Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj takes 9-129 against Sri Lanka

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj takes 9-129 against Sri Lanka

But this will likely have only delayed the South Africans' first series defeat by Sri Lanka since 2006. They are in a strong position to push for a win that would give them a 2-0 whitewash of the two-Test series with three more days left in the match.

Temba Bavuma, who came to the crease with Dananjaya on a hat-trick, remained 14 not out.

Dilruwan Perera (4-40) then joined the rout as South Africa lost all 10 wickets to the Sri Lankan spinners.

Theunis de Bruyn grabbed the opportunity to fill the key No. 3 batting position on his sub-continent debut to keep the Proteas alive on the fourth day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday. Dananjaya who is classed as an off-spinner but bowls several varieties of deliveries including leg-spin, googly, carom ball and "doosra" confounded the hapless South African batsmen to finish with figures of 5 for 52 off 13 overs - his second five-for in a short three-Test career.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi (L) celebrates with captain Faf du Plessis (R) and his teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne (not pictured).

Steyn has been tied with Shaun Pollock at the top of his country's wicket-takers' list since the first Test in Galle, with 421 dismissals.

Keshav Maharaj, who took 9-129 in Sri Lanka's first-innings 338, struck in successive overs to remove Gunathilaka (61) and Dhananjaya de Silva (0).

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