2nd Test: Sri Lanka reign in Colombo despite Maharaj milestone

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After their spinners had skittled out South Africa for just 124 in their first innings, Sri Lankan openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne put on a quickfire 91 to set the foundation for another strong score on the Colombo pitch.

Maharaj's nine wicket spree was South Africa's best in an innings since the country's post-apartheid return to Test cricket in 1991.

The hosts built up their domineering lead at the end of a day in which their 10th wicket pair added valuable runs to build a first innings of 338.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed the best test innings figures by a South African bowler since the country's readmission to global cricket in the second match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Saturday. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.

For South Africa, left arm-spinner Maharaj took his match-haul to 11 wickets but his team were in dire straits.

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Sri Lanka didn't enforce the follow-on.

Saturday was certainly not the first time down the years that the South Africans have been bewitched, bothered and bewildered by cunning deviations and unexpected drift of the ball on the island's capital. Stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal was not required to deliver a single ball.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis top-scored for his side with 48 off 51 balls, while Quinton de Kock also scored quickly with a counter-attacking 32 from 31, but no other batsman managed 20 or more.

The Proteas first innings lasted less than 35 overs as they were bowled out for 124 runs to leave them with a first innings deficit of 214 runs.


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