Keshav Maharaj claimed the last Sri Lankan wicket to fall to produce the best figures by a South African since readmission. Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

COLOMBO – Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed South Africa’s best bowling figures since their return to Test cricket, taking 9/129 on Saturday.

But Sri Lanka’s 10th-wicket pair added 61 on Saturday to take their side to 338 all out in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

The last wicket partnership between Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath was worth 74 overall.

But Maharaj eventually dismissed Herath caught for 35. Dananajaya ended the innings on 43 not out on the second day in Colombo.

South Africa made a post-apartheid return to Test cricket in 1991. The 28-year-old Maharaj’s nine-wicket haul was also the best by a visiting bowler in Sri Lanka.

But disaster struck for the Proteas with the bat as they went into lunch on 19/3, trailing the hosts by 319 runs.

Spinner Akila Dananjaya started the rot by having Dean Elgar caught by Dhananjaya de Silva for a duck.

Dananjaya got his second as Theunis de Bruyn, strangely sent in at No 3 ahead of Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis, was out for three as wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella took the catch.

Then opener Aiden Markram missed an arm-ball from veteran tweaker Rangana Herath and was trapped lbw for seven, leaving the South Africans on the ropes at the break.

AFP, Staff Writer

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