South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: Steyn takes four as South Africa build 170-run lead

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Dale Steyn finished with figures of 4-48 off 20 overs

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Dale Steyn took a four-wicket haul before South Africa forged a 170-run lead over Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test in Durban.

Starting off the day on 49/1, Sri Lanka only added two runs to their overnight score before debutant Oshada Fernando was trapped lbw off the bowling of Steyn for 19.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne managed to make 30 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Vernon Philander, who also took out Kusal Mendis for 12 runs.

Niroshan Dickwella mustered eight runs before he was caught by Steyn at third man off the bowling of Duanne Olivier.

Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva added 43 runs to the score before De Silva was sent packing by Kagiso Rabada for 23.

Suranga Lakmal was the next to go, while Kusal ended up making a 63-ball 51, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was removed by Steyn.

Kasun Rajitha was run out by Aiden Markram for 12 before Sri Lanka were bowled out for 191, which gave South Africa a 44-run lead, when debutant Lasith Embuldeniya was caught by Steyn at mid-off off the bowling of Rabada for 24.

Steyn was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rabada and Philander snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Olivier, he chipped in with one.

With a 44-run lead in hand, South Africa lost Markram early on as he was caught by Mendis at second slip for a 31-ball 28.

Hashim Amla only made 16 runs before he was caught by Lahiru Thirimanne at gully off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando.

Temba Bavuma failed to have an impact as well as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Embuldeniya for three runs.

Dean Elgar, who opened the batting with Markram, managed to score 35 before he was caught and bowled by Embuldeniya.

Captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock ensured South Africa didn’t lose anymore wickets as they amassed an unbeaten 31-run partnership before stumps was called.

Du Plessis finished on 25, which came off 56 balls and included four boundaries, while De Kock remained undefeated on 15, which came off 15 deliveries and included a boundary.

Embuldeniya was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Fernando and Rajitha claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 126/4 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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