Wiaan Mulder claimed three wickets in two overs to have Sri Lanka reeling on 84 for five at lunch on day one of the second Betway test against South Africa at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Mulder walked into the dressing room to have something to eat with figures of 3-2-1-3 after Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bat first despite a tinge of green on the pitch.
Sri Lanka were doing quite well with Kusal Perera bringing up his sixth test fifty off just 54 balls after Anrich Nortje (8-1-33-2) had made the initial breakthrough, having Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind by Quinton de Kock for just two.
Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne then built a 52-run stand for the second wicket and looked to be comfortable with proceedings but enter Mulder. The bowling allrounder’s second over changed the flow of proceedings when he had Perera caught in the gully by Aiden Markram for 60, which came off just 67 balls and included 11 boundaries.
Four balls later and Mulder struck again when he had Kusal Mendis edging through to Rassie van der Dussen in the slip cordon. Mulder was swinging the ball beautifully and was rewarded with his third wicket in his third over, having Thirimanne caught by Faf du Plessis at second slip for just 17.
At 84 for four, Sri Lanka were trying to see out the morning session but Nortje came in for the last over before the lunch break and had the debutant, Minod Bhanuka caught by Van der Dussen for just five to trigger the lunch break with Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble.
Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka will resume the post-lunch session, both without score. Lungi Ngidi (7-3-25-0) and Lutho Sipamla (6-1-25-0) were the other bowlers to put pressure on the batsmen but without success.
**As published on Supersport.com