SA vs SL 2nd test has entered into an interesting phase at Port Elizabeth. The pitch has been a nightmare for the batsmen while bowlers are enjoying bowling on this pitch. Sri Lanka started the day 2 with 60/3 and trailing by 162 runs.
It wasn’t a good start by Sri Lankan batsmen to the 2nd day and kept losing wickets regularly. Rabada and Olivier were in sublime form and didn’t allow Sri Lanka to even reach to the lunch. They were all out on 154 runs, trailing by 68 runs. Rabada picked up 4 wickets for just 38 runs while Olivier picked up 3 wickets for 61 runs. For Sri Lanka, Dickwella was their leading run scorer with 42 runs. South Africa soon started their 2nd innings. With the pitch supporting fast bowlers, the Proteas batsmen also struggled and soon lost their first wicket on 10 runs. At lunch, South Africa were playing on 10/1, leading by 78 runs.
Wickets kept falling for South Africa after the lunch break and soon they were 3 down for just 51 runs. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis then tried to stabilize the innings by adding 39 runs to the scoreboard for the 4th wicket. The partnership was broken by de Silva. Hashim Amla scored 32 runs.
In-form de Kock then came to join Faf du Plessis but didn’t contributed enough to the scoreboard and gave a simple caught and bowl to Lakmal. South Africa were 5 down for just 91 runs at tea with a lead of 159 runs.
Faf du Plessis was the lone warrior for South Africa but failed to find a partner at the other end, as the lower order collapse by South Africa saw them all out on 128 runs. Faf du Plessis remained not out on 50 runs. Lakmal picked up 4 wickets for 39 runs while de Silva picked up 3 wickets for 36 runs.
Sri Lanka came out to the bat with a target of 197 runs. They had a steady start and added 32 runs to the first wicket before Rabada and Olivier knocking off both the openers in the 10th and 11th over respectively. At the end of Day 2, Sri Lanka were playing at 60/2 with 137 more to win.
It was an eventful day as 18 wickets fell on Day 2.
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