It's a foolproof script that's transcended territories in Asia - call non-subcontinental sides on dustbowls and thrash them outright. The SSC shouldn't be as bad, but the demons have been nailed sure enough into the South African heads. But it's been a fun, quick Test this for the time it lasted. And on behalf of the team - Vineet Anantharaman, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Sreenivas, until we meet next, ta ta!!
Suranga Lakmal has spoken in Sinhalese, something none of us understand, unfortunately (as yet). Roshen Abhisinghaye translates a bit, "He says captaincy isn't an easy job and thanks his coaches and the support staff, hails the spinners as he looks forward to the SSC."
Faf du Plessis: We have only got ourselves to blame. After getting a team down to 170/7, you need to get them all-out for 220, and 280 was a let off. But it was a great innings from Karunaratne, he showed our batters how you need to go about in putting big scores on the board. It was as if he batted on a different surface, given that nobody else went past 50. As much as you practice, you don't get quality spinners in the nets. It is obviously tough in these conditions and it is something we need to work with. We were surprised by the wetness of the outfield with the rain, and because of that reverse swing wasn't much of a factor in this Test and that took a lot out of our fast bowling attack.
Dimuth Karunaratne: I got injured, worked really hard with the 'A' team and got my form back. When I was left out of the national side I had to work hard, went to Bangladesh and got my place back. I always wanted to play positive and backed my strengths - which is what I do on turning tracks. After the knock I got to know of my record through social media of becoming only the second Sri Lankan to get a century in my 50th Test.
Here come the 'official' presentations.
Dilruwan Perera: Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle. I can get a lot of drift and turn here. Everytime I bowl with Rangana it helps me and it is very easy. South Africa have struggled in the past to spin and Rangana held up one end and I got wickets from the other. We have a lot of young spinners and they will step up (once Rangana retires).
Six wickets for the impressive Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath was his usual good self and Lakshan Sandakan applied the finishing touches - so much that Sri Lanka didn't even need their lone pacer to bowl. Without AB de Villiers, this South African batting unit looks pretty brittle. It was a tough examination by spin and they failed at it miserably. Plenty of thinking to do for Ottis Gibson & co. as we wait for the presentations to begin.
South Africa have been simply shocking with the bat and they have lost all 10 wickets inside a session. We saw Afghanistan and Bangladesh doing so in recent times, but not many would have added the Proteas into the mix. Lack of application and an inability to play spin - South Africa have to search answers for such probing questions within the next 5 days. It all started with Dean Elgar running down the pitch and getting stumped, Amla and Bavuma were trapped into offering catches to leg-slip, Faf du Plessis edged one to first slip, Markram followed in his opening partner's ways, De Kock tried to hit out and failed, the lower order then had too much to do.
Sandakan to Shamsi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
First change with Sandakan replacing Herath, a slip, leg slip and a FSL in place
Five men round the bat
back to round the wicket
Dilruwan, from round the wicket
South Africa's lowest 4th innings score is 79 - against India, in Nagpur, 2015. Can they go past it today?
Tabraiz Shamsi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to Steyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Back to over the wicket
Dilruwan has figures of 6 for 29 now, his best in Tests. His previous best was 6 for 70 at this very ground
Dale Steyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Oh dear! Maharaj has holed out to the deep and it's a 5-wicket haul for Dilruwan.
Drinks are on the field now. Right, can South Africa survive at least until tea?
Dilruwan switches to round the wicket
A slip, silly point and a FSL in place..
Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Vernon Philander, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Quinton de Kock, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Temba Bavuma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
It looks like Dilruwan has overstepped on that ball he dismissed Dean Elgar with. Just when the umpire trusts his eye-judgement to not go upstairs. Umm.
Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
We're back to what should be an intriguing test by spin. Plenty of reputations on the line. A slip, a leg-slip and a short leg. Off we go ..
South Africa have done well to not lose a wicket in this short passage of play. Markram survived a LBW review and seems to have learnt his lessons from the first innings dismissal. He's off the dreaded pair as well, more work to do for these two and the rest of the batsmen who follow. For now, South Africa still need 347 more runs for an unlikely victory. Join us at 12:40 PM for the resumption
Dilruwan Perera, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Dilruwan from the other end, two slips and a FSL in place
Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Herath will open the attack