South Africa, who were troubled by injury due to multiple players, were all out for 157 after South Africa strengthened their position by scoring 148 for one in the first innings of the second Test match till the opening day’s play ended here on Sunday. Have done. Openers Dean Elgar 92 and Rasi van der Dussen were playing for 40 at the time of the stumps.
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Sri Lanka’s entire team could play only 40.3 overs. Opener Kusal Mendis gave Sri Lanka a good start by scoring 60 off 67 balls. The team was in a good position after scoring 71 for one wicket after the initial 20 overs, but their innings collapsed after Mulder was dismissed by Mulder.
22-year-old Mulder sent Sri Lanka into trouble after striking important wickets of Kusal Mendis (0) and Lahiru Tirimane (17) in the same over after sending Perera to the pavilion.
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At lunch, the team scored 84 runs for five wickets in 24 overs. Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first, but Norje gave South Africa a good start by catching captain Dimuth Karunaratne (two runs) behind the wicket. He also introduced debutante Minod Bhanuka in the first season of the day.
Norje scored his best Test career with four wickets from the last five. Elgar got South Africa off to a solid start after bundling Sri Lanka cheaply. In addition to scoring 16 fours in a 119-ball unbeaten innings, he shared a 34-run partnership for the first wicket with Aiden Markram (five). Sri Lanka’s only success was made by debutant Asita Fernando.
Sri Lanka, struggling with injured players, had to make four changes for this match. The team went into the match without batsman Dinesh Chandimal, all-rounder Dhananjay De Silva and fast bowlers Kasun Rajita and Lahiru Kumara. They have been replaced by Tirimane, Bhanuka, Dusmant Chamira and Fernando in the playing XI.
Apart from batsman Bhanuka, this is also the first Test match for fast bowler Fernando. South Africa have not made any changes in their team. In this way, he did not keep fit fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in the playing eleven in view of the upcoming series against Pakistan and Australia.