After turning their overnight 289 for seven into 338, Sri Lanka dismissed the hosts for 168, with Chanaka Welegedara taking five wickets and Rangana Herath four, before reaching seven for one second time around for an overall lead of 177. An eventful day started with Test debutant Marchant de Lange taking the remaining Sri Lanka wickets to fall and finishing with figures of seven wickets for 81 runs, with Thilan Samaraweera the last man out for 102.
The hosts were soon in trouble when they slipped to 27 for three. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers steadied things, carrying their team to a score of 100 for three at tea, but they were only able to add three runs to the total before de Villiers was out for 25. That sparked a slump which saw the home side lose seven men for 68 runs, with only Amla going past 50 before being dismissed for 54.
South Africa took a wicket with the ninth ball of Sri Lanka’s second innings when Steyn tempted Dilshan into a shot which was caught by Smith.
SECOND TEST MATCH (Durban) Sri Lanka 338 (TT Samaraweera 102, LD Chandimal 58, M de Lange 7-85) & 7-1 v South Africa 168 (HM Amla 54, UWMBCA Welegedara 5-52, HMRKB Herath 4-49).