South Africa hits back in 1st test, Sri Lanka 133-6

South Africa hits back in 1st test, Sri Lanka 133-6

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's pace bowlers hit back Thursday in the first test to leave Sri Lanka at 133-6 in its first innings and still 102 runs behind at lunch on Day 2.

Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander took two wickets each and Kagiso Rabada struck on what turned out to be the last ball of the session as Sri Lanka's steady start fell away at Kingsmead.

Sri Lanka had South Africa all out for 235 on the opening day, then made it to stumps on 49-1.

But Steyn removed debutant Oshada Fernando lbw for 19 in the third over of the second day and Philander had new Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne out, also lbw, for 30 in the fourth over. Sri Lanka was struggling after that.

Kusal Perera was still there on 37 not out but there were only bowlers to come and Sri Lanka was still some way behind.

Sri Lanka's inexperienced bowlers made use of the helpful Durban pitch to bowl South Africa out cheaply on the opening day. Seamers Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha, with only seven tests of experience between them coming into the game, shared seven wickets but the momentum swung on the second day.


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Updated : 2021-04-17 19:12 GMT+08:00