Johannesburg, Jan 3 (AFP/APP): South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje said a simple game plan was the key after he destroyed Sri Lanka batting line-up on the first day of the second and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Nortje claimed career-best figures of six for 56 as Sri Lanka collapsed to 157 all out after winning the toss and choosing to bat first on the pace-friendly Wanderers pitch. South Africa took full control when they reached 148 for one at the close, with opening batsman Dean Elgar scoring 92 not out.
“In the previous Test we bowled maybe too wide and on both sides of the wicket,” said Nortje of South Africa’s performance in the first Test at Centurion, where they won by an innings despite Sri Lanka scoring 396 in the first innings.
“We tried to make it a bit simpler and get it into the channel (outside off stump), especially on a pitch like this with the bounce,” said Nortje. The plan worked so well that nine of the Sri Lankans were caught in the arc between wicketkeeper and gully before Nortje bowled last man Ajitha Fernando with a full delivery as the batsman backed away.
Sri Lanka’s slump came after a promising start. With Kusal Perera hitting an aggressive 60, Sri Lanka were on course to reach lunch with minimal damage on a pitch that invariably offers assistance to the bowlers on the first morning.
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