Dean Elgar hit his 13th century before Sri Lanka fought back on day two of the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers on Monday.
The experienced opener, unbeaten on 92 after the opening day on Sunday, went on to score 127 (163 balls, 22 fours) before his team stuttered and stumbled their way to 302 all out – an innings lead of 145.
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne`s unbeaten 91 off 116 balls (17 fours) then helped the Islanders to close the day on 150 for four. Karunaratne`s knock gave the visitors a lead of five at the end of the second day, a far more promising position than they may have foreseen on Sunday when the South Africans closed day one on a commanding 148 for one having dismissed Sri Lanka for 157 in the first essay.
On Day two, after good initial progress by Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen (67 off 127 balls, 12 fours), the Proteas lost their way badly by losing their last nine wickets for a poor 84.
The overnight pair extended their…