he compiled splendid hands against India and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada and Shamsi were the two best bowlers on show for South Africa. Rabada mixed up well directed bumpers and fuller deliveries to exploit the variable bounce on offer while Shamsi used the unorthodox spinner's angle and variations to keep the opposition in check.
On a track offering grip and sharp turn, South African batsmen need to showcase exemplary defence and temperament to handle the tricks of Herath and co. The veteran left-arm spinner, in all likelihood, will bowl quite a bit of scrambled seam and blend it with the arm ball to keep the batsmen on their toes.
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