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South Africa’s pace duo of Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada worked in tandem to slice through Sri Lanka’s top order after the Proteas posted a first innings total of 426 on the second day of the third Test in Johannesburg.
Starting off the day on 338/3, South Africa only added eight runs to their overnight score before debutant Duanne Olivier was caught behind off the bowling of Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for three runs.
Captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma fell within the space of three balls before Hashim Amla, who was playing in his 100th Test match, was on his way back to the pavilion after being caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.
Amla’s fantastic knock of 134 came off 265 balls and included 16 boundaries.
Philander failed to trouble the scorers, but wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and Wayne Parnell put together a 47-run stand before Parnell was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 23.
South Africa ended up being bowled out for 426 when De Kock was also removed by Kumara for 34.
Kumara and Pradeep picked up four wickets apiece, while Mathews chipped in with two.
Trailing by 426 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a horrible start as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander for a duck on the fourth ball of the innings.
Kaushal Silva and Kusal Mendis made up for the loss of Karunaratne with a 47-run partnership before Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for 13.
Rabada struck again soon after as he removed Mendis for 41, while Dhananjaya de Silva could only amass 10 runs before he became Philander’s second victim.
Having been jolted with three quick strikes, Mathews and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal managed to put together an unbeaten 11-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.
Mathews finished on 11 off 23 balls, which included one boundary, while Chandimal remained undefeated on three.
Philander and Rabada took two wickets apiece.
Sri Lanka ended day two on 80/4 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.