The Way Seems Dark for Sri Lanka
The Way Seems Dark for Sri Lanka, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel of the Tests for Sri Lanka, as today's 4th day display in the 2nd test, saw South Africa stretching their lead even further, to the point of no return, indicating that South Africa is now well poised to claim a second win in as many tests when facing Sri Lanka this year.
South Africa had completed an easy knock of 224 for 7 when they decided to declare, giving Sri Lanka the most outside chance ever of trying to recover form and bat out their innings. However, as was expected, this was a battle for which Sri Lanka was not prepared, a fact which saw them ending the day on 130 for 4.
Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada were at it again in true form, as they swept through the Sri Lankan defense, inhibiting their runmaking to the extent that none could score above 29 runs, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis being dismissed for 6 and 4 runs respectively.
However, there were gloomy elements to the shine of the South Africans, with Hashim Amla robbed of the opportunity to pull off the feat of accumulating an impressive score in his 100th test batting. Instead of this, he had to settle for being caught for ducks before lunch time.
Questions loom as to why South Africa chose to save Sri Lanka from the follow on, which perhaps could have acted as a saving grace for Amla and others, with greater preparation time and focus, along with the confidence of bowling Sri Lanka out in short order.
Despite the challenges of the day, South Africa surge on ahead into what, barring a miracle, seems like a second such test being decided in their favour.