South Africa sent spinning towards defeat as Sri Lanka sense whitewash

South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Saturday shattered a few records when he ripped through the Sri Lankan line-up in the first innings on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the SSC Stadium here.

Offspinners Dilruwan Perera (4-40) and Dananjaya (5-52) shared nine wickets between them and veteran Rangana Herath claimed the 10th.

Dilruwan Perera enjoyed an eventful 36th birthday as he first spilled Dean Elgar and then twice dismissed the opener off no-balls before the finally sending him back for 37.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi (L) celebrates with captain Faf du Plessis (R) and his teammates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne (not pictured).

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Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 59 at stumps, his fourth successive 50-plus knock in the series, with Angelo Mathews on 12 at the other end.

Maharaj's 9-129 is the second best by a South African in tests, behind only Hugh Tayfield's 9-113 against England in 1957, but his success brought little cheer to a side battling their own spin vulnerabilities.

South Africa gave another deplorable display of batting against spin when they were shot out for 124 by tea replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 338. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.

Lakmal, the lone paceman in the Sri Lanka attack, did not bowl himself in the first innings and has yet to roll his arm in the second as his spinners wreaked havoc against the leaden-footed South Africans.

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