South Africa Cricket

Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 2nd Test Day 2: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

South African batsman Faf du Plessis, center, plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal, left, and Mahela Jayawardene watch during the fourth day of the first test cricket mach between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press
Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorJuly 25, 2014

South Africa's bid to return to the top of the world Test rankings were dented on Day 2 of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

After the hosts extended their first-innings total to 421, the Proteas could only reach 98-3 in their reply at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

South Africa 1st Innings: 98 for 3 (52 overs)
RunsMinutesBalls
Petersenc and b Herath2710
Elgarc K Silvab D Perera13522
du Plessisc Dickwellab Lakmal36126109
Amlanot out46150134
de Villiersnot out114938
Extras1nb 0w 0b 1lb2
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Lakmal114131
Herath135161
D Perera156241
A Mendis90270
Vithanage40170
BBC

South Africa crumbled to 23-2 at tea—Alviro Petersen offered Rangana Herath a return catch in the second over after making just two and Dean Elgar was caught at short leg off Dilruwan Perera, having made a single.

Faf du Plessis and captain Hashim Amla launched a revival, but debutant keeper Niroshan Dickwella took a superb catch down the leg-side off Suranga Lakmal to dismiss the former for 36.

Amla (46) and AB de Villiers (11) saw the tourists through to stumps without further loss.

Sri Lanka earlier added 116 runs after resuming on 305-5 with Mahela Jayawardene run out for 165 after a direct hit from Petersen.

Imran Tahir finally picked up a wicket when Perera (12) picked out mid-on. Dickwella then missed out on a debut century as he was also run out with a direct hit for 72.

The tail failed to wag with Vernon Philander mopping up the final two wickets.

Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 421 all out (121.4 overs)
RunsMinutesBalls
Tharangac de Kockb Steyn112816
K Silvac de Villiersb Duminy4411673
Sangakkarac Tahirb Steyn01
M Jayawardenerun out (Petersen)165453284
Mathewsc de Kockb Duminy63164135
Vithanagec de Villiersb M Morkel136038
Dickwellarun out (de Kock)72193116
D Pererac Amlab Tahir124741
Herathnot out72714
A Mendisc de Kockb Philander21311
Lakmalc de Kockb Philander454
Extras3nb 0w 11b 14lb28
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Steyn225692
Philander21.47522
M Morkel266691
Tahir3341211
Duminy181802
Elgar1050
BBC

SA, who won the first Test in Galle, need to avoid defeat to usurp Australia at the summit of the rankings. 

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