South Africa forge to the lead on day two
South Africa finished the 2nd-day of the first Test alongside Sri Lanka on 389-9, important their adversary by 209 runs.
The tourists completed good inroads into the South Africa 1st innings throughout the morning session after the hosts began the day on 90-1.
By the time Jacques Kallis was dismissed in a while into the afternoon session, South Africa still trailed on 1st innings with only five wickets remaining.
|South Africa forge ahead on day two|
De Villiers (99) and Prince then additional 97 for the sixth-wicket before Boucher 49 not out and Imran Tahir 24 not out smooth their surface leading position with an unbeaten last-wicket situate of 39.
Sri Lanka seamer’s men took benefit of the ongoing favourable bowling situation early on after nightwatchman Dale Steyn 0 was run out following a mix-up with Jacques Rudolph.
Dropped catches determined Sri Lanka with M. Jayawardene the first culprit when he put Ruldolph downward at 2nd slip on 32 runs.
H. Amla 18 injured around before he edged a flat-footed drive to Angelo Mathews in the slips off Thisara Perera.
The middle pacer struck again when his testing line outside off stump was too much for Rudolph (44) as the left-hander edged to Nuwan Paranavitana at 1st slip.
Jacques Kallis took the game to the Sri Lankan attack in an early spell of boundaries, including three fours in a Perera over.
J.Kallis go forward was halted when he was strike on the head by Dilhara Fernando on 25 as he ducked into a short delivery.
The practiced right-hander decided to take on after a period of behavior but had clearly been unsettled when he edged Fernando to the wicketkeeper almost immediately after. unluckily for Sri Lanka, Kaushal Silva was not capable to cling onto a regulation catch diving to his right with the batsman on 27.
J.Kallis did not last long after the continuation, however, when he edged an attempted drive off Welegedara to Mathews at 3rd slip on 31.
A.Prince was then dropped behind the wicket on 26 off Rangana Herath to an attempted cut shot, just before the new ball was taken.
AB De Villiers reached his 26th Test 50 with his sixth boundary and seemed confident to make it 13 Test hundreds when he moved to 99 runs.
Mysteriously the right-hander then cut Perera to back point off an attractive wide delivery.
A.Prince had by now fallen to Mathew’s by that point when he edged to Silva, who partly atoned for his previous errors with a good diving catch.
Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel both fell inexpensively before M.Boucher and I.Tahir issued the coup de grace with a string of late boundaries.