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Perera spoils South African recovery in 2nd test

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Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera captured two wickets in three deliveries to spoil South Africa’s recovery on the third morning of the second cricket test, holding the visitors to 163-5 at lunch on Saturday.

Resuming the day on 98-3, South Africa captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers added 52 runs before Perera trapped De Villiers lbw for 37.

Bowling around the stumps, Perera straightened a delivery that caught the right-handed batsman in front of middle stump. De Villiers reviewed the decision unsuccessfully.

The dismissal ended a 79-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the visitors had been restricted to 71-3 on the second day.

Perera then bowled Quinton de Kock for 0 two deliveries later with a ball that drifted into the left hander.

Perera had figures of 3-40 at the break.

Amla, unbeaten on 77 with JP Duminy (3), was again left to rebuild the South African innings. The South African captain’s patient innings took more than four hours, 216 deliveries and six boundaries.

Sri Lanka made 421 in its first innings, with Mahela Jayawardene top-scoring with 165.

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