Sri Lanka fall in flurry of wickets in South Africa

Kagiso Rabada plundered Sri Lanka’s batting order. (AFP pic)

PORT ELIZABETH: Sri Lanka collapsed in a flurry of strokes on the second day of the second Test against South Africa on Friday as Kagiso Rabada plundered their batting order.

Rabada took four for 38 as the visitors were bowled out for 154 to give South Africa a first innings lead of 68 runs.

South Africa were ten for one wicket in their second innings at lunch, with Dean Elgar caught behind off Vishwa Fernando off the last ball before the interval.

In a frenetic start to the day, Sri Lanka scored 94 runs but lost six wickets in 17.4 overs.

Overnight batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha were dismissed in the first four overs of the morning after Sri Lanka resumed on 60 for three. They were followed by a succession of batsmen who played extravagant shots before perishing.

Kusal Perera, the hero of Sri Lanka’s surprise win in the first Test in Durban, thrashed two fours and an audacious six over extra cover in one over from Rabada before being caught behind in the fast bowler’s next over. He made 20 of 15 balls.

Dhananjaya de Silva struck four fours in making 19 of 24 balls and Niroshan Dickwella hit six fours and a six before he was the last man out for 42 of 36 deliveries.

Lasith Embuldeniya did not bat after undergoing surgery on Thursday after suffering a badly dislocated left thumb in trying to take a return catch off Rabada during South Africa’s first innings.