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Sri Lanka close in on Proteas series sweep

Sri Lanka close in on Proteas series sweep

After being outshone by the off-spinners Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera in the first innings, Herath showed his class to close out the match and series with 6/98 off 32.5 overs.

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.

South Africa's batting struggles on its tour of Sri Lanka continued as it slumped to 19 for three at lunch on day two of the second cricket test at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds in Colombo on Saturday.

Earlier resuming the day on 277 for nine, Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa with a dogged 74-run stand for the final wicket before Maharaj struck when the latter was caught behind for 35.

Dimuth Karunaratne made 85 - the third time in four innings he has top-scored for Sri Lanka - while Angelo Mathews completed a 29th career half-century before eventually being dismissed for 71.

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Team South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Shaun von Berg, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Temba Bavuma.

Watch the Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd test Day 3 telecast on these channels. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.

The 40-year-old left-arm spinner drew Bavuma on the front-foot to edge a sharply turning delivery to Niroshan Dickwella behind the stumps. South Africa has not lost a series to Sri Lanka since 2006.

Maharaj's figures put him behind Hugh Tayfield's 9-113 against England in 1957 in the list of South Africa's best bowling figures in Test cricket.


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