Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj takes 9-129 against Sri Lanka

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj takes 9-129 against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have taken total control of the second cricket test against South Africa after their spinners knocked over the Proteas' batting line-up in the first innings.

Till date, only Englishman Jim Laker (10/53) and former India skipper Anil Kumble (10/74) have picked all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. His effort is also the best against the Islanders by any opposition bowler.

Sri Lanka, who made 338 in the first innings, were 151-3 at stumps after deciding not to impose follow-on against the tourists who now stare at the possibility of a second successive test defeat inside three days.

Sri Lanka ended the day with an emphatic lead of 365 runs.

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Theunis de Bruyn's maiden Test century could not prevent Sri Lanka from completing a 2-0 whitewash, and the hosts' first series win over South Africa since 2006, shortly after lunch on the fourth day of the second Test here at the SSC.

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 59 at stumps with Angelo Mathews on 12.

South Africa once again proved their weakness against off-spin that saw Perera finish with figures of 4 for 40 to go with his match bag of ten at Galle. Amla took a single off the drop catch to bring up 9000 test runs, becoming the third South African to the landmark after Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith.

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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