Sri Lanka reign in Colombo despite Maharaj milestone

At the break, South Africa trailed Sri Lanka by 319 runs on the first innings, with seven wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka took a stranglehold of the second Test after their spinners Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera had bowled South Africa out for mediocre 124 runs in the first innings on the second day at the SSC ground yesterday.

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.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis top scored with 48 runs.

At the wickets were Dimuth Karunaratne on 59 not out and Angelo Mathews on 12 not out. Sri Lanka's spinners took all 20 wickets in the match, to finish the series with 37 of South Africa's 40 wickets.

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Lakmal, the lone paceman in the Sri Lanka attack, did not bowl himself in the first innings and has yet to roll his arm in the second as his spinners wreaked havoc against the leaden-footed South Africans.

Maharaj's 9-129 is the second best by a South African in tests, behind only Hugh Tayfield's 9-113 against England in 1957, but his success brought little cheer to a side battling their own spin vulnerabilities.

Keshav Maharaj posted South Africa's best figures since they were readmitted to worldwide cricket in 1991 by taking 9-129 against Sri Lanka.

Dananjaya was left stranded on 43 not out, his career best score.

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