South Africa was put ahead by Anrich Nortje and Dean Elgar against Sri Lanka

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Second Test Day 1: Sri Lanka 157; Nortje scores career-best six runs for South Africa 148-1

As the home side established an early lead against Sri Lanka on the first day of the second test, South African seamer Anrich Nortje picked up a career-best six runs and opener Dean Elgar helped him with an unbeaten 92. Nortje took full advantage of the seamer-friendly conditions at Wanderers Stadium, picking up six runs for 56 out of 14. After the first Covid Test in Sri Lanka, England must be quarantined.Read moreElgar set about consolidating the lead when he came near a century at the end of the match tantalizingly, taking South Africa for one wicket to 148 – just nine runs behind. In the final half-hour of the match, Elgar, resisting the temptation to press for his century, established an unbeaten partnership of 114 runs along with Rassie van der Dussen for the second wicket. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, losing Captain Dimuth Karunaratne cheaply to Nortje’s rising ball, while Kusal Perera returned to domestic bowling. In the last two sets of matches between the two nations, Perera, who had a golden series against South Africa, raced to a half-century in just 54 balls.

But he was brought down on 60 by one too many loose shots, sparking a procession of batsmen to and from the wicket. Late in the home attack, Seamer Wiaan Mulder picked up three wickets in 11 balls to ensure Sri Lanka fell to 80 for four, after which Nortje pocketed daily victims to complete his second five-wicket test haul. The only South African dismissed in response was Aiden Markram, caught for five, while debutant Asitha Fernando picked up his first Test scalp. It took 26 balls for the prudent Van der Dussen to score his first run, but in the final session he upped the scoring pace and will be back in contention for 40 on Monday. South Africa won last week’s first test in Pretoria by an innings and 45 runs and will look to win the short series 2-0.

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