Nortje hands Proteas control

Anrich Nortje produced his test career-best figures to help skittle Sri Lanka for just 157 in their first innings on day one of the second Betway test match at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Nortje ended with figures of 6-56, beating his previous best of 5-110 against England at this ground, after Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bat first. Dean Elgar (19 not out) and Aiden Markram (3 not out) then faced five overs from Vishwa Fernando (3-0-12-0) and debutant Asitha Fernando (2-0-10-0) to reach tea with South Africa on 22 without loss, a first innings deficit of 135.

Sri Lanka had been decimated in the morning session by Wiaan Mulder (7-3-25-3), who produced pre-lunch figures of 3-1 in just three overs, to reach lunch on 85 for four. Only Kusal Perera produced any form of resistance, clubbing 11 boundaries in his innings of 60.

South Africa struck early in the middle session with Nortje grabbing the wickets of Niroshan Dickwella (7) and Dasun Shanaka (4), both caught behind by Quinton de Kock. This left Sri Lanka on 110 for seven but a brief respite for the visitors came in the form of Wanindu Hasaranga (29) and Dushmantha Chameera (22) as the pair posted 39 runs for the eighth wicket.

However, Lutho Sipamla (9-3-27-1) broke the stand when he had Hasaranga caught behind by De Kock, who finished with five catches behind the stumps, before Nortje finished off the innings, having Chameera caught behind before clean-bowling Asitha Fernando, with the debutant’s middle stump being flattened.

Nortje’s post lunch figures of 6.3-2-23-4 backed up Mulder’s efforst in the morning session and coach Mark Boucher will not feel too much pain with Sipamla only bowling nine overs and Lungi Ngidi going wicketless for 44 runs in 10 overs.

Sri Lanka’s 40.3 over effort is the 15th time they have been bundled out for less than 200 on South African soil.

Elgar, who has already posted four boundaries, moved past 4000 test runs.

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