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,".

Watch the Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2 test telecast on these channels.

"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.

Related News:

  • Early dinner may lower risk of breast, prostate cancer

    Early dinner may lower risk of breast, prostate cancer

    The study was the first to analyse the association between cancer risk and the timing of meals and sleep. "Wear a seat belt". Though 7 percent of the subjects also had after-supper snacks, the study focused on full meals, Kogevinas said.
    Military parade requested by Trump initially estimated to cost $12M, official says

    Military parade requested by Trump initially estimated to cost $12M, official says

    The planned parade is meant to highlight the contributions veterans have made "throughout the history of the U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming military parade is expected to cost $12 million, a USA official told ABC News.
    Woods finds Open return a pain in the neck

    Woods finds Open return a pain in the neck

    The 18th has been called the scariest on The Open rota and is arguably the toughest finishing stretch in all championship golf. Rickie Fowler is looking to claim his first major championship at Carnoustie and keep the tradition alive.
  • Pakistan bat against Zimbabwe in fourth ODI

    Pakistan bat against Zimbabwe in fourth ODI

    The pair was eventually separated after adding 304 off 42 overs when Iman fell to Wellington Masakadza for a 122-ball 113. The record for the highest individual score was earlier held by Saeed Anwar, who had made 194 against India back in 1997.
    White House Insiders Were Furious Over Trump’s Russia Comments

    White House Insiders Were Furious Over Trump’s Russia Comments

    He read from a statement where he said he supported US intelligence that had found that Russian Federation had interfered. President Trump's relationship with President Putin is under increasing scrutiny, even by those on the right.
    Yemeni Unmanned Drone Strikes Aramco Oil Refinery in Saudi Capital

    Yemeni Unmanned Drone Strikes Aramco Oil Refinery in Saudi Capital

    A fire at a Saudi Aramco facility in Riyadh was caused by a Houthi drone attack, the Yemen rebels claimed on Wednesday. The Yemeni army backed by Ansarullah fighters has targeted oil facilities run by the Saudi oil giant, Aramco.
  • Trump invites Putin to USA as Democrats call for Helsinki details

    He mentioned London-based financier Bill Browder, a onetime investor in Russian Federation who said he exposed corruption there. It restated the USA intelligence community's assessment that Moscow did extensively interfere, and continues to interfere.
    Police found remains every day at suspected serial killer burial site

    Police found remains every day at suspected serial killer burial site

    The majority of the alleged victims were men with ties to Toronto's gay community, many of whom had been missing for years. She said dental comparisons and DNA screening could take several weeks to complete if deemed necessary.
    Researchers Warn Buried Internet Cables at Risk as Sea Levels Rise

    Researchers Warn Buried Internet Cables at Risk as Sea Levels Rise

    In a study published Monday, scientists examined the vulnerability of communication infrastructure to human-driven sea level rise. A complex network of fiber optic cables, the physical internet, carries data to and from your computer in the blink of an eye.
  • 'Several hurt' in stabbing on German bus

    'Several hurt' in stabbing on German bus

    Witnesses told the paper that the attack happened in Kücknitz neighborhood on a public bus en route to Travemünde. Authorities have not yet confirmed the suspect's motive, but prosecutors said they had not ruled out terrorism.
    Putin Receives Invitation From Trump to Visit Washington Despite Summit Uproar

    Putin Receives Invitation From Trump to Visit Washington Despite Summit Uproar

    The issue, titled "The Summit Crisis", comes in the wake of the two leaders' controversial meeting in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Bloomberg said Putin was proposing a ballot of residents on the status of the two territories, carried out under global auspices.
    Trump expects 'big results,' including North Korea, after Putin summit

    Trump expects 'big results,' including North Korea, after Putin summit

    But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past remarks casting doubt on Russia's role. Facing anger upon his return stateside Trump sought to walk back his remarks in an extraordinary postscript to the meeting.


Most liked

New York State Opens Tax Probe Into Trump Foundation
The current investigation deals with possible violations of New York State tax laws, but details have yet to come out. Trump famously refused to reveal the information in his tax returns while he was running for office.

The EU suggests Theresa May's Brexit plans could be illegal
It has now also been criticised by May's rebel hardline Brexiteer Conservative MPs. Several other junior ministers have also resigned. You have to prepare yourself for no agreement.

Trump ready to put tariffs on $500B of Chinese imports, report
The Trump administration has also angered key allies by imposing tariffs of steel and aluminum imports earlier this year. China imports only $129.9 billion of United States goods, which leaves it little room for a tit-for-tat response.

Cats Movie Cast Revealed to Include Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and More
The stage version is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London's West End. Hooper has been prepping the project for two years and it is set to shoot in the United Kingdom this fall.

IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games
Beijing will also represent the highest number of women at an Olympic Winter Games and the highest number of events. In parallel, the event programme and athlete quotas for existing sports will also be finalised in December 2020.

Suspect detained in killing of Olympic figure skating star Denis Ten
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach reacted to news by praising him on both professional and personal levels. Kazakh news agencies report Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who tried to steal a mirror from his vehicle .

No confidence motion: PM Modi calls for disruption-free debate in House
We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. "India will be watching us closely", the Prime Minister said. Congress, the main opposition party, has been allocated 38 minutes to present its views on the motion.

Charlie Adam Aims A Dig At Liverpool New-Boy Xherdan Shaqiri
Needless to say, Adam's brutally honest comments about Shaqiri have sparked quite a reaction social media... Shaqiri has been heavily criticised for his role in Stoke's relegation.

Trump Offers New Boast of Successful Meeting with Putin
The tweet was part of a stream of messages Trump issued on Wednesday morning as he defended his meeting with the Russian autocrat. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Mr Putin.

Trump criticizes Federal Reserve, breaking long-standing practice
The Fed has raised interest rates five times since Trump took office in January 2017, extending the campaign it began in 2015. Trump called Powell "a very good man" but worries that the work the administration has done will be nullified, CNBC reported.

'Ready to Go' With Tariffs on $500B of Chinese Imports
In Europe, the FTSE 100 dropped half a per cent in minutes after the comments and Germany's DAX suffered a similar fall. Trump told CNBC in an interview broadcast Friday, referring to USA trade with China.

‘Oddball’ among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter
It has such a unique orbit it is at risk of smashing into the others - causing a cosmic collision that will grind them to dust. Two of the discoveries are part of an inner group in the prograde that orbit in the same direction as the planet's rotation.

Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans
Trump has since sought to clean up his comments , saying he "accepts" the US intelligence findings ― though he's also walked back that stance .

40 per cent of people have a fictional 'first' memory
The earliest memories that many of us treasure so dearly may never have happened, according to a new scientific study. However, the scientists are unsure which age group is most susceptible to these fabricated first memories, she added.

Maya Moore passes up captain duties at WNBA All-Star Game
She might have been snubbed once again if the league adhered to picking East and West All-Star teams as it had in previous years. Moore was voted a captain by receiving the most votes, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties.