ABRAHAM BENJAMIN de VILLIERS was unlucky to be out at 99 but his solid innings led South Africa to gain a first innings lead of 209 against Sri Lanka as they finished at 389 for 9 on the second day of the first Test when the stumps were drawn at the SuperSport Park Cricket Ground, Centurion on Friday. At stumps,was not out 49 and 24. An early declaration on the third morning should Boucher reaches his fifty was eminent or they could add another fifty to leave the Lankans a challenging target when they bat second time. Earlier, resuming on the second morning at the overnight score of 90 for 1, the hosts soon lost Steyn, run out by Herath without score . was the new batsman. The two had added another 23 before the third wicket was fallen, Amla was gone at the total of 125 caught Angelo Matthews off Thisara Perera for 18 including 3 boundaries. Good bit of fielding there. joined Rudolph but Perera struck back again in his very next over to make it 136 for 4, Paranavitana held a low one and Rudolph was gone for 44 including 4 boundaries. A breakthrough certainly worth when the batsman was well settled at the other end. Kallis was joined by AB de Villiers. The fifth wicket stand produced 37 good runs when Kallis departed at 173. First wicket for Chanaka Welegedara, Matthews took the catch for 31 including 5 boundaries. Another good low catch there. came and together with de Villiers reaching his fifty, carried the total past 250 mark including a dropped catch by Perera of Prince. The hosts were just 77 runs ahead and 5 wickets remaining when tea was taken at 260 for 5. Two left and two right handers. de Villiers right hand bat and Perera right armer while Prince, the left hand bat and Wele, the left armer. And just 3 short of century stand between the two, Angelo Matthews removed Prince immediately after the break. Good caught behind by Kaushal Silva. Prince made 39 including 4 boundaries. Mark Boucher was the new man as de Villiers stood firm at the other end. The lead was over 100 and repeated bowling changes, the Lankans wanted anotehr wicket or two before the end of the day. Perera sent faster deliveries but the batsmen just played it calmly. Now Dilhara Fernando was brought in. Three hundred of the innings, de Villiers was 99 when Perera struck, a blow to South Africa. It was substitute Karunaratane who took a sharp low catch to end his innings, good and solid one having hit 12 boundaries, adding 33 for the seventh wicket and the total being 303. joined Boucher. Catches win matches, thats what the Lankans were doing when Jayawardene took Philander off Dilshan for 4 and it was 344 for 8. Morne Morkel joined Boucher but didn't stay longer and the hosts were just a wicket away towrap up the innings. A stunning catch by Samaraweera off Wele sent Morkel back for 4 at 350. Imran Tahir was the last man and together with Boucher had added 39 runs for the last wicket to carry the total to 389 for 9 at the end of the day. Among the six bowlers, only Rangana Herath failed to claim a wicket and the leader was Thisara Perera for his three for 117 followed by Chanaka Welegedara two for 87 while Angelo Mathhews, Dilhara Fernando and Tillakaratane Dilshan had one each. An interesting third day in store. Could Sri Lanka chase the 250 plus target or they blunder again against Philander like the first innings.