Sri Lanka`s spinners took two early wickets to reduce South Africa to 23 for two in reply to the hosts` 421 at tea on the second day of the second test on Friday. Left-armer Rangana Herath, who opened the bowling, struck with his fifth ball when he forced Alviro Petersen to hit back a tame return catch with his score on two.
Graeme Smith`s South Africa will seek to cross what has become the final frontier for the country`s Test squad when they take on Australia in the series-deciding third and final Test at Newlands from Saturday.
South Africa will reportedly need to keep ahead of the weather conditions if they want to win the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth to level the series with a strong chance of rain for much of the scheduled fifth day`s play on Monday continuing to characterise weather forecasts.
South African all-rounder Dean Elgar has said that he was motivated to make a big score on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth on Thursday by the news of his contract not being renewed by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has said that his team is happy with their position in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth, where the hosts struggled to 5-214 when bad light forced stumps seven overs early.