Proteas crumble to Sri Lanka's spinners in Colombo

Proteas crumble to Sri Lanka's spinners in Colombo

However, Sri Lanka are on course for victory after bowling the tourists out for 124 in their first innings.

Cape Town - The Proteas were unable to come to terms with Sri Lanka's spin attack for the third innings in a row as they were bowled cheaply on the second day of the second Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday.

Keshav Maharaj struck twice to remove Gunathilaka and Dhananjaya da Silva, for a duck, but Karunaratne progressed smoothly at the other end to reach 59 while Angelo Mathews had 12.

The pain wasn't over for the Proteas though as Sri Lanka, electing not to enforce the follow-on, returned to the crease where they plundered the South African bowlers to finish with a 365-runs lead at stumps.

South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Saturday shattered a few records when he ripped through the Sri Lankan line-up in the first innings on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the SSC Stadium here.

Danushka Gunathilaka and Karunaratne completed their second half-centuries of the match putting together an opening partnership of 91 to go with their first innings effort of 116.

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Dananjaya took five wickets as South Africa crumbled to 124 all out.

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.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0, having won the first test by 278 runs.

Maharaj eventually took the wicket of Herath, who gloved a ball to a close fielder as he attempted to sweep.

To say that the day belonged to Dananjaya would not be an understatement for before he wrecked the South African batting and frustrated their bowlers on the field by batting for almost two hours to score a career best 43 not out off 91 balls (7 fours).

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