Centurion - AB de Villiers fell for 99 but still
helped South Africa to 389-9 and a commanding 209-run lead over Sri
Lanka in the first Test on Friday.
De Villiers was caught by
substitute fielder Dimuth Karunaratne off Thisara Perera one short of a
13th Test century, but his third straight half-century ensured South
Africa was in control of the series opener at stumps on Day 2 at
Sri Lanka was bowled out for 180 on Thursday.
Villiers shared a 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Ashwell
Prince (39) as South Africa eventually broke free from a stubborn Sri
Lankan bowling effort.
A 39-run last-wicket stand between Mark
Boucher, who was 42 not out, and Imran Tahir (23 not out) then rammed
home South Africa's advantage in the last hour of play.
3-114 and took two early wickets as the tourists reduced South Africa
to 173-5 before De Villiers and Prince came together.
Chanaka Welegedara returned 2-87, but frontline seamer Dilhara Fernando
struggled and was wicketless on the second day.
De Villiers and
Prince added 84 before tea in a valuable sixth-wicket partnership as the
match slowly swung back toward the Proteas, who dominated on Day 1 but
were forced to work hard on a lively pitch on Friday morning.
South Africa 90-1 overnight, nightwatchman Dale Steyn was run out in
the second over of the day and Hashim Amla (18) and opener Jacques
Rudolph (44) removed in an impressive, probing morning spell by Perera.
Kallis hit five fours in a commanding start, but was then struck on the
helmet as he ducked into a delivery from Dilhara Fernando (1-115) just
before lunch and dismissed early in the afternoon for 31.
fell to Angelo Mathews (1-13) to break the crucial stand with De
Villiers, but at 270-6, South Africa had re-established its advantage in
Centurion in the first of three Tests after firing out Sri Lanka
cheaply on a bouncy, seaming pitch on Day 1.
De Villiers hit 12
fours to continue his strong run of form after he made 64 and 73 in
South Africa's last Test, against Australia at Johannesburg last month.
drove straight down the ground and to the boundary to move to 99 but
tried to cut Perera's next ball away on the off side and was caught low
down by Karunaratne, who snapped up the ball just above the grass at
De Villiers preferred not to send the catch to a
video review, but rather asked Karunaratne if he had taken it cleanly
and walked off at his home ground after the fielder confirmed the catch
Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher hit six fours to move to the
brink of a half-century and No 11 Tahir had four boundaries as South
Africa added late runs and pushed toward 400.Teams
South Africa - Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim
Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk),
Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Sri Lanka - Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Tharanga Paranavitana,
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo
Mathews, Kaushal Silva (wk), Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Dilhara
Fernando, Chanaka Welegedara.