Proteas opening batsman Dean Elgar put up some resistance to Sri Lanka bowling attack as he knocked 92 runs after facing 119 balls on the first day of the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.
At stumps, the Proteas were 148 for one from 37 overs with Aiden Markram’s wicket down. Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen, who was 40 not out from 82 balls, will resume on Monday morning.
The Sri Lankans were bowled out for 157 runs in 40.3 overs with Kusal Perera being the only one with a decent score. This is Sri Lanka’s second lowest score against the Proteas as they were bowled out for 95 at Newlands in 2001.
Perera knocked 60 runs – 11 boundaries – off 67 deliveries before he became one of Wiaam Mulder’s three victims courtesy of a Markram catch.
Meanwhile, Proteas bowler Anrich Nortje was in mean mood with the ball and became the chief destroyer taking six wickets for 56 in 14.3 over during Sri Lanka’s first innings.
This is Nortje’s career best, which improved from his previous figures of five for 110 against England at the same Johannesburg venue.