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Steyn takes five but Sri Lanka battle back

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August 5th, 2006

COLOMBO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Pace bowler Dale Steyn claimed five for 82 as South Africa secured a 40 run first-innings lead on the second day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Sri Lanka rallied after a morning collapse left them perilously placed 86 for five, eventually clawing themselves within touching distance before being bowled out for 321.

Steyn, bowling waywardly but fast to secure his second five-wicket haul in tests, polished off Sri Lanka’s resistance with the second new ball, grabbing the wickets of Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan in quick succession.

South Africa safely negotiated two overs before the close, finishing on six without loss with Herschelle Gibbs on four and Andrew Hall on two.

Makhaya Ntini, who finished with four for 84, had ripped through the Sri Lanka top order with two incisive spells before the lunch interval.

He struck two early blows with the new ball as Upul Tharanga top-edged an attempted pull and Kumar Sangakkara clipped a rising delivery off his hips straight to short-midwicket.

Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene provided Sri Lanka with some brief respite by adding 31 runs for the third wicket, but Steyn returned after an expensive first spell to take Jayawardene’s wicket.

Ntini returned to the attack just before lunch, a move the triggered the fall of two more wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was surprised by some extra bounce and sharp movement and chopped onto his leg stump, before Jayasuriya was caught at second slip for 47.

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