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South Africa vs Sri Lanka
As a small spoke in the wheel of the smooth success that South Africa has been experiencing from their 1st two test encounters with Sri Lanka, on Day 2 of their 3rd such test, Sri Lanka had a bit of the spotlight shone on them in the person of Nuwan Pradeep, who snatched four of the seven remaining wickets in the first innings of the South Africans. This put a definite damper on any desire by South Africa to “coast” to the whitewash without so much as a challenge.
However, Pradeep’s challenge, though managing to “rock the boat” of the South African ship, did not cause them to capsize, as Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada grabbed the helm and steered their team back to stability, managing a partnership of 31 runs at around the 15th over.
On the other side of the innings, Pradeep’s efforts would be further undermined by the scathing assault launched by the same pair of Philander and Rabada, who claimed 2 wickets a piece, including opening batsman, Dimuth Kuranaratne, who was caught by Quinton de Kock off a ball from Philander, despite not having affected the scorecard. JK Silva then held on for 13 runs but was also caught by de Kock, following a stealthy delivery from Rabada.
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Sri Lanka, by the looks of it, bear signs of promise, as their bowling was impressive in its initial stages, and put a dent in their opponents armor. Therefore, a challenge to South Africa may be on the horizon, with no telling what the magnitude will be. South Africa will, in light of their close brush with death on Day 2, have to tighten up any loose ends in order to safeguard their wishes for a whitewash.