Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test: Records Break as Keshav Maharaj Gets 9 Wickets, Hashim Amla Reaches 9000 Run Mark
Keshav Maharaj and Hashim Amla (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Sri Lanka and South Africa are currently playing the second test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. The second test match turned out to be full of records for South African cricketers. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka elected to bat. The first innings was wrapped up on 338 runs. It was the South African spinner Keshav Maharaj snapped 9 wickets and thus became the first player from his country to do so. He gave away 113 runs while claiming 9 wickets. Maharaj becomes the 19th player to achieve the feat and his bowling figures are considered to be one of the best performances post-South Africa’s return to test cricket in 1991.

Jim Laker and Anil Kumble were the ones to get 10 wickets in an inning. Laker gave away 53 runs for getting 10 wickets, whereas Jumbo conceded 74. Lance Klusener held the record of claiming 8 wickets giving away 64 runs against India in Cuttack 1996.

South Africa on the other hand, was sent packing on the merger score of 124. Hashim Amla might have scored just 19 runs but became the third South African batsman to reach the 9000 run mark. The landmark record was achieved by Amla from 119 matches and 204 innings.

Throughout his career, he batted at the average of 47.45. Sri Lanka lead the test series by 1-0 having won their first match at Galle by 278 runs. South Africa has not lost any series to Sri Lanka since 2006. As of now, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathew and Dimuth Karunaratne are playing on the score of 59 and 12 respectively. The current score of the team is 151/3.