Sri Lankan top-order wilt against Proteas pace
Sri Lanka's top order batting wilted against South Africa's fast bowling attack on the second day of the first Test at St George's Park
South African bowler Vernon Philander (R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's batsman Dinesh Chandimal (L) during the second day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 27, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
Port Elizabeth: Sri Lanka's top order batting wilted against South Africa's fast bowling attack on the second day of the first Test at St George's Park on Tuesday. At close on Day Two, the visitors were 181-7 after being 104-5 at tea in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 286.
The day started well for Sri Lanka when fast bowler Suranga Lakmal took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, finishing with five for 63, as South Africa lost their last four wickets for 19 runs.
Any sense of achievement the Sri Lankans might have felt was quickly swept away as South African opening bowlers Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott ripped into their batting.
Both gained appreciable movement through the air and off the pitch. The first three wickets fell for 22 runs before captain Angelo Mathews joined a patient Kaushal Silva to add 39 runs for the fourth wicket.
South Africa 1st Innings 286 (JP Duminy 63, S Cook 59; RA Lakmal 5-63, R Herath 2-48) vs Sri Lanka 1st Innings 181-7 (KD de Silva 43*, A Mathews 39; V Philander 3-35, K Abbott 2-49)
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