Sri Lanka dismiss Proteas for 126

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The Proteas highest fourth innings total in Sri Lanka is 251/7 when Jonty Rhodes and Clive Eksteen led a famous rearguard action at Moratuwa to secure a draw in the first ever Test between the two countries in 1993.

The visitors' batting fell apart against the spinners while responding to Sri Lanka's 287 in the first Test in Galle.

On the face of it the home side held an nearly impregnable position at stumps on day two with an overall lead of 272 runs with six second innings wickets intact and a full three days remaining in which to force a result.

There was some resistance for the seventh wicket with Proteas capatain Faf du Plessis (49 off 88 balls) and Vernon Philander (18) sharing a 64-run partnership. Catch live score and updates as Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st Test Day 2 continues in Galle.

Sri Lanka's openers Danushka Gunathilaka (10 not out) and Dimuth Karunaratne (15 not out) capitalised on this advantage as they stretched their team's lead without too much alarms.

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who got Aiden Markram for nought on Thursday, removed nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj for three in the third over of the day to set the tone for the hosts' domination in the morning session. Lakmal did not bowl at all until the 37th over of the innings, but was effective after lunch on day two, rattling the off-stump of du Plessis with a delivery that jagged in sharply.

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