JOHANNESBURG: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne ensured his staff would keep away from an innings defeat but the tourists have been in a precarious posture at the stop of the second day of the 2nd and closing Exam against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.
The tourists had been 150 for four at the close in Johannesburg, a guide of five operates with 6 wickets remaining.
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Karunaratne, a person of five left-handers in the Sri Lankan top 6, manufactured 91 not out off 116 balls with 17 fours.
But there was only a single partnership of take note, 85 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored 31. They came with each other soon after Kusal Perera experienced been bowled with only 1 operate scored.
Quick bowler Lungi Ngidi took the initially three wickets to end the working day with 3 for 26, getting Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis caught down the leg facet by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off successive deliveries. It was the 3rd successive nought by Mendis.
Karunaratne’s innings continued a fightback which begun with the team’s bowlers, who limited South Africa’s initial innings lead to 145.
Vishwa Fernando took 5 for 101, his first five-wicket haul in Assessments, as South Africa ended up bowled out for 302, getting rid of their very last nine wickets for 84 operates.
South Africa’s collapse appeared not likely when Dean Elgar (127) and Rassie van der Dussen (67) scored 68 operates off 14 overs in the to start with hour of the working day.
Their next-wicket stand was well worth 184 before the mid-early morning drinks split brought a transform in fortunes, with both equally batsmen dismissed in the initial two overs immediately after drinks.
Elgar, who produced 95 in South Africa’s innings win in the initial Check at Centurion, completed his 13th Exam century just after starting off the day on 92. He strike 22 fours in a 163-ball innings.
Perera, who produced 64 and 60 in his previous two innings, was bowled for just one by a ball from Ngidi which swung in from about the wicket. But Karunatne and Thirimanne each batted with assurance right before Ngidi struck again.
Debutant Minod Bhanuka played a rash pull in opposition to the tempo of Anrich Nortje and was out for just one, with Keshav Maharaj getting a wonderful capture at midwicket, running various metres prior to diving total duration.
Niroshan Dickwella built 18 not out to survive with Karunaratne right until the close.