The wickets fell in succession with Tharanga the first to go for just 11. Kumar Sangakkara subsequently followed with a duck after he was caught by Imran Tahir. The Sri Lankans were now 17/2.
South Africa needs to win this test match in order to reclaim their pole position on the ICC Test rankings. Australia claimed the number one post after triumphing over the Proteas in a series win.
The Proteas, on the verge of a rare series win in Sri Lanka, are considering playing an extra fast bowler on the Singhalese SC track which is not as conducive to spin as the one in Galle.
“I think it’s unlikely we are going to go with two front line spinners in this test. Gale was probably the ideal venue if we were going down that route. Traditionally it dosnt turn as much as early here. Over the last few years in this team the fast bowlers have managed to do the job wherever we have been in the world,” said Proteas test skipper Hashim Amla.