Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1

Keshav Maharaj celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka

Sri Lanka opts to bat.

Rangana Herath warned South Africa on Thursday to expect yet more spin in the second Test after the visitors were skittled for their lowest total since their readmission to worldwide cricket. They were bundled out for 126 in the first innings - itself largely thanks to Faf du Plessis's 49 - and then succumbed to their lowest total since readmission when Dilruwan Perera's 6/32 restricted them to just 73.

The left-arm Maharaj's first eight-for in 22 Tests hurt Sri Lanka with regular strikes after a 116-run opening stand between Danushka Gunathilaka, who hit 57, and Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 53. "It will be more of a spin-friendly surface", the 40-year-old veteran spinner said ahead of the final Test starting on Friday in Colombo.

And in the last session, he came out all guns blazing as the hosts lost six wickets with only Dhananjaya de Silva putting up some resistence with his 60-run knock. "He couldn't bowl in Galle, but he is certainly ready to bowl during games", Herath told reporters.

"If it doesn't rain, then we will have a risky weapon in our fast bowlers".

Afterwards, du Plessis, the South Africa captain, said, "we've only ourselves to blame,".

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"It is never easy winning away from home".

"Accolades mean a lot more when you can win a Test match, so hopefully in the second innings I can put in another performance and be on the winning end of it", he said. "It's tough and that's what the best teams do. We need to get to that number one position in Test cricket". But now, in Sri Lanka, where tracks are created to have the opposite effect - to exacerbate Herath's threat, Maharaj has a chance to watch the master left-arm spinner in his natural habitat, and perhaps pick up a few tricks.

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