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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 1st Test

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Date: 12-16 July 2018

South Africa 73/10 (28.5 Ovs) RR: 2.53 | Sri Lanka won by 278 runs

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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.

28.5
0
Sandakan to Shamsi, out Lbw!! Loud shout for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. It's a fair delivery, looks like there's no bat on that, where's the impact though? Might turn out to be umpire's call, no bat and UltraEdge confirms it. Three Reds and it's all over. Sri Lanka have demolished South Africa by 278 runs. This is also South Africa's lowest ever 4th innings score, their lowest since readmission in 1991-92. Celebrations in the middle as the hosts go 1-0 up in the 2-Test series. Coming to the ball, this was tossed up on middle, turned around the right-hander, opened him up like a can of worms and rapped him on the pads, the impact was in front of off-stump, would have been crashing into the off-stump. Shamsi lbw b Sandakan 2(21)

Sandakan to Shamsi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

28.4
0
Sandakan to Shamsi, no run, the leg-break from Sandakan, Shamsi was nearl;y turned inside out, just about gets his bat down in time and defends
28.3
0
Sandakan to Shamsi, no run, turn for Sandakan, but it turns way down the leg-side, left alone
28.2
1
Sandakan to Philander, 1 run, fraction short and on the stumps, worked away past mid-wicket for a single
28.1
0
Sandakan to Philander, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended back at the bowler

Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

First change with Sandakan replacing Herath, a slip, leg slip and a FSL in place

27.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up on Shamsi's pads, turned towards backward short leg

Five men round the bat

27.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one just outside off, pushed into the vacant point region and they decide against a single

back to round the wicket

27.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, slower and drifting down the leg-side, Shamsi was looking to tuck and missed
27.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one on off, Shamsi shuffles across and blocks
27.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up outside leg and spinning down, Shamsi watches it go by
27.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery on Shamsi's pads, clipped straight to leg slip
26.6
1
Herath to Shamsi, 1 run, Herath tosses one on Shamsi's pads, nudged away behind square on the on-side for a single
26.5
0
Herath to Shamsi, no run, appeal for LBW, but the angle was taking it down the leg-side, Shamsi was a long way across as he missed the tuck, but those can't be given
26.4
0
Herath to Shamsi, no run, just short of Roshen Silva at silly-point, Shamsi was completely opened up by the away going drift, pushed with hard hands and nearly popped a straightforward catch to silly-point
26.3
0
Herath to Shamsi, no run, Herath drifts this one down the leg-side, Shamsi was looking to nudge and missed
26.2
0
Herath to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery and spinning away from outside off, Shamsi shuffles across and lets it go
26.1
1
Herath to Philander, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Philander goes back and works it towards long-on for a single, exposes Shamsi to the strike
25.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted on off and drifting away, Shamsi prds forward and toe-ends it towards the off-side
25.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up outside off and going with the angle, Shamsi shuffles across and is beaten by a long way

Dilruwan, from round the wicket

25.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one on off, Shamsi gets well forward as he blocks
25.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, appeal for LBW, but Shamsi was so far across that the impact would have been well outside off, he stumbled across to one that drifted across him, pushes forward and is beaten on the outside edge
25.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery on off, Shamsi gets half-forward and blocks
25.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, not sure if Shamsi bats in this way, the off-break from Dilruwan and he stumbled across, managed to keep it down

South Africa's lowest 4th innings score is 79 - against India, in Nagpur, 2015. Can they go past it today?

24.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, slower and spinning away from off, that bounced off the deck as well, Philander does well to play with soft hands as he prodded
24.5
0
Herath to Philander, no run, flighted on off, Philander gets half-forward as he defends
24.4
2
Herath to Philander, 2 runs, Philander gets lucky, this was tossed up outside off and ripped away from a length, Philander was backing away on the cut and was taken aback by the extra bounce, manages to stab it behind square on the off-side for a couple of runs
24.3
1
Herath to Shamsi, 1 run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Shamsi prods forward and gets an inside edge behind square on the on-side, a single to get off the mark

Tabraiz Shamsi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

24.2
0
Herath to Steyn, out Caught&Bowled!! The ninth wicket is down, all too easy for Sri Lanka. This was tossed up on the stumps, Steyn leant forward on the drive, played it a bit too early, hit it well but straight back at the bowler. Herath moved across to his right and cusped the overhead return catch. As easy as it gets. Steyn c and b Herath 2(6)

Herath to Steyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

24.1
0
Herath to Steyn, no run, tossed up on middle and straightening, Steyn gets his bat in front of the pad and then blocks
23.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Philander, no run, Dilruwan tosses one just outside off, defended towards the off-side
23.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Steyn, 1 run, flighted well outside off, Steyn was looking to work it towards the on-side, played against the drift and the leading edge popped through vacant cover
23.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Steyn, no run, Dilruwan tosses one just outside off, Steyn lunges forward defensively

Back to over the wicket

23.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Philander, 1 run, Dilruwan drifts this one across the right-hander, pushed wide of cover for a single
23.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Philander, no run, tossed up just outside off, Philander gets across and defends it back at the bowler
23.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Steyn, 1 run, Steyn almost ran himself out now. He was lazily lumbering for a single and then saw that the throw was at his end. Would have been short had their been a direct hit, flighted just outside off, he prodded forward and got an inside edge towards square leg
22.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, the arm-ball from Herath, came back into Philander after pitching outside off, defended towards the off-side
22.5
6
Herath to Philander, SIX, Philander will go down fighting, flighted delivery on off, Philander lets the ball turn and then drags it well over mid-on, went a long way over the ropes for a maximum
22.4
0
Herath to Philander, no run, Herath tosses one on off, Philander gets half-forward and blocks
22.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, the slider from Herath, Philander went right back as he spotted late, hurriedly got his bat down and blocked
22.2
0
Herath to Philander, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Philander gets forward and drives it back at the bowler
22.1
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Philander gets forward and pushes it back at the bowler

Dilruwan has figures of 6 for 29 now, his best in Tests. His previous best was 6 for 70 at this very ground

21.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Steyn, no run, the straighter one from Dilruwan, kept going on with the angle, Steyn lunged forward in defence and is beaten on the outside edge

Dale Steyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease

21.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, out Bowled!! This was coming, Rabada has been completely outfoxed by the spinner here. This was the arm-ball and Rabada didn't spot it, he thinks it will spin away as he let it go. Poor mistake, the ball just kept on coming in with the drift and rattled the off-stump. Rabada hears the death rattle, so do South Africa. The hosts are just two wickets away from going 1-0 up. Rabada b Dilruwan Perera 0(10)

Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

21.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, flighted delivery on off and a hint of turn from outside off, Rabada was prodding back on the defensiove push and is beaten
21.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, tossed up and drifting into Rabada's pads, he plays with a straight bat and is rapped on the pad
21.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, flighted on off, Rabada gets half-forward and defends it towards the off-side
21.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, the arm-ball from Dilruwan, went straight on after pitching, Rabada hurriedly jabs at the ball and gets an inside edge towards FSL
20.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, slower and just outside off, Philander covers the line and lets it go
20.5
0
Herath to Philander, no run, Philander comes down the track, gets done in by the drift, he's saved by an inside edge which rattles onto his pad
20.4
0
Herath to Philander, no run, Sri Lanka think the ball went straight off the foot to the man at silly-point, Reiffel doesn't think so. On second thoughts, he wants to check with the third umpire. The soft signal is NOT OUT. It's a fair delivery and it's clearly hit the ground before lobbing to silly-point. Coming to the ball, it was tossed up on off, Philander leant forward and defended it close to his body
20.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, pushed through flatter and quicker, Philander goes back and defends it back at the bowler
20.2
0
Herath to Philander, no run, flighted on off, Philander leans forward and defends it back at the bowler
20.1
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up on off, Philander gets well forward and defends it towards silly point
19.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, the drift from Dilruwan, takes it onto Rabada's pads, he was looking to defend and missed
19.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, tad short and just outside off, held up on the pitch a bit, Rabada waits on it and blocks
19.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, tossed up on Rabada's pads, turned away towards the on-side
19.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, slower and drifting across the left-hander, Rabada covers the line and lets it go
19.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, tossed up on off, Rabada gets forward and defends it back at the bowler

Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease

19.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, out Caught by Sandakan!! Oh dear! Maharaj has holed out to the deep and it's a 5-wicket haul for Dilruwan, his 6th in Tests. It's all going downhill for South Africa, Maharaj came down the track, played with the spin and then clouted it towards deep mid-wicket. The plan was alright, the execution was good enough, just that he didn't get the needed distance. Sandakan watched the ball all along even as he went back and held the catch in front of his face. He stepped back once and then stopped, right in front of the ropes. Maharaj c Sandakan b Dilruwan Perera 9(9) [4s-2]

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.

18.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up and drifting into the right-hander, Philander shuffles across, gets inside the line, gets his bat in front of the pad and then blocks
18.5
0
Herath to Philander, no run, slower and on off, Philander prods forward and plays a neat looking block
18.4
6
Herath to Philander, SIX, lovely shot, good use of the feet from Philander, comes down the track, gets close to the ball and thumps it high and over long-off for a maximum
18.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, flatter and coming back with the angle, Philander went back on the flick and missed, fell over as he did so, but this was easily sliding down the leg-side
18.2
0
Herath to Philander, no run, flighted delivery on off, Philander gets half-forward as he blocks
18.1
0
Herath to Philander, no run, Philander has been given out LBW and he wants a review. He wasn't offering a shot, the front-foot is fine, is it coming back enough to hit the stumps? The original call is OUT, so even clipping is enough. Hawk-Eye will let us know. Missing the stumps, the decision will be reversed. A lucky break from Philander, tossed up well outside off and there might have been a hint of turn, Philander got well across and padded it away, not doing enough to clip the stumps

Drinks are on the field now. Right, can South Africa survive at least until tea?

17.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, no run, tad short and wide of off, Maharaj makes room and finds backward point with the cut

Dilruwan switches to round the wicket

17.5
4
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, FOUR, nicely placed by Maharaj, tossed up on off and spinning back into the right-hander, Maharaj bends down low, plays with the turn and beats square leg with the sweep
17.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, no run, half-an-appeal for LBW, but the impact was well outside off, no bat on that as well, so the catch at slip is negated, Maharaj got a big stride forward on the sweep, in the process - managed to get himself well outside off as well
17.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Philander, 1 run, fraction short and just outside off, worked away towards long-on for a single
17.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, 1 run, Maharaj wants to play some shots, comes down the track, plays with the turn and swipes it towards wide long-on, there's a fielder out there, just a single
17.1
4
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, FOUR, smashed, very full and well outside off, Maharaj gets a big stride forward and drills it back past the bowler, mid-off is wide and has no chance
16.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, slower and just outside off, Philander gets half-forward and defends it towards the off-side
16.5
2
Herath to Philander, 2 runs, tad short and at the stumps, flicked away off the back-foot, past mid-wicket and back for the second run
16.4
2
Herath to Philander, 2 runs, chance and dropped, the visiting batsmen are simply not trusting their defence, comes down the track does Philander, doesn't get close to the ball, swipes in desperation and slices it high and wide of mid-off. Karunatane covers good ground, gets both hands and then spills it - his first real mistake of the game

A slip, silly point and a FSL in place..

16.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, slower and on the stumps, Philander gets well forward as he blocks
16.2
0
Herath to Philander, no run, floated around the middle and leg-stump line, Philander gets half-forward as he smothers the turn
16.1
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up on the leg-stump line, defended with soft hands
15.6
2
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, byes, 2 runs, another attempted sweep, obviously misses. And the turn gets big for Dickwella to miss it as well down leg. Looks like it has taken the outside of his pad, but the umpire gives it as byes
15.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, no run, plants his front leg outside the line of the stumps in looking to heave it away. Misses
15.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Maharaj, no run, LBW Review: Nobody can catch a break. Maharaj walks in, goes on his back foot in his quest to play the spin and is pinned on the back foot. But the umpire doesn't seem to agree. But Perera is convinced, and he manages to convince Lakmal as well. Here we go - umpire's call with the height on hitting the stumps. The mess started after Maharaj played outside the line, getting beaten by the sharp turn

Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease

15.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, out Lbw!! No surprises here. Quinton swept once, connected. And he will sweep again. But misses. But it doesn't miss his front pad and things have rarely been plumber. But Quinton will chance a review, almost immediately. Hmm. Well there's no edge to start, and it is crashing into the middle of middle. So then, this getting over before tea? de Kock lbw b Dilruwan Perera 10(9) [4s-2]

Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

15.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, nice neat drift coming back in. Driven to cover
15.1
4
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, FOUR, sweeps, almost taking short leg's head with it and then almost into square leg's stretched out hand. Evades both and gets into the square leg boundary
14.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, another one in with the arm. Philander plays outside the line, only for the ball to jam him on the thigh pad
14.5
0
Herath to Philander, no run, 85.7kph, wristy defence back down the pitch
14.4
0
Herath to Philander, no run, quicker, sliding in with the arm as Philander pokes away from his body to play for the turn. Nah, there's none of it this time
14.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, covers the spin, waiting back on his back foot in jabbing a defence to off

Vernon Philander, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.2
0
Herath to Markram, out Stumped!! The familiar story continues. Oh dear, this is going down quickly. Markram, after appearing to have got his eye in, does the timid thing of running down the pitch, Herath's smart enough to drag his length short, spinning big to beat the swinging hoick comprehensively. Dickwella's made a habit of this. Herath > Pollock/Steyn. Markram st Dickwella b Herath 19(46)

Herath to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

14.1
0
Herath to Markram, no run, sliding on. Markram freezes in the crease, playing all around it -- and finds the ball stuck between his legs
13.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, knocks it off the inside half, down the pitch
13.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 1 run, jabbed away into the covers
13.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, turned away with the spin to square leg
13.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, flighted on middle. Kept out
13.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, fuller outside off. Markram has a bigger shuffle for the usual
13.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, nice and low, head on ball in his smother
12.6
0
Herath to de Kock, no run, full on middle. Whipped out to mid-wicket
12.5
0
Herath to de Kock, no run, spinning back in from a shortened length, turned away to square leg
12.4
4
Herath to de Kock, FOUR, sweeps. No, more of a slog. A hint of drift going down leg and Quinton is quick to sit down on a knee and muscle it uppishly over mid-wicket
12.3
2
Herath to de Kock, 2 runs, jumps down the pitch, closes the bat face early to negate the spin, but this time there is none. Gets the leading edge, luckily past slip
12.2
0
Herath to de Kock, no run, back, across, defence

Quinton de Kock, left handed bat, comes to the crease

12.1
0
Herath to du Plessis, out Caught by Mathews!! The wheels continue falling off. And Rangana Herath is running up the wickets ladder, now to 421 wickets to join Dale Steyn. Well they're going faster than they come and when they don't go to leg-slip, they go to the conventional one. Looped up nicely on off, Faf has to get a lot closer to defend, can't and gets a tickle on the outside edge low to slip. du Plessis c Mathews b Herath 1(3)

Herath to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, draws the edge with Faf looking to defend for the turn after his shuffle. Just short of slip
11.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to du Plessis, no run, walks across his stumps in his leave

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, out Caught by de Silva!! It was coming. It really was. Perera flats one in on middle after teasing Bavuma with a few outside off, but Bavuma makes the mistake of trying to deal with it off the back foot. Rips in, takes the inside edge on the jab and flies down to sharply alert leg-slip. Bavuma c de Silva b Dilruwan Perera 2(17)

Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, drifting in closer to off. Pushy-defence
11.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, goes chasing a wide tossed up invite for the cover drive. Again. And inside-edges it to short mid-wicket. Again
11.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 1 run, backs away, gives himself the room to steer a square punch
10.6
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, in with the arm. Kept out, getting behind the line
10.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, some more air, gets it to bite into the turf as it spins sharp-er to take the inside-edge onto the pad in defence
10.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, to the pitch of it with his stride in defence
10.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, much fuller. Clears his front leg in a drive to cover - all a form of defence
10.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, off the front foot again, covering the drift
10.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run,
9.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, reaches forward, jamming it out to cover
9.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, big appeal. Bavuma goes down sweeping a line already spinning down leg. Misses. Or does he? Dickwella's confident of a feather on the glove. But they'll resist the review
9.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 1 run, whipped out to mid-wicket
9.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, undone by the flight as he jumps down the pitch looking for another expansive cover drive, to mid-wicket off the inside half
9.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, big spin back in, taking the inside-edge as Bavuma looks to drive away from his body. Square leg
9.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, flat, stump lined. Squeezed back
8.6
2
Herath to Markram, 2 runs, rushes down, tries going into the wind with a swinging slice as he opens up an inside-out drive. But he knows mid-off is safely inside, never mind the miscue
8.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, 82.2kph, overcommits forward to the shortened length, but does well to delay his defence
8.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, slight drift going across, off the outside half, but safely down in defence
8.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, opens up his back leg, getting low to block
8.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, steps down, realizes he isn't close enough to adjust in a straight faced defenece
8.1
2
Herath to Markram, 2 runs, picks out the mid-wicket gap with his rocking back glance
7.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, holds its line. Tossed up outside off, Bavuma walks across, sticking his bat in front to play for the turn coming in. Well there's none as this whizzes past
7.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, much fuller on middle. Flicked out to mid-on
7.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, length, but Bavuma's short enough to go back in the crease to tuck it to square leg

Temba Bavuma, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, out Caught by de Silva!! Perfect guile, and perfectly foxes Amla into a second bat-pad dismissal. Pitched right in the fourth stump zone to force Amla into a defence .. but he does it with hard hands. And the ball zips up, finds the splice, onto the pad and leg-slip does well to adjust to the dip in diving low to his left. Classical offie stuff. Amla c de Silva b Dilruwan Perera 0(2)

Dilruwan Perera to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, no run, on the shuffle, adopting the line in turning it ever so softly to short leg
7.1
3
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 3 runs, dragged down, and Markram is quick to get back, free up his arms and slap it away through extra cover
6.6
1
Herath to Markram, 1 run, whipped after covering the line, round the corner

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.

6.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, back to his front footed blocks
6.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, back foot, stabbing a punch square
6.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, shuffles, and leaves on spotting the spin going outside off
6.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, continues staying right in front of his stumps, on top of the smother
6.1
0
Herath to Markram, no run, flat on middle. Into the pitch smother

Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease

5.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, out Stumped!! Walks down, walks past and walks away. Elgar premeditates stepping out of his crease, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, misses the line completely as well with the dip on it taking it past and then spinning further past the bat. Dickwella has had tougher stumpings, this one doesn't even challenge, with Elgar not even trying to get back. Elgar st Dickwella b Dilruwan Perera 4(12)

Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

5.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, continues reading them off the pitch, hurrying into his defences, this time off the crouched stance
5.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 1 run, soft tuck to short mid-wicket after a skip down, who's sloppy enough to ricochet it past
5.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, across, opening out that back leg to inherit the block into the turf
5.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, stoopy low defence, right at the pitch of it
5.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, deep in the crease, staying up on the bounce for the punchy-defence to mid-on
4.6
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, waits for the spin to come in to work it to mid-on
4.5
3
Herath to Markram, 3 runs, fired in quick, Markram tries sitting behind the line in a crouched block as he plays for the turn, but is sneaks along straight, taking the inside-edge to roll away past leg-stump
4.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, steps out, not to the pitch of it as he jams it to point
4.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, prods forward, head on ball in defence
4.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, 80.5kph, weaves it in off. Markram is compulsively drawn out to defend .. for the explosion off the pitch to spin past the edge
4.1
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, pitched up. Elgar reaches out to squeeze it in front of cover
3.6
2
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 2 runs, some intent. Runs down, slicing the away going drift from the pitch of it into sweeper cover
3.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, similar sharp turn. Only the pad stuck out now, to short leg
3.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, some turn. Beats Markram on the inside edge with the turn, ballooning up off the pad to leg-slip
3.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, drifting into off. Markram gets out a big stride, covering the turn with his nudgy-defence
3.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, back, across, behind the line in defence
3.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, hard handed forward defence, off the bat's shoulder to square leg

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

2.6
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, nicely bowled, slower and holding its line outside off, Elgar covers the line, lifts his bat and lets it go. That will be lunch on Day 3
2.5
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, slower and just outside off, Elgar leans forward and pushes it back at the bowler
2.4
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, flighted delivery on Elgar's pads, he closed the face of the bat on the flick, gets an inside edge towards leg slip
2.3
2
Herath to Elgar, 2 runs, top-edge and safe, tossed up just outside off, skids onto the batsman as he swept, fails to get on top of the bounce and the edge lobs over the close-in catching fielders
2.2
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, slower and on off, pushed back at the bowler
2.1
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, beautifully bowled, slower and wider of off, went straight on after pitching, Elgar was lured into the drive and is beaten
1.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, Dilruwan tosses this one well outside leg, padded away by the batsman
1.5
2
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 2 runs, Markram's off the mark in this Test, nicely tossed up just outside off, Markram leans forward and places the drive into the gap at cover, comes back for the second run

Dilruwan, from round the wicket

1.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, flighted and drifting into the right-hander, Markram plays with the turn and finds leg slip
1.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Markram prods across and turns it towards the on-side
1.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, Dilruwan drifts this one on Elgar's pads, nudged away behind square on the on-side, off the mark with a single
1.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Elgar gets half-forward and defends

Dilruwan Perera, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Dilruwan from the other end, two slips and a FSL in place

0.6
0
Herath to Markram, no run, this looks like a clear ploy from Markram, gets across a long way to a well tossed up delivery outside off, defended with soft hands towards gully
0.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, a change in the technique of Markram - he's looking to play inside the line, shuffles across to a well flighted delivery and then pushes it towards the on-side
0.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, slower and on the stumps, Markram gets across, gets his right leg away and then blocks it towards the on-side
0.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, Herath tosses one on the stumps, Markram shuffles across and defends it off the inner half of the bat
0.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, appeal for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. It's a fair delivery, where's the point of impact? Looks like no bat and UltraEdge confirms it. On to Hawk-Eye and the impact is outside off, NOT OUT is the call. Sri Lanka have burnt their first review, fraction short and holding its line outside off, Markram shuffled across on the flick and missed, struck high on pads and it wasn't doing enough to hit the stumps
0.1
0
Herath to Markram, no run, flighted delivery and turning into the right-hander, Markram was looking to flick and missed

Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Herath will open the attack