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Kusal Perera's awe-inspiring show in the first Test will give Sri Lanka a lot of confidence

We're back after Tea in PE.

TEA: Embuldeniya hurts his thumb while attempting to take a return catch that should've been taken. It would've been another wicket in the last over before the break. Rabada was handed a second life after being put down at slip earlier. Anyway, the bowler left the field immediately with South Africa going into the Tea break on 185/7. De Kock going strong and holding his end, unbeaten on 68. The stand between Rabada and de Kock is nearing 30. However, in this session, SA scored at a rate over 4 thanks to de Kock attacking. He was put down when on 37, but there was no looking back since. Join us on the other side for the final session.

DROPPED! The outside edge off Rabada's bat off the attempted drive went flying to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip. The fielder leapt straight up, in and out. Should've been eight down, but he couldn't hold on.

Meanwhile, de Kock gets to a half-century off 51 balls. Was very attacking from the onset and had led the stand with Markram. Has a lot resting on his shoulders if SA are to recover from 158/7.

Rajitha has wicket No.3! Maharaj edges to the 'keeper, getting an outside edge with the ball seaming a little bit. Sri Lanka are on top again after letting SA get away early in the session.

Rajitha has another. This time Mulder is trapped leg-before. Hits him plumb in front. Aleem Dar did not think twice. No review. The debutant falls for 9. South Africa - 145/6.

Debutant Wiaan Mulder comes to the middle. Gets going with an early boundary. Should ease the nerves a bit.

OUT! Markram falls after a very handy stand with de Kock. Trapped leg before for 60 by Rajitha. He reviews, but decision sticks with umpire's call after the ball is found clipping the bails. Came in from second-slip line into the body. Markram was hit on the back pad. The quickfire stand comes to an end.

100 up for South Africa. This has been a good session so far for South Africa. They've scored at a good, healthy rate, with Markram and de Kock looking in solid control. Fifty-run stand up between the two, and in just 54 balls.

Markram going on strong after the break. Gets to a half-century - his sixth Test fifty, first against Sri Lanka. Looked extremely comfortable in the middle.

We're back after lunch

LUNCH: Resurrection job done to perfection. Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram - or so you would've thought until the last over before lunch! The Sri Lankan skipper brings himself on, and strikes!! Yorker-length, just enough pace to get to the stumps and Faf departs for 25. The stand of 58 is broken and Sri Lanka go to Lunch after a top session. South Africa go into the break on 73/4.

After the early strikes, South Africa were reduced to 15/3, but thereafter, du Plessis and Markram put in the hard yards to play themselves in. No further damage was done until the last ball before lunch. What a session for Sri Lanka! Great start for them to the second Test.

Nice little attempt to resurrect the innings from Faf and Markram. The latter holding his end well having also scored bulk of the runs.

AND ANOTHER! Run-out this time! Markram didn't call; Bavuma set off... direct hit and GONE!! Bavuma falls for a duck. Well, well short. South Africa are 15/3.

Early strikes:

Having bowled deliveries outside-off that moved away from Elgar, Fernando gets one back in to beat the opener's defences and shatter the stumps. Amla follows the very next ball, bowled by a delivery that came into him. South Africa are 15 for 2.

Review lost:

Sri Lanka sought the DRS for a leg-before appeal after Fernando rapped Markram on the pads. However, it's a poor review as the ball had pitched well outside legstump.

A watchful start:

A watchful start from the South African openers, with the Sri Lankan new ball bowlers bowling testing lines. The bowlers have been targeting outside-off with teasing lines to the openers, who thus far have resisted. However, Fernando errs with his line in the fourth over, pitching it on Markram's pads who puts it away for the first four of the game.

Toss and teams:

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis wins the toss and opts to bat. One change - Wiaan Mulder handed his maiden Test cap as he replaces the injured Vernon Philander. Here's more on the 21-year-old all-rounder who's touted as the Heir to King Kallis' throne.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are unchanged.

South Africa (Playing XI): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Following a remarkable victory in the first Test in Durban, scripted by a terrific knock from Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka enter the second Test with an opportunity to make history - of becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa.

Despite their inexperience, the Sri Lankan bowling attack gave a good account of themselves in the opening Test, which should hold them in good stead heading into the second game. But they'll need their batsmen to step up and come up with a collective performance unlike what was on display in the first Test.

Meanwhile, the hosts will be smarting from the one-wicket loss and will look to hit back hard to square the series. Batting has been a big concern for South Africa in recent times, especially their top order, while the frequent collapses lower down the order haven't helped their cause either. Can they make amends for their shortcomings and come back with a clinical performance?

As we await the toss and the teams for this game, here's what to expect.

Also read:

Sri Lanka can dare to dream and believe again

Batting adversities root cause of South Africa's Durban shock

When Kusal Perera defied logic

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