Durban: Fast bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa claimed a 170-run lead on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead on Thursday.
The home side will now be lookingk to set a target that will be beyond Sri Lanka’s brittle batting line-up on a wicket that is providing plenty of assistance for the seam bowlers.
Kusal Perera (51) was the only one of the Sri Lankan batsmen to reach a half-century before he became Steyn’s fourth victim, caught by substitute fielder Zubayr Hamza at deep extra cover.
The tourists resumed their innings on 49 for one on the second morning, but were soon in trouble as Dale Steyn (4-48) struck the opening blow when he trapped Oshada Fernando (19) leg before wicket.
The wily seam of Vernon Philander (2-32) then removed Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (30) with the same mode of dismissal.
The visitors had added only four to their overnight score by then, and were reeling when Philander induced an edge from Kusal Mendis (12) to Faf du Plessis at second slip.
Niroshan Dickwella (8) top-edged Duanne Olivier to Steyn at a fine third-man to be the fifth wicket to fall as Sri Lanka’s middle-order threatened to crumble.
Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) added 43 for the sixth wicket with some attacking stroke-play, but their promising partnership ended on the stroke of lunch when the latter was caught by Olivier in the deep off Kagiso Rabada.
The procession of wickets continued after lunch, with debutant Lasith Embuldeniya (23) providing some resistance before he was the last man out, caught by Steyn at mid-off to give Rabada a second wicket.
South Africa were bowled out for 235 on day one as Quinton de Kock top-scored with a fine 80. Seamer Vishwa Fernando (4-62) was the picking of the tourists’ attack.
In reply, South Africa were 126-4 at stumps, with Dean Elgar (35), A Markram (28), Hashim Amla (16) and T Bavuma (3) all walking before the end of play.
South Africa 1st innings 235 all out
Sri Lanka 1st innings
F. Karunaratne lbw b Philander 30
H. Thirimanne c De Kock b Steyn 0
B. Fernando lbw b Steyn 19
B. Mendis c Du Plessis b Philander 12
M. Perera c sub b Steyn 51
N. Dickwella c Steyn b Olivier 8
D. De Silva c Olivier b Rabada 23
R. Lakmal c Markram b Steyn 4
L. Ambuldeniya c Steyn b Rabada 24
C. Rajitha run out 12
M. Fernando not out 1
Extras (b3, lb3, w1) 7
Total 191 all out (59.2 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-51, 3-53, 4-76, 5-90, 6-133, 7-142, 8-152, 9-184, 10-191
Bowling: Steyn 20-7-48-4, Philander 10-2-32-2, K Rabada 12.2-2-48-2, Olivier 13-2-36-1, Maharaj 3-0-16-0, Elgar 1-0-5-0
South Africa 2nd Innings
D Elgar c & b Ambuldeniya 35
A Markram c Mendis b Rajitha 28
H Amla c Thirimanne b MVT Fernando 16
T Bavuma lbw b Ambuldeniya 3
F. Du Plessis not out 25
Q. De Kock not out 15
Extras (lb2, nb1, w1) 4
Total 126/4 (37 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-70, 3-77, 4-95
Bowling: Lakmal 9-1-25-0, Fernando 9-1-32-1, Rajitha 7-1-31-1, Ambuldeniya 12-1-36-2