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Day two: Philander, Rabada decimate Sri Lanka

BY MARC JACOBSON - JANUARY 4, 2017
Day two: Philander, Rabada decimate Sri Lanka

After scoring 95 runs for the loss of their last four wickets, the Proteas were bowled out for 392 just before lunch on day two in their test match against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Tuesday.

De Kock, however managed to achieve the milestone of reaching his third Test century when scored he 101 before nicking the ball enough to carry to the wicket-keeper for a catch.

The Proteas saw two centurion scorers in their fold for the first innings with Dean Elgar (129) and de Kock (101), while the tail-enders produced a cheeky knock before the Proteas were dismissed.

Kyle Abbott went out in only the second over of the day with 16 after hitting some technical boundaries the day before (day one).

It was Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj however, after de Kock walked, who produced a 40-run partnership for the tail-end of South Africa's line-up upon which to extend our total. Philander ended up departing for 20 from another edge to Sri Lankan keeper, Dinesh Chandimal.

Kagiso Rabada then came in at 11 and made eight before departing, meaning Maharaj’s fine knock with three fours, left him scoring 32 not out. Worth mentioning was Lahiru Kumara’s exceptional bowling performance with figures of 6/122 in 25 overs.

On that point, however, the Sri Lankan batsmen stood no chance against a tenacious Protean bowling attack; determined to use significant seam and swing movement on the Newlands wicket as South Africa's pacers cut them well-short.

The stars were Philander and Rabada, as each took four wickets a piece with each dismissal well-beating the respective batsmen. Philander showed figures of 4/27 and Rabada 4/37, as they got Sri Lanka all out for just 110, meaning South Africa took a mammoth 282-run lead.

South Africa decided against taking a follow-on and Elgar and Stephen Cook took to the crease to score 35/0 at the close-of-play on day two – taking South Africa’s lead to 317 runs.

Vernon Philander expresses at the post-match press conference on the delight for his efforts on day two, as well as the fire Rabada showed after not reaping the awards after the PE test last week.

“KG [Kagiso] bowled a really good spell for us just after tea, and it really just set up the rest of the game for us – he has those moments in him; there’s still a lot to be seen in him and we hoping he can fire in the next test as well,” Philander said.

"You want to take wickets with the new ball and myself and Kyle [Abbott] did that really well, which set the tone for us – so I’m really glad to have reaped the awards this time,” Philander added.