Sri Lanka counterattacked after a 184-run stand between Elgar and Lassie van der Dussen
lunch South Africa 256 for 5 (Bavuma 7 *, Mulder 7 *) read Sri Lanka 157 x 99 run
Sri Lanka partially returned to the second test with 23 runs and 4 wickets in the second hour of the second day. But even the passage of that play may not be so important unless a faster ticket gate arrives after lunch.South Africa has already built a lot of ground Dean Elgar127 and Rassie van der Dussen’s 67 (finally the partnership was worth 184) are 99 runs ahead of Sri Lanka, leaving five wickets. Meanwhile, Wian Mulder and Temba Bavma both started the innings without hassle.
Elgar began the morning on the 92nd, ending the century with five overs that day, thrashing a short, wide ball with four points. He had been in the previous game for 95 years, but was cautious and determined through a tricky early over on Monday while Van der Dussen lived a more dangerous life. It was Elgar’s 13th Testton, who quickly scored on the first day and completed it from the 133rd delivery he faced. After reaching three digits, he proceeded at the same pace, punishing the bowler in an arc from cover to mid-on when he overpitched.
In fact, until Elgar was fired, the second ball after drinking was almost a false stroke. Seeing a straight-length ball just outside the stump of Dushmantha Chameera, he pushed it out with a stiff hand and sent an edge to the slip.
Van der Dussen was lucky early in the day. On the 44th, he evaded Ashita Fernando, but was dropped by Ksar Mendis, who couldn’t fully seize the tough chance, and jumped to the right side in full length. He also filed complaints that Sri Lanka wasted reviews, being hit on the pad more often than Elgar.
He quickly moved into his half-century as his own drive helped advance the score-the pair led South Africa in the first five overs. He was out in a somewhat unfortunate way when he tried to pull a short legside delivery from Dasun Shanka and offered a catch to wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella. This was over after Elgar was fired.
Impressive in his role in the fourth season, Shanaka had Fuff du Presis caught by Dikwella with an away seaming ball after four overs, after which Vishwa Fernando made Quinton de Kock second from the thick edge. This time it was moved to the slip and held by Mendis. Bavma and Mulder successfully saw the remaining five overs of the session.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is a Sri Lankan correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @afidelf
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