Maharaj's 8 wickets restrict Sri Lanka to 277-9

South Africa Dale Steyn carries an apparatus to fix an uneven patch in the field during the first day of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva plays shot against South Africa during the first day of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
South Africa Keshav Maharaj, second right, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews during the first day of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
South Africa Keshav Maharaj, left, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews during the first day of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
South Africa's Faf du Plessis takes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews during the first day of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
South Africa's Dale Steyn, left, watches Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne, right, dive to make it successfully to the crease during the first day's play of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj picked up career best figures of eight for 116 runs as South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 277 for nine at stumps on day one of the second Test in Colombo on Friday.

Maharja's figures are the third best by a bowler from any opposition against Sri Lanka behind Imran Khan's eight for 58 in Lahore in 1982 and Shannon Gabriel's eight for 62 in Gros Islet last month.

Sri Lanka's openers had given them a good start after electing to bat first putting on 116 runs for the first wicket, but they were troubled by Maharja's exceptional control and guile.

Number three batsman Dhananjaya de Silva top scored with 60.

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