Cricket: Steyn strikes early in second Sri Lanka Test

COLOMBO, July 24, 2014 (AFP) – Dale Steyn took two wickets in two balls to give South Africa a flying start in the series-deciding second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday. Steyn, the star of South Africa’s big win in the first Test at Galle, sent back opener Upul Tharanga and big-hitter Kumar Sangakkara in his sharp opening spell on a docile track at the SSC ground.

Part-time spinner Jean-Paul Duminy accounted for the third wicket to fall in the morning session, dismissing the other opener Kaushal Silva for a well-made 44.

At lunch, Sri Lanka were 115-3, with Mahela Jayawardene batting on 53 and skipper Angelo Mathews yet to open his account.

Tharanga started off confidently, driving Steyn to the cover boundary in the first over of the day and smashing Vernon Philander straight down the ground for another four.

But Tharanga’s flourish was short-lived as he gloved to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock off the fifth ball of Steyn’s third over.

Steyn (2-20) struck again off the very next ball to dismiss Sangakkara, much to the disappointment of home fans.

The prolific left-hander tried to pull a short delivery, but succeeded only in top-edging it tam