Even before starting the proceedings of Day 2, Sri Lanka took a huge blow as Dhananjaya de Silva was ruled out of the series. However, an eventful day of Test cricket followed that saw the home side, South Africa, responding sturdily after Sri Lanka’s record score in the nation. Resuming at 340 for 6 from the previous day, the visiting party could not manage to add too much as Lutho Sipamla ran through their lower order in the morning to register a four-wicket haul. The debutant started ominously on Day 1 as he leaked runs with the new ball before he finally got a breakthrough later in the day.
The second morning, however, brought about a change in his fortunes as he knocked over Wanindu Hasaranga and Vishwa Fernando, whereas Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara fell to him early as well before Sri Lanka was wrapped up for a healthy total of 396. South Africa’s openers played circumspectly as they finished 46 for no loss at Lunch.
Openers reprimand unruly bowlers
Coming back after the break, both the openers got their eyes in and went on to punish the opponent bowlers who lacked discipline and failed to get their lines and lengths right. Giving quite a few freebies, they allowed both Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar to get the scoreboard moving quickly. The most highlighting aspect of the 144-run opening stand between Markram and Elgar was the pace at which the accumulated runs, as they added those many in only 177 deliveries. Having lost a solitary wicket of Markram (68 from 94), who notably slammed 14 fours in his knock before perishing to Fernando, it turned out to be an excellent session for the Proteas who went to Tea trailing by 216 runs, with Dean Elgar unbeaten on 86.
Sri Lanka’s fightback before Plessis-Bavuma’s resistance
Things blew towards Sri Lanka in the third session of the day as they staged an incredible fightback. A slight ray of hope for Sri Lanka came in the 42nd over, when Rassie van der Dussen gave the thinnest of edge to a Lahiru Kumara delivery moving slightly away from. In the immediately following over, Elgar (95 from 130) fell just 5 short of his 13th Test ton as he gave a return catch to Dasun Shanaka, who held on to a brilliant reflex catch diving towards left. The Proteas were soon reduced to 220/4 as skipper Quinton de Kock was undone by a ripper from Wanindu Hasaranga, who claimed his maiden wicket.
Sri Lanka’s hope of running into the host’s lower-order, however, was dented by an unbeaten 97-run stand between Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma, who both tackled the charged up bowlers with confidence and stood unbeaten at 55 and 41, respectively. Trailing only by 79 with two well-set batsmen on the crease, South Africa’s foremost aim would be to try at least a couple of sessions before they put their bowlers to the task again.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Fair to call this NotOut 👀?!!
— Karthik Rao (@Cric_Karthikk) December 28, 2020
— Shaa Sampanther (@iamshaa_s) December 28, 2020
Kasun Rajitha the will not take further part in the match, probably out of the series too.#SAVSL
— Jegan Ganeshan (@imjeganG) December 28, 2020
— Awais Manzur Sumra (@AwaisMSumra) December 28, 2020
— Riaz 🇿🇦🔰🔴⚫⚪ (@RiazHamed2) December 28, 2020
— Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) December 28, 2020
— Dulitha (@dulithanw) December 27, 2020
Why is Rameez Raja commentary for #SAvSL test series ?
— Umair (@umairaslam86) December 27, 2020
I really want a Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma 100 tomorrow 🥺🥺!
And throw in a Maiden Test 50 for Mulder 🏏!
Touch wood, not jinxing anyone !!
I just have dreams 🥺🇿🇦 🏏!! #SAVSL
— RetireWithKobus (@JvrensburgKobus) December 27, 2020
He publicly said he supported and confidently took a knee. He raised his fist. And he scored a half century today against Sri Lanka. He is white male cricketer Faf du Plessis who demonstrated showing solidarity with #blacklivesmatter won’t make you less of a performing cricketer pic.twitter.com/BB4vKnyLB7
— cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) December 27, 2020
— Faf Du Plessis Fanatic (@im_Sandy13) December 27, 2020
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