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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 2nd Test

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
Date: 20-24 July 2018

South Africa 290/10 (86.5 Ovs) RR: 3.34 | Sri Lanka won by 199 runs

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South Africa taste life post-ABD, it was an utterly bitter one. But to be honest, even the great man wouldn't have made any difference to the final outcome of the series. They need to sort out their mental demons before coming back to the sub-continent again for red ball cricket. So, another series where hosts thoroughly dominated the visitors. This has been the trend over the last decade or so. Kohli and company would look to defy this when they take on England at Edgbaston on the first of August. Do not forget to join us for that mouth-watering series. Until then, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Abhinand and Sultan.

Suranga Lakmal: "We worked really hard and the results are due to the hard work of the team. Sri Lanka has some of the best spinners in the world and that is the reason they have troubled the South African batsmen. I am not thinking too far about the captaincy as it is a team game."

Dimuth Karunaratne, Man of the Match and Man of the Series: "I did really well in the series so I was sure I will be the man of the series. For the first few overs it came nicely onto the bat but old ball spun a lot. I stick to my basics and try to get maximum runs. We always take series by series, now we will prepare for the England series and then we will prepare for New Zealand and then Australia."

Faf du Plessis: "The guys played well in the last innings, de Bruyn played an exceptional knock and showed it is possible to get big runs in these conditions. Credit to Sri Lanka, they were outstanding. They beat us in all departments of the game that we played in the last eight days. We have some lessons to learn but we did manage to put in some good performance. Keshav Maharaj was exceptional, he put up a record bowling performance for South Africa. He has a good future ahead of him. For Sri Lanka, there wasn't 6 or 7 batsmen putting runs on the board there were just one or two. That's what you need. Right through the series we failed to get partnerships. We only got 3 fifty plus partnerships right through the series and that is very low. Looking at the wicket, we definitely would have played an extra spinner, our thinking was it is an abrasive surface and ball will reverse. There was zero reverse swing. It is a lesson to learn, when we come to sub-continent we need to pick an extra spinner as pitches are very dry. So, It was a mistake on our part not to play an extra spinner."

Rangana Herath: "Winning the game and winning the series, against the number two side - very pleased with it. Wherever you go and take wickets, you like the ground, especially SSC. The harder ball gives a bit of assistance for the spinners. Spinners bowled really well throughout the series. I know everybody has a time to go. That's why I have decided to stop playing cricket. Hopefully, in the series against England, I will do my best."

The toss was pivotal, Sri Lanka won and their openers piled on runs. Maharaj had an exceptional match, he ended with 12 wickets in the match and 9 in the first innings but he had no support from the other end. The part-time spinners weren't penetrative enough and the pitch had absolutely nothing in it for the fast bowlers. The prodigious turn on offer was always going to trouble South Africans and their first innings was bundled out in a haste. The handy contributions from Karunaratne and Mathews in the second innings ensured that they set an impossible total for Proteas to chase. South Africa aided by luck showed resistance, the performance of de Bruyn and Bavuma was certainly a positive for them to take out of this series. They toiled hard but the great man Rangana Herath was too hot to handle, he finished things off in style for the hosts and handed them a comfortable victory. Time for the presentations.

13:24 Local Time, 07:54 GMT, 13:24 IST: Handshakes and hugs all around as players make their way back into the dressing room. Sri Lankan have decimated the Proteas again who need to dig deep and introspect hard about their plan to counter spin on these rough sub-continent pitches. They clearly weren't upto the mark on this tour. Though they saved their best for the last innings of the tour. Good resistance from de Bruyn and Bavuma on the final day but it was never enough. For Sri Lanka, this might be their rebirth, they have been dismal in the past couple of years but the comprehensive manner of victory would do a world of difference to the confidence of the young guns.

86.5
0
Herath to Steyn, out Caught by Gunathilaka!! That's it! Sri Lanka whitewash South Africa 2-0. A comfortable victory margin of 199 runs for the hosts. Steyn wanted to replicate his glory shot, he again fails to reach the pitch and was deceived by the turn. He got the elevation but not distance, ball was in the air for an eternity but when it came down it met the safe hands of Gunathilaka who makes no mistake. Steyn c Gunathilaka b Herath 6(6) [6s-1]

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

86.4
0
Herath to Steyn, no run, inside edge to FSL, Herath appeals but umpire was unmoved
86.3
0
Herath to Steyn, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it back
86.2
0
Herath to Steyn, no run, past the outside edge
86.1
6
Herath to Steyn, SIX, now time for Steyn to flaunt his power hitting prowess. He doesn't reach the pitch of the ball but still goes through with the shot, bat turns in his hands too but he puts enough muscles to send it over the ropes
85.6
4
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, FOUR, tossed up delivery outside off, Lungi Ngidi was enticed by it, he clears his front leg to make room and dispatches it over mid-wicket for a boundary
85.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, defends it back again
85.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, flighted and at the stumps, defended back
85.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, huge appeal for caught behind! It went past the outside edge and into the gloves of Dickwella. Don't think there was an edge

Lungi Ngidi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

85.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, out Caught by Mathews!! Dilruwan Perera gets into the act too. I am afraid to say, end is near for South Africa. Drags his length back a touch on this flighted delivery, this new ball turned and bounced a little extra, kisses the outside edge who used delicate hands to counter it but still wasn't able to keep it down. It settles into the hands of Mathews at slip. Rabada c Mathews b Dilruwan Perera 18(37) [4s-2 6s-1]

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

85.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, waited for the ball and defends it down
84.6
0
Herath to Steyn, no run, fuller length ball, blocks it back

Dale Steyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease

84.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, out Bowled!! Herath knocks the off-pole to bag his 34th fifer in Tests! Theunis de Bruyn was probably still in awe of his ton and his concentration wasn't there. But taking nothing away from Herath. It was a beauty. It comes in after pitching, Theunis de Bruyn fails to read it, he leaves it but then it comes back and crashes into the stumps. Hours of concentration, grit and determination comes to an end due to one misjudgement. Theunis de Bruyn b Herath 101(232) [4s-12]

Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

84.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery turning away, beats the outside edge
84.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, his back foot was slightly stuck in the crease as he blocks it back
84.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back to the defensive shot, blocks it back
84.1
4
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Theunis de Bruyn has a bright smile on face as he takes his helmet off and hugs his partner. He has played a wonderful innings, one he will cherish forever. The shot was a deft one, it was at the pads, he paddles it and finds the gap, ball races along the turf
83.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, either he was entirely sure about his off-stump or he miscalculated the turn on this one. It came back with the air and went incredibly close to the off-pole
83.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocked back
83.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, brings his wrists into play to flick it to square leg for a single
83.3
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, he was down on his knees and he half-pulls half-sweeps it to leg-slip who fails to gather it cleanly and that allows batsmen to take a double
83.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, beautiful delivery! Theunis de Bruyn played inside the line of the ball and it fizzed past his outside edge
83.1
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, outside edge and it went past slip for a brace. He is 6 runs away from his ton
82.6
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, stays in the crease and defends to the off-side
82.5
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, was there an inside edge? Dickwella was excited but his reaction isn't the correct source to deduce, it falls wide of slip
82.4
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, blocks it to the off-side
82.3
6
Herath to Rabada, SIX, first six of the innings! He is not going to hold himself back. He has shown better technique to tackle spin than QDK. Reaches the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for a maximum
82.2
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, straight one at the stumps, defended back
82.1
1
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flighted and outside off, drills it into the ground, it bounces over short cover and that allows them to rotate strike
81.6
2
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, 2 runs, straying at the pads, easy pickings for Rabada who whips it wide of mid-on for a brace
81.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, flighted and Rabada went for an audacious drive, beaten by the turn, bit of extra bounce too as Dickwella tries to collect it over his head
81.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, lots of air on this one. It turned slowly and went past the outside edge
81.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, inside edge, used soft hands and it falls short of FSL
81.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, this one came in slightly after pitching. Rabada had it covered and he leaves it

Two slips, FSL and a silly point in.

81.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, shuffles slightly to the leg-side to make room for himself and he opens the face of the bat to cover for a single. Theunis de Bruyn is showing great trust in Rabada
80.6
4
Herath to Rabada, FOUR, timing of the highest order! It was a yorker at the stumps, Rabada digs it out, he wanted to defend it but the connection was stellar and it races along the turf for a four
80.5
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, played inside the line, it went with the arm and beats the outside edge
80.4
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, straight delivery at the stumps, defended back
80.3
1
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, plants his front foot across and sweeps it to backward square leg
80.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, well tossed up outside off, mistimes the drive, outside half of the bat to Dilruwan at point
80.1
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, defends it wide of FSL

Rangana Herath [29.0-5-76-4] is back into the attack

Second new ball is due now. Will they take it? Yes, they will. Umpire Nigel Llong flaunts it and gives it to Herath.

79.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, straight one at the pads, Rabada did well to identify that and defend it back to the bowler
79.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, pushes it away from the body and it beats the outside edge
79.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, hint of forward movement and then a defensive shot back
79.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flighted delivery at the pads, turns it to the leg-side for a single
79.2
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, wanted to manufacture room, there wasn't much on offer. He was cramped for it slighly but did well to push it wide of mid-off for a brace
79.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocked down

Dilruwan Perera [26.0-4-75-1] is back into the attack

78.6
4
Dananjaya to Rabada, FOUR, friendly full-toss! Rabada puts bat to it and dispatches it with glee on his face, wide of mid-on for a boundary
78.5
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, leggie! Rabada reads it late and wanted to whip it through mid-wicket, played down the wrong line and was rapped on the pads, going down leg
78.4
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, plunges forward and defends that offie to the off-side
78.3
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, stays back and blocks it to the off-side
78.2
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, too full and at the pads, Rabada misses the block was rapped on the pads and it deflected back
78.1
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, peach from Dananjaya! It pitches on leg and turns to miss off, too good to find the outside edge
77.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, waited for the ball to turn
77.5
1
Herath to Rabada, 1 run, flighted and at the stumps, Rabada lofts in the air to long-on for a single
77.4
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, drives it back to the bowler
77.3
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, edge but falls short of slip, delicate hands again and there wasn't any extra bounce on that so Rabada survives
77.2
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, past the outside edge again
77.1
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, inside edge and short of FSL, soft hands were used to defend and that made sure it did not carry
76.6
1
Dananjaya to Rabada, 1 run, lazy push off the back foot, it hits him high on the bat and was in the air but no one on the on-side was there to take it
76.5
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, it kept low a touch and beat the outside edge again. Rabada did well to keep his bat in control
76.4
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, flighted and turning away, past the outside edge
76.3
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, straight delivery at the stumps, blocked back
76.2
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, well tossd up delivery outside off, Rabada was beaten and it went past his outside edge
76.1
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flighted and at the pads, waited for it to turn and nudges it to backward square leg,
75.6
0
Herath to Rabada, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, stays in the crease and defends to cover

Welcome back folks for the second session.

12:03 Local Time, 06:33 GMT, 12:03 IST: All the hard work done by Theunis de Bruyn and Bavuma has been undone by the wily old fox - "Rangayya". What a bowler he is. What a servant for Sri Lankan cricket. Change of ends for him and he did the job. First snuffed out Temba with a fine delivery and had the woefully out of sorts de Kock in the last over before lunch. This after the overnight pair had seen off whatever was thrown at them. Sura even brought himself on to bowl - for the first time in the match - in an attempt to break the obdurate stand, but to no avail. Whatever he tried, was met with stoic resistance. With the partnership finally broken and the new ball now just 25 balls away, Sri Lanka should be aiming to wrap this up very soon. Back to find out what happens soon. A word about Theunis de Bruyn though before we leave - has shown exemplary technique and determination to play the innings of his Test career so far. Certainly deserves a hundred for the way he has shown the rest of his mates on how to play spin here. Also kudos to the hosts for bowling almost 35 overs in a session. A rarity these days in the age of slow over-rates. Back soon to mop things up. Do stay tuned...

75.5
0
Herath to de Kock, out Lbw!! Given out lbw by Tucker. But de Kock wants to review. Went right back to that one and missed. No bat. So we move on. Ball-tracking coming up. de Kock looks nervous. No matter what it will be lunch. And it is umpire's call on hitting. So de Kock is gone. Herath strikes. He was all at sea during those 12 balls he was at the crease, cleverly done in by Herath, who pushed it fuller and trapped de Kock on the back foot. It spun in and missed the inside edge. So the players walk off for lunch with that wicket. de Kock lbw b Herath 8(12) [4s-1]

Herath to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

75.4
0
Herath to de Kock, no run, down leg and de Kock wants to reverse-sweep, bad shot and he misses. Leg-slip collects
75.3
1
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flat and shortish, Theunis de Bruyn whips it off the back foot in front of mid-on for an easy single
75.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, too full once more, easy for Theunis de Bruyn
75.1
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, very full on off, defended

Last over before lunch

74.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, tossed up on off, defended
74.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, shortish, allows de Kock to cover it up on the back foot
74.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, again drift in and then spin away. Trademark Dilruwan Perera, de Kock is lucky that he doesn't feather an edge on the forward block
74.3
2
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, 2 runs, pushed off the back foot wide of cover for two
74.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, my word. What a ball. Pitches outside leg in the rough, spits from there, turning right past the bat, flies at Dickwella, who misses but slip catches it. That went past the bat and the stumps. Great drift in and then vicious spin away
74.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to de Kock, no run, drifts in and slides on to hit the pad, but the impact was on leg, would've gone down and the appeal dies down
73.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, right forward to kill it then and there
73.5
1
Herath to de Kock, leg byes, 1 run, bad batting. Pre-meditation from de Kock, the length is short but de Kock still went for the reverse sweep, missed and it deflected off the pads, leg-slip can't hang on and they take a run

Three men surround de Kock

73.4
0
Herath to de Kock, no run, nicely tossed up on off, forward and blocked
73.3
2
Herath to de Kock, 2 runs, again the reverse sweep, but doesn't get it in the gap, two more to deep point
73.2
4
Herath to de Kock, FOUR, first ball for de Kock and he gets four. With a reverse sweep from the rough, full and he swept it hard and into the gap

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

73.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, out Caught by Dickwella!! Gone and Herath exults. The stand is finally broken. Well held by Dickwella. No doubt about the edge. It is Rangayya who is at it again. Bowls it slower, on middle and off, gets it to grip and it takes the faintest of edges on the forward defence, Dickwella stayed nice and low to hang on. End of Bavuma's resistance. Is that the end of his side as well? Bavuma c Dickwella b Herath 63(98) [4s-4]

Herath to Bavuma, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

72.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, short and on the pads, whipped behind square for a single
72.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, whipped off the back foot to deep mid, "Ekai" shouts Dickwella in Sinhala which means "one" and it is just one
72.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, gets outside off and sweeps hard, just a single again behind square
72.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, takes it from middle and reverse-sweeps, just a single to deep point
72.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, right back and defends wide of leg-slip
72.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, well bowled. May have seen Bavuma use his feet, dragged the length back, the batsman defends it back down the track
71.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, comfortable again for Theunis de Bruyn, bat in front of the pad to defend
71.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pushed through on off, blocked on the front foot
71.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slower and doesn't grip so Theunis de Bruyn has an easy defence
71.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slow turn, but no problems for Theunis de Bruyn to block
71.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted on off, smothered on the front foot
71.1
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slides straight on on off, Theunis de Bruyn defends wide of short leg

Rangana Herath [25.0-4-68-2] is back into the attack

70.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, right back now to counter the flat trajectory
70.5
4
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, FOUR, beautiful off-drive. Dances down and sees the tossed up delivery, to the pitch, drives hard and wide of mid-off. A punch of the gloves with Theunis de Bruyn to mark that shot
70.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, tossed up on off, turned to mid-wicket
70.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, tries to sweep from outside off, inside edge onto the ground and then to boot/pad, finds slip
70.2
4
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, byes, FOUR, more byes. Sharp spin for Dilruwan Perera, beats the paddle and it bounces on Dickwella. Can't glove it and it runs away
70.1
2
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 2 runs, tossed up on middle from round the wicket, a lapped sweep and it needs a tumbling effort from deep backward square to prevent the boundary

Dilruwan Perera [23.0-4-62-1] is back into the attack

69.6
0
Gunathilaka to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, easily blocked to short leg
69.5
0
Gunathilaka to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length on off, whipped to mid-wicket
69.4
2
Gunathilaka to Theunis de Bruyn, byes, 2 runs, pitches around leg and spins further down, no chance for Dickwella, who gives away two byes
69.3
1
Gunathilaka to Bavuma, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket
69.2
0
Gunathilaka to Bavuma, no run, raps the pad but that is comfortably sliding down. Also too high

Slip, short leg and leg-slip in

69.1
0
Gunathilaka to Bavuma, no run, short of length from round the wicket, whipped to mid-wicket

Danushka Gunathilaka, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

The over-rate has been rapid today. 95 minutes in and 28 overs already bowled

68.6
2
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, again waits till the last moment and then dabs it wide of slip for two more
68.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, a hint of a false shot as he tried to whip that to leg, thick leading edge though dribbles to mid-off. Must try to play straight
68.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, nice and soft hands as he stretches forward to block
68.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, watches it pitch outside off, lets it go and the ball doesn't spin back in to threaten off
68.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tossed up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn eases a drive to the right of point
68.1
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, he trusts the sweep so much, takes it from the stumps and hits it hard to deep backward square

Must say highly impressed by Theunis de Bruyn's batting in this innings. Has so far failed to produce the goods at Test level, but this knock could be his coming of age. Has played spin so well

67.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tossed up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn is forward now to block
67.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flat and sliding on, Theunis de Bruyn is right back to quell it
67.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, that's the line and length, short of the forward defence, landing in the rough outside off, Theunis de Bruyn stretches forward to block, it spins in to hit the pad, but the impact was outside off
67.3
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, went right back and cut it to the right of sweeper, easy two and they didn't want to risk the third
67.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, full and on the front foot to block
67.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, "niyama Dilli" is the shout from Dickwella after Dilruwan Perera lands one outside off, Theunis de Bruyn though covers it well
66.6
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg line, smothered
66.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, lovely. Back to delivering from close to the stumps, bit of spin and drift, Bavuma plays outside the line and luckily it takes the inside edge and dies down near his feet
66.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, wide of the crease and slower, Bavuma nudges to mid-wicket
66.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone as Bavuma watches it spin away
66.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, round-arm and short, Bavuma missed out, pulls it straight to the fielder at square leg, was a boundary ball
66.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, tossed up on off, hard hands from Bavuma on the forward block, no silly point and he gets away
65.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, ooh! That spun sharply from a goodish length, Theunis de Bruyn certainly misjudged the length there, went back to cut and the ball spun in to hit the pad outside leg
65.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, calmly defends to the short leg
65.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, the 100-run stand comes up. Fine fine effort. Comes up with a sweep to deep backward square. The first such stand for South Africa on this tour
65.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, straight into the ground that reverse sweep and wide of slip
65.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slightly short, Theunis de Bruyn defends off the back foot to short leg
65.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tossed up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn defends

Dilruwan Perera [21.0-4-58-1] is back into the attack

64.6
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, slower and slow turn too, Bavuma watchfully defends
64.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, slower and tossed up outside off, Bavuma drives and the ball takes the outside half to run away to backward point
64.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, wanted to use his feet, but the length is cleverly pulled back, Bavuma adjusts and blocks to backward point
64.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, slower on off, Bavuma defends from the crease
64.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, flat outside off, Bavuma drives off the back foot, finds backward point
64.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, well outside off, left alone

Dickwella is quite an excitable character. He is constantly chirping away in Sinhala, pepping his boys up. "Anna hari", "niyama daana", "come on Rangayya" are some of the encouraging words

63.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, too full and easily blocked by Theunis de Bruyn
63.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, he is picking everything now. Another leggie and Theunis de Bruyn defends solidly
63.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back to offies, Theunis de Bruyn smothers it
63.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, the leggie now, on middle and leg, defended
63.2
4
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, reverse sweep and four. Very full and he swept it, beats the fielder running across from sweeper. Roshan Silva the fielder, parried it to the rope after getting there
63.1
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, nicely nudged wide of leg-slip, even though it was in the air for sometime, rode the bounce well
62.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tossed up on off, dead-batted

Just a slip and a short leg in

62.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, yorker length outside off, squeezed out to backward point
62.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, right back again, defends
62.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, well played actually, that spat and bounced at Theunis de Bruyn from a length, he went right back and then pulled the bat away from the line of the ball. Pretty much unplayable that from Herath. A puff of dust as well
62.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, "anna hari" is the cry from Dickwella. After Theunis de Bruyn got forward to wrist the drive to short cover
62.1
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, 50 for Bavuma. Well played Temba. Under pressure and he has come up with the goods. Gets a handshake from Theunis de Bruyn. Swept hard to square leg, Dhananjaya on the dive fumbles and they cross over

Rangana Herath [21.0-2-64-2] is back into the attack

61.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, needs to pull the length back, slides across Theunis de Bruyn who counters on the front foot
61.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, too full for the ball to do anything, Theunis de Bruyn smothers

Now round the wicket

61.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, soft hands and defended under his eyes
61.3
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, takes it on the full from outside off and sweeps hard to deep square leg
61.2
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, should've been forward to that, but went right back to the fullish delivery and defends with soft hands to leg-slip
61.1
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, sharp turn but the length is short, Theunis de Bruyn picks it off the back foot through mid-wicket
60.6
0
de Silva to Bavuma, no run, misses the reverse sweep, too full and he takes it on the pad. Imapact though is outside off

Back over the wicket

60.5
1
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, turned from the pads, wide of short leg
60.4
1
de Silva to Bavuma, 1 run, whipped uppishly in the air, but not to anyone, dribbles away to deep square
60.3
1
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, down leg, turning further down, whipped away to deep backward square
60.2
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted on the stumps, Theunis de Bruyn drives it back to de Silva
60.1
1
de Silva to Bavuma, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, flicked to deep mid
59.6
2
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, he has used his reach to great effect in this innings, he strides fully forward and then bottom-hands a drive through cover for a brace
59.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, too full and turned softly to short leg
59.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, and again. Right forward to smother the fullish delivery
59.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, nicely flighted outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets forward to block
59.2
2
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, reverse swept, they come back for two as the fielder is a bit slow
59.1
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, wow. How do you play that? An absolute brute, pitches outside off in the rough and spits at Bavuma like a venomous cobra, no chance for the batsman, luckily it takes the glove and lobs well wide of Mathews at slip

Drinks are on the field now. 55 runs in that passage of play. Both de Bruyn and Bavuma have shown resistance which was missing from the South African batsmen this entire tour but for how long can they last?

58.6
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery at the stumps, blocks it to FSL
58.6
1
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, wide, it pitches outside leg and turns further away. Umpire calls it wide
58.5
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, wristy flick to the leg-side
58.4
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and outside off, he was cramped for room in attempting a cut shot and ends up pushing it to mid-off
58.3
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, goes on the back foot and defends it to leg-slip using soft hands
58.2
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, blocks it down to FSL
58.1
0
de Silva to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, quicker delivery down leg, Theunis de Bruyn ignores it

Dhananjaya de Silva, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

57.6
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, driven to mid-on from the crease
57.5
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, goes on the back foot and uses wrists to turn it to the leg-side for a single
57.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery around off, Theunis de Bruyn comes on the front foot and defends it back. He holds his pose for sometime to flaunt that defensive shot
57.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges forward and blocks this delivery down to FSL
57.2
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, down leg and Theunis de Bruyn leaves it
57.1
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, goes on the back foot and pushes to mid-on, Bavuma becomes Usain Bolt for some seconds and completes the run. The mid-on fielder fumbles too
56.6
0
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery around off, hint of inward movement. Theunis de Bruyn brings out the straight bat and defends it back
56.5
1
Lakmal to Bavuma, 1 run, back of a length delivery aiming at the body, goes inside the line of the ball and tucks it to deep square leg
56.4
0
Lakmal to Bavuma, no run, good length delivery outside off, had enough time to open the face to gully
56.3
0
Lakmal to Bavuma, no run, plants his front foot forward and lets that outside off delivery go into the gloves of Dickwella
56.2
0
Lakmal to Bavuma, no run, stays in the crease and presents straight bat to defend it to the leg-side
56.1
0
Lakmal to Bavuma, no run, he was early into that pull shot. Bat came down early and it went into the gloves of Dickwella without making any contact
55.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, straight delivery at the stumps, goes behind the line of the stumps and defends it to FSL
55.5
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, comes on the front foot and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single
55.4
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, wanted to drive this through covers, gets an inside edge and it went in the air, falls in no man's land at square leg
55.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges forward and blocks it down
55.2
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good take by the FSL fielder but there wasn't any involvement of an edge
55.1
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length ball around off, goes on the back foot and defends it to FSL
54.6
1
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, identifies the slower ball quickly and brings his wrists into play to turn into the leg-side and retain strike
54.5
0
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length ball at the stumps, waited for the ball to arrive and defends it back under his eyes, bat and pad were close together in dealing with this ball
54.4
4
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, short of length delivery and Theunis de Bruyn had been waiting for it since ages. He gets on top of the bounce and pulls it handsomely in front of square for a four
54.3
2
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, good length delivery shaping into Theunis de Bruyn who flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a quick single, fielder there had a shy at the non striker's end, no one was backing up and it results in an extra run
54.2
0
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, gentle delivery, good length ball outside off, Theunis de Bruyn blocks it back
54.1
0
Lakmal to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, first delivery of the Test match for Lakmal! It was a back of a length delivery outside off, Theunis de Bruyn pushes it to cover

Suranga Lakmal, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

53.6
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, goes on the back foot and mistimes the cut to point for a single
53.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery down leg, Dickwella collects it down leg
53.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, comes forward then goes back and pushes the offie back to the bowler
53.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, uses delicate hands to keep it down to FSL
53.2
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, blocks it back
53.1
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, goes outside the line and misses the sweep, impact was outside so not a major appeal
52.6
4
Herath to Bavuma, FOUR, goes down on his knee and unleashes the sweep again, connects it well and it races along the turf for a four through backward square leg
52.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, fuller length ball, Bavuma defends
52.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, misses the tuck and ball was stuck between his legs
52.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, pitching outside leg, padded it away
52.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, straight bat and a defensive shot
52.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, goes on the back foot, adjusts turn and bounce and defends to the off-side
51.6
2
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, byes, 2 runs, sharp turn on this delivery and it beats everyone. It pitches around off and turns past the leg-stump. Dickwella gets glove to it, it deflects off the gloves to fine leg. Umpire signals bye. Replays show that there was a faint inside edge on it
51.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges forward, was beaten by the turn but manages to defend it back
51.4
4
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, brilliant footwork! Uses the depth of the crease to perfection and punches it wide of mid-off for a four
51.3
1
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 1 run, tossed up and at the stumps, whips it to square leg for a single
51.2
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, much better line! Bavuma goes back and and defends down
51.1
4
Dananjaya to Bavuma, FOUR, poor delivery to start his spell. Bavuma rocks back, uses the width on this short ball and punches it through point for a four

Akila Dananjaya [10.0-2-35-2] is back into the attack

50.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length and at the stumps, comes forward and defends it down
50.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and at the stumps, blocks it wide of FSL
50.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, beats the outside edge again! This has been a pattern
50.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, stays in the crease and blocks back
50.2
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, much slower and at the stumps, Bavuma presses forward to block, the outside edge evades first slip
50.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, brilliant delivery. Pitched outside off and spun sharply past the bat, too good to find an edge
49.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, fuller length and outside off, Bavuma moves his front leg away from the line of the stumps and sweeps it to fine leg for a single
49.5
2
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 2 runs, lot of air and fuller in length, Bavuma plants his front foot forward and drives it through cover for a brace. The couple brings up the 50-run stand between the duo
49.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, goes on the back foot and clips it with the turn to the leg-side
49.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, turns it to fine leg for a single
49.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and outside off, Theunis de Bruyn comes on the front foot. Ball spun sharply, off the pads to FSL. Dickwella appeals, he always does but umpire wasn't interested
49.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, uses his wrists to turn this outside off delivery to mid-on
48.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, stays in the crease and defends it confidently to FSL
48.5
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, well tossed up and at the pads, hits the bat high on the clip, in the air but wide of FSL. Dickwella was excited as usual!
48.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, comes on the front foot and defends to cover
48.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, goes on the back foot and ends up missing the ball. It raps him on the pads but was going down leg
48.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, blocks this flighted delivery to FSL, uses soft hands
48.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, flighted and at the stumps, Bavuma was back and he defends it back
47.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted, it pitched around middle and ended up around leg. Theunis de Bruyn puts bat to it and it rolls to short fine again who will always be busy with this on-side line
47.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery turning into Theunis de Bruyn who clips it with the the turn to short fine
47.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, off the pads and it drops short of FSL
47.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery at the stumps, defended to the leg-side
47.2
4
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, first fifty for a South African batsman on this tour. His maiden fifty too. It was a flighted delivery outside off, there was room and Theunis de Bruyn punches it to cover for a boundary
47.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, goes on the back foot and pushes it to cover for a single
46.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, outside edge and just short of slip . He used soft hands to tackle it and that saves him
46.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, crouches low and defends it to FSL, almost sits and execute this shot
46.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery outside off, left alone
46.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, again it went past the outside edge. He is doing well to keep his bat in the line of the stumps
46.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, comes on the front foot to block but it went past his outside edge
46.1
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, sweeps it to deep square leg for a single
45.6
5
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 5 runs, pushes to the leg-side and takes a quick single, Gunathilka had a shy at the stumps, he misses it and there wasn't anyone backing up so that will be 5 runs
45.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, comes down the track, misses the ball, off the pads and to FSL. Sri Lanka thought Bavuma got an inside edge and they took a review, there was clearly no inside edge and they lose a review. Umpire checked for LBW too, it was missing the stumps by a mile

Review: Sri Lanka have taken a review for bat-pad against Bavuma. There is day light between bat and pad so clearly there is no inside edge. Umpire is checking for LBW now. Impact was umpire's call and it was missing the stumps. Sri Lanka lose a review.

45.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, tossed up delivery at the pads, Theunis de Bruyn goes on the back foot and tucks it to the leg-side
45.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, unleashes the sweep shot again, mistimes it and it was in the air for sometime, falls in no man's land and goes to backward square leg
45.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flighted delivery down leg, clips it to the leg-side for a single
45.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, waited for the ball to turn and defends it back to the bowler
44.6
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, slow turn on this one and Bavuma was beaten again, past the outside edge
44.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, another one that spun a lot and beat the outside edge
44.4
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Bavuma misses the drive, inside half of the bat takes it back to the bowler
44.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, flighted delivery, it turns a lot after pitching. Bavuma played inside the line of the ball and it beats his outside edge
44.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, blocks it to the off-side
44.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, goes on the back foot and blocks it back
43.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, offie turning down leg, Dickwella fails to collect it cleanly
43.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turn and bounce again, Theunis de Bruyn plays down the wrong line, off the pads and to leg slip
43.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, goes on the back foot and keeps it down to leg-slip using soft hands
43.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tries to sweep but ends up missing it as there was turn and bounce
43.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, Theunis de Bruyn got an inside edge onto his pad to that offie and that saves him. A huge shout for lbw, but the Lankans knew that there was bat involved
43.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, dances down, fails to read the pitch, manages to clip it with the turn to the leg-side for a single
42.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Theunis de Bruyn comes on the front foot and blocks it. He wasn't to the pitch of the ball and it hits him high on the willow
42.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, touch short and turning away, Theunis de Bruyn goes on the back foot and turns it behind square on the leg-side
42.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, pushes to short cover
42.3
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, another one down leg and Bavuma paddles again, there is a fiedler at fine leg and they can take only one run
42.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, stays in the crease and blocks it back
42.1
2
Herath to Bavuma, 2 runs, Bavuma is ready to sweep eveything and he gets the line and length to take out that shot. It was down leg and Bavuma paddles it wide of short fine for a brace
41.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, crouches low and defends it wide of FSL
41.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges forward and blocks this flighted delivery back to Dilruwan Perera
41.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turning delivery down leg, Theunis de Bruyn misses the flick and Dickwella collects it
41.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery aiming at the stumps, defended off the crease to FSL
41.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, plants his front foot across and sweeps it to short fine for a single
41.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, good length delivery that held its line, Bavuma played for the turn and outside half of the bat takes it to short third man

It is a gorgeous day in Colombo and players are out in the middle. Umpire says let's play and here we go.

Mathews: It was not the easiest wicket to bat on. The ball was turning, if you think of the pitch then you won't be able to score runs. I haven't played a lot of cricket in the recent past so it is difficult when you come back but I was hitting the ball really well. You got to keep motivating yourself, the batters know that pitch is tough but you got to forget about that and try to score runs. The visiting teams find it tough here and when we go to South Africa we find it tough there. South Africa are number 2 team in the world and we have played outstanding cricket.

The ones who portrayed courage to stay till the end of the day at the SSC were rewarded for it. The last three hours of the day were action-packed. It had thrill, drama and action like a Bollywood movie but what this game lacks is the climax of a Bollywood thriller as we are well-versed with the outcome of the match. Live action in a bit.

Day 4: 09:30 Local Time, 04:00 GMT, 09:30 IST: If yesterday's play would have been a movie then most of the audience would have chosen to leave the theater by half-time, it was so dull. Sri Lanka had no idea how to go about their business, they never put their foot on accelerator and South Africa lacked the zeal to breakthrough. So, that wave of the hand from Suranga Lakmal when their lead was 489 came as a sigh of relief for the South Africans as well as cricket aficionados.

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Well, you don't have to be a connoisseur to tell where this match is heading. The only question is for how long South Africa can delay the inevitable. Thenuis de Bruyn has played spin well and he is their last hope of reducing the loss margin. Another hope is weather but let's not go there. Join us for the final day tomorrow, which would definitely be the final day of the series unless a miracle happens.

17:03 Local Time, 11:33 GMT, 17:03 IST: Another enthralling day of Test cricket.

17:03 Local Time, 11:33 GMT, 17:03 IST: Another enthralling day of Test cricket. Sri Lankan players wear bright smiles as they walk back into the dressing room. Win is just a formality for them but South Africa have done well to drag this match into day 4. In fact, luck has been on their side since they have come out to bat. Elgar was out off a no-ball twice, he was once called back from the dressing room. There have been 4 LBW decisions that have gone South Africa's way courtesy umpire's call still they find themselves in a terrible position.

40.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slower in the air and aiming at the stumps. Theunis de Bruyn had the time to adjust and block back. That will be stumps on day, 3
40.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, touch short and Theunis de Bruyn cuts it to point, straight to the fielder
40.4
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, sweeps again, connects decently well to backward square leg for a single
40.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, he was early into the shot and ends up lobbing it in the air to cover, falls in no-man's land again
40.2
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, fuller length delivery turning away from Bavuma, plays inside the line of the ball and it goes past the outside edge
40.1
2
Herath to Bavuma, 2 runs, well, that has become predictable now. Bavuma goes for the sweep again, doesn't time it and it was in the air again, falls safe to deep square leg for a brace
39.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, changes the angle on this ball. Delivers it at the stumps and Theunis de Bruyn defends it back
39.5
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, width on this ball and Theunis de Bruyn opens the face of the bat to backward point for a brace
39.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocked back
39.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, blocks it back to the bowler
39.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, 1 run, sweep is the get out of jail shot for Bavuma, to square leg for a single
39.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Bavuma, no run, massive turn on this ball, it pitched well outside off and ended up at the middle stump. Bavuma definitely got an inside edge to it and it falls just wide of Dickwella who dives full stretch but fails to reach it

Dilruwan Perera [15.0-4-35-1] is back into the attack

Just 2 overs left in the day. South African Physio is out, he is giving attention to the elbow of de Bruyn. It seems fine now.

38.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges forward and defends it back to Herath to end the over
38.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery aiming at the stumps, blocks it back
38.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, drags his length back on this ball, this one turned sharply too and it whizzed past the outside edge too
38.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, well tossed up delivery outside off, it spun sharply and past the outside edge of Theunis de Bruyn who did well to keep his bat in control
38.2
1
Herath to Bavuma, 1 run, another sweep shot from Bavuma, gets it wide of short fine for a single
38.1
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, flighted delivery at the stumps, defends to the off-side
37.6
4
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, attempted leggie goes wrong, it was short and outside off, Theunis de Bruyn rocks back and dispatches it wide of mid-off for a four. Too easy for Theunis de Bruyn!
37.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, uses soft hands to tackle it and manages to defend it short of FSL
37.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, blocks this ball back under his eyes
37.3
3
Dananjaya to Bavuma, 3 runs, slow offie, it pitches outside off, Bavuma stays in the crease, lets the ball to turn and opens the face of the bat. There is no one at cover and allows batsmen to take three
37.2
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, goes on the back foot and nudges it to the leg-side for a single
37.1
4
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, plants his front foot across to move himself away from the line of the stumps and sweeps it to backward square leg for a four
36.6
2
Herath to Bavuma, 2 runs, attempts a sweep again, closes the face of the bat early, got a leading edge and it just goes over short fine, Roshen Silva chases it and dives to keep the ball in
36.5
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, takes it on the full and pushes it to mid-off
36.4
4
Herath to Bavuma, FOUR, when in doubt against spin, sweep. Bavuma follows this. Goes down on his knees and sweeps this flighted delivery to square leg for a four
36.3
0
Herath to Bavuma, no run, outside half of the bat takes it wide of slip
36.2
1
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, goes on the back foot and turns it to the leg-side for a single
36.1
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and at the stumps, defended back
35.6
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, flighted and turning in, off the pads and it pops up to FSL
35.5
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, goes on the back foot and blocks it to the leg-side
35.4
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, audacious from Bavuma. He isn't reading the ball off the hands so tried to gamble by taking the reverse sweep, misses it totally, ordinary batting this from Bavuma
35.3
0
Dananjaya to Bavuma, no run, flighted and at the stumps, Bavuma drops it back

Slip, silly point, FSL, short mid-wicket. All are in for this hat-trick ball. I can see 6 men surround the batsman

Temba Bavuma, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.2
0
Dananjaya to Maharaj, out Lbw!! Maharaj will have to taste his own medicine. Spin gets the better of him. Probably the confidence of his bowling performance has lead to take this review. It is dead in front. There wasn't an inside edge and ball is crashing the stumps. What a waste of a review from Maharaj. Dananjaya is on a hat-trick, he has a great chance of having one. Maharaj lbw b Dananjaya 0(1)

Dananjaya to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, out Caught by Mathews!! Excellent review from Lakmal and Sri Lanka. It was a wrong 'un, du Plessis fails to pick it up. He played it outside the line of the ball, got a tiny inside edge and it lobs in the air to slip. Umpire Rod Tucker had a good hard look but shakes his head, Lakmal listens to the advice of Dickwella and goes upstairs and for a change he is proved right. Faf while walking back gestured to Tucker that he hit the pad with the bat. Wasn't happy at all. du Plessis c Mathews b Dananjaya 7(13) [4s-1]

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

Review Time: They are going upstairs for a catch at slip. Dickwella looks confident but he is always confident. One can't go by his reaction. This time though he is correct, slightest of an inside edge and then it pops to slip.

34.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and outside off, Theunis de Bruyn waited and cuts it to backward point
34.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, he was shaping up to play a paddle sweep but after watching the line of the ball decides against it. Line was around off and he ends up defending it to the off-side
34.4
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slow turn on this one. Theunis de Bruyn had the time to adjust and he defends it to the off-side
34.3
1
Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, width on this delivery and du Plessis pushes it to mid-off for a single
34.2
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, another one that spun sharply, du Plessis did well to keep his bat in the line of the stumps and it fizzes past the outside edge again
34.1
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, sharp turn again for Herath! du Plessis played inside the line of the ball and it went past the outside edge
33.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, drags his length back a touch, Theunis de Bruyn waits for the ball to arrive and block it wide of FSL
33.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and outside off, Theunis de Bruyn plunges forward and drives it back. He is forcing Theunis de Bruyn to come on the front foot
33.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defends it back to the bowler
33.3
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, sweeps it with the turn to deep square leg for a single
33.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, this one turned in miles, du Plessis was shaping up to cut it but it starts from sixth stump and ends up at leg-stump. Off the pads and deflects to the leg-side
33.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, flighted delivery turning into du Plessis, misses the tuck and ends up hitting him on the pads
32.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, opens the face of the bat and drives to point
32.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defends it back to the bowler
32.4
2
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, sweeps it to backward square leg for a double, in the air for sometime but falls in no man's land
32.3
4
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, byes, FOUR, that one missed everyone. It turned massively after hitting one of those footmarks and went past Dickwella, in fact it goes in between slip and keeper for a four
32.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defends it back
32.1
1
Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, lucky! Plays down the wrong line a touch and inside half of the bat takes it wide of FSL fielder, it was in the air for sometime
31.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, again hangs back to give him that extra bit of time to read the ball off the pitch. He got behind the line of the ball and defends it back to the bowler
31.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery at the stumps, wrong 'un from Dananjaya, Theunis de Bruyn reads it off the pitch and defends it back
31.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, goes back in the crease to turn it down to the leg-side
31.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn moves himself away from the line of the stumps and sweeps it to short fine
31.2
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defends it wide of FSL who walks across to field it
31.1
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted ball turning into Theunis de Bruyn who goes on the back foot and defends it to the leg-side

Akila Dananjaya [6.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

30.6
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, decides to use his feet, Herath watches that and fires this one at the pads. du Plessis did well to get his bat down on time and defend to cover
30.5
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, another ball aimed at the stumps, blocked back again
30.4
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, fuller length delivery aiming at the stumps, defended back
30.3
4
Herath to du Plessis, FOUR, what a way to get off the mark. Goes down on his knees and sweeps it through deep mid-wicket for a boundary
30.2
0
Herath to du Plessis, no run, fuller length outside off, pushes to the off-side

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

30.1
0
Herath to Amla, out Bowled!! Snorter absolute snorter from Herath! Dream of a delivery for Herath and that ends a disaster of a Test series for Amla. It was touch fuller of good length, Amla was pinned to his crease, he should have come forward but didn't, ball spun slightly and smashes the off-pole. Amla looks back slightly, he realized what had happened and chose not to look back at the entire sight of stumps being rattled. Amla b Herath 6(18) [4s-1]

Herath to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Rangana Herath [9.0-1-35-1] is back into the attack

29.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length ball aiming at the stumps, lets it turn and defends it back
29.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted and outside off, blocked to the off-side
29.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flatter delivery aiming at the stumps, stays in the crease and defends to the leg-side
29.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defends it down to the off-side under his eyes
29.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, drags his length back, it spins too. Off the pads and wide of FSL
29.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, straight delivery around off, Theunis de Bruyn goes on the back foot and blocks it back. Got behind the line of the ball well
28.6
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, well flighted and at the stumps, Theunis de Bruyn makes room and opens the face of the bat wide of mid-off to retain strike
28.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Theunis de Bruyn plunges forward and defends it under his eyes
28.4
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, dances down to reach the pitch of the ball and turns it just wide of FSL for a single
28.3
4
Dananjaya to Amla, byes, FOUR, poor delivery down the leg-side, Amla ignores the ball, it hits a footmark and goes wide of leg-slip for a four
28.2
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, comes down the track and pushes it back
28.1
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, wanted to come forward but then decides to stay back, it was down the leg-side and keeper collects it

It's time for drinks. These two are looking fairly comfortable against spin so far. South Africa will hope that they carry on and take them till stumps.

27.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, takes a confident stride forward and smothers any turn on offer
27.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, nervy.. Bruyn opts to stay back and defend this darter. Soft hands ensured that it hit the pitch and spun back in to fall near the batsman's feet
27.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slow and that middle-and-leg-line. Bruyn crouches low and tickles it softly to leg-slip
27.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, 1 run, 82kph, Amla ventures out of his crease and flicks it away along the ground to deep mid-wicket
27.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, no run, spin and bounce for Perera, however it's down leg. So, no worries for Amla
27.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, slanted with the arm from round the wicket outside off, Bruyn forces it through cover
26.6
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, spins in from outside off, Amla takes it on the pad and it spoons up to FSL. A shout by the Lankans for a possible bat-pad, but it has missed the willow by a long way
26.5
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, blocked down the pitch
26.5
1
Dananjaya to Amla, no ball, spinning down leg, Dickwella misses it and guess what? it's called a no-ball
26.4
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, flat and angled at the stumps, Amla pivots bac k and defends
26.3
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, Sri Lanka review: An appeal for LBW not given. Dickwella is consulted and they have challenged the on-field decision. Fair delivery. No spike on the UltraEdge which suggests that there's not bat. What's HawkEye saying? Everyone is anxious, looking at the giant screens. Pitching - outside off. Impact - umpire's call. Wickets - hitting. Since the on-field call is not out, it will stay not out. Tactical review by the hosts against Amla. Another ill-advised sweep, this zipped through and sneaked under his bat to knock him on the pad
26.2
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, silky from Amla. This should give him confidence. Chips out of his blocks, gets to the pitch and creams the drive through extra cover
26.1
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, mild appeal but aborted soon. Amla misses the sweep, luckily has his front pad well outside the line as he misses it. Ruling out any chance of LBW
25.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, offie with loads of flight, Bruyn again gets greedy for drive. Fails to account for the drive and meets it off the inner half back to the bowler
25.5
2
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, the covers is kept open and Bruyn is lured into the drive and he accepts the invitation. Cracking it crisply and they will take two
25.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turning down leg, Bruyn gets across and tickles it to leg-slip
25.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, rifled full outside off, Bruyn jams an inside edge onto his boot
25.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flattish from Perera, worked with the spin to the leg-side
25.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, sliding on leg, Bruyn waits back and turns it defensively to FSL
24.6
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, flighted on the stumps, Amla stabs his bat in front of pad and smothers it
24.5
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, leading edge, just wide of Dananjaya. Bruyn closed the bat face early and popped it back towards his partner. Hits the willow and ricochets away to long-off
24.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, sits low and across, keeps his bat next to pad and blocks
24.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, the leggie from Dananjaya, Bruyn watches and plays it with an angled bat
24.2
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, plunges across, misses the forward defence and gets slammed on the pad. Appeal withdrawn halfway as the impact was well outside off
24.1
4
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Bruyn shows some positive intent. Skips out and reaches the pitch, whacks it with the turn over mid-wicket
23.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, no run, moves across his sticks and counters the drift by defending it off the back foot
23.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, no run, spinning down leg, Amla doesn't fiddle at that
23.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Amla, no run, sticks to round the wicket, keeps it on leg. Blocked

Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease

23.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, out Lbw!! Elgar is pinned in front. But hang on folks. First things first. Let's check for the no-ball says umpire Rod Tucker. Phew, Perera has thankfully got some part of his heel behind the line. So, not a no-ball. Anddd Elgar finally runs out of luck. Third time lucky is Perera. Birthday boy strikes. It was a grubber, just didn't rise after hitting the deck. An under-cutter and it kept going on and on. Creeped under Elgar's bat - he was backing away and is pinned low on the pads. Dead in front of middle and he was a plumbahh. Elgar lbw b Dilruwan Perera 37(80) [4s-4]

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

23.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, peach. Bowled it lot slower, shortened his length as it was pitched on off. Bounced off rapidly and went through to the keeper to startle Elgar - who just stayed inside the line
23.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, lasered outside off, Elgar plants his front foot across to gently tap it to extra cover
22.6
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, "Catchh" was the cry, it falls short of leg-slip. Bruyn went for the sweep, had to pick it from outside off. In fact, it was off the forearm. Lobs up in the air and goes to ground quickly. It wasn't a chance then
22.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, stretches forward, combats the turn and kills it into the pitch
22.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, darter on middle, safely kept out
22.3
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turned with the spin to FSL
22.2
5
Dananjaya to Elgar, 5 runs, tossed up outside off, a feeble push towards point and they hare across for a tight single. A better throw at the keeper's end could've had de Bruyn in trouble. Oh, the ball deflects his bat and beats a diving Perera to his left to roll away to the fence. Bonus runs for the Proteas
22.1
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, defended after taking half a stride
21.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, "Ahh" go the Lankans in chorus, perhaps it was missing the off-stump there. Bruyn bent low on the sweep, missed the line of the ball and is hit on the thigh pad. Impact was outside the line of off as well
21.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, aims for the sweep, twirls his wrists and times it to leg-slip, who intercepts it somehow
21.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, drifter. Goes on with the angle and Bruyn didn't pick it. Held his bat in front of his pad and it went through to Dickwella
21.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, straighter line from Perera, flicked into the barren land at mid-wicket
21.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, Bruyn thought about using his feet, but decided against it upon seeing the ball pitched short. Tentatively nurdled round the corner
21.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, quicker on leg, clipped to FSL
20.6
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, heard me probably, gets onto the front foot much early and stonewalls it with an open-bat face
20.5
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, again, Elgar is ready on the back foot. He isn't picking it off the hand and merely playing according to the line. Blocked off the front foot
20.4
1
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, teaser outside off, Bruyn stomps forward and drives it crisply to long-off to bring the 50-run partnership
20.3
1
Dananjaya to Elgar, 1 run, shaved into the vacant mid-wicket region
20.2
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, turned a mile. Pitched on off, hits a crack or something before breaking away into Dickwella's glove. Elgar was just on the back foot, positioning his bat inside the line
20.1
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, bit of uncertainty for Elgar. Is pinned back, measures the degree of turn. But it's an arm-ball and he quickly had to bring his bat to defend it
19.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fired in full at the stumps, Bruyn keeps his bat in front of pad to negate the threat
19.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, slower and shorter, Elgar is able to camp back and nudge it to mid-wicket
19.4
4
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, FOUR, Elgar brings out the mandatory sweep. Sits down low, flexes his arms and launches it over mid-wicket. Take that, says Elgar!
19.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, rippah. You'll keep getting these jaffas on a dustbowl like this. Nothing much you can do about it. This straightens after pitching and opens up Elgar like a bottle of can. He played for the armer and is beaten all ends up
19.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, 85.5kph, too full and it's dealt with a wristy flick to square leg
19.1
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, Perera overpitches outside off, Elgar with an open-batted push to point and they scamper through for a quick single
18.6
2
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, there's the sweep to keep the spinner at bay. Nails it hard along the ground, the fielder at deep square leg dives across and makes a fabulous stop
18.5
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turn and bounce, Bruyn nearly tucked it into the FSL fielder's hands. Did well to roll his wrists at the last moment, it was dipping quickly and the fielder couldn't get his hands down in time to hold onto it
18.4
0
Dananjaya to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slowish on off and middle, wristed to mid-wicket
18.3
1
Dananjaya to Elgar, 1 run, smidgen short on leg, turned with the spin to the leg-side
18.2
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, woah. Unplayable stuff. Lands the off-break on off, asks Elgar to play and it roars up to whistle past the outside edge
18.1
0
Dananjaya to Elgar, no run, straightaway unleashes the offie, goes on with the angle and Elgar is caught playing for the spin. Misses and is rapped on the pad. Appeal for LBW, it was sliding down leg easily with the angle

Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Here's the kingpin. The man who destroyed South Africa in the first innings. Akila Dananjaya with two slips and FSL.

17.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, was that a chance? I guess so. Tosses up and Bruyn skips out in a hurry, fails to meet the pitch and bat-pad lobs up in the air. FSL fielder sprawls across to pouch it, but it falls in front of him
17.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, jerks his front foot across and plays it with a closed bat face to leg-slip
17.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, spins in appreciably again, Bruyn misses the tuck and gets hit high on the pad
17.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, drift, dip and turn. Bruyn holds his bat forward to defend. Excess turn meant that it took the inside edge before trickling to FSL
17.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, spun back in a mile from outside off, Bruyn reads it off the surface and engineers room to quell it
17.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flat and quick outside off, Bruyn with a languid jab to cover
16.6
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, tempter outside off, Elgar is enticed into the drive. Doesn't go full throttle, ends up getting an inside edge onto his pad
16.5
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, half-hearted appeal for LBW, the impact was outside off. Hence, the shake of head from umpire Nigel Llong. Spins in from the rough, beats Elgar on the push and raps him low on the pad
16.4
1
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, slower through the air and Bruyn instantly jumps back to work it down towards long-on
16.3
4
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, when in doubt, unveil the sweep. That seems to be the mantra for Bruyn. Gets down well in time, locks his wrists and sweeps it with the turn behind square on the leg-side
16.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, keeps his bat forward to counter the turn. It was the non-turner and Bruyn's block takes the inside half to roll past FSL
16.1
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flat and zipping just outside off, Bruyn is cramped for room. Adjusts in time to force it to extra cover
15.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, slow and too short, Elgar makes room and punches it to cover
15.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, whoosh! Spin and bounce. Skids on sharply and rips past a straight bat of Elgar as he holds his bat inside the line
15.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no ball, Elgar's struggles are over. Birthday boy redeems himself after two blips earlier. First a drop and a bowled off a no-ball. No issues whatsoever on this occasion. A below-par series with the bat for the Southpaw and he was scratchy right from the start here. Tossed and spinning away outside off, the batsman gets greedy and throws his bat on the cut. A litte nick and safely caught by the keeper. Oh, wait! A belated enquiry for a no-ball check. Wow, can you believe it? It's again a close call. Is Perera's front foot on the line? Well, comedy of errors. Amla is already made his way to the centre. Now, the signal is out and it's a no-ball. Elgar, who was strolling towards the hut is called back. Jeez! He can book a table at the Casino today after the game. So lucky. I spoke too soon, Perera is having a forgettable birthday. Oh dear!
15.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, thrusts his bat forward, head still at the ball and dead-batted
15.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, plays for the line, defends it off the front foot
15.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, beaten soundly. Flights it on off, Elgar was on the front foot to defend and then it grips and cunningly turns past the outside edge
15.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, straying a bit on leg, Elgar gets half-a-stride forward and smothers
14.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flights it up on off, stabbed off the front foot
14.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, some excitement from the Sri Lankans as this pops up in the air after hitting the boot. However, it eludes FSL and drops in no-man's land. Bruyn attempts the conventional sweep, not the ideal length and he under-edges it. Think it pitched before hitting the boot, so a case of bump call
14.4
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, slow and short, Elgar has enough time to poke it towards point
14.3
4
Herath to Elgar, FOUR, tell you what, this is quite risky from Elgar. Goes for the reverse, takes it in front of the stumps and does a bit of wrist work to time it square on the off-side. Had he missed that, he would've been a goner!
14.2
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, overdoes the loop does Herath. Too full and rightly bunted under his eyes
14.1
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, Elgar tries to take a cue from his partner. But he gets his front leg way too across and misses. Wears it on the pad
13.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slowish on middle, leaning defence from Bruyn
13.5
4
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, unorthodoxy from Bruyn. That's the way to go here. Gets very low, brings out the broom and reverse-sweeps it along the ground past short third man. Made sure he rolled his wrists and found the placement to perfection
13.4
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, gives more flight outside off, Elgar drives and Karunaratne from point moves across and makes a one-handed stop
13.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, touch quicker just outside off, Elgar hangs back and smothers it
13.2
2
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 2 runs, turn and bounce takes the outside edge to evade gully. Lured Elgar into a drive and he goes after it. The ball grips and catches the outside edge towards third man
13.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, pitches it up from round the wicket, Elgar is playing on merit - happy to keep it out

Slip, gully and FSL for DP.

12.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, angled in with the arm, Bruyn plays slightly outside the line and blocks it off the inner half of the willow
12.5
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, round-armish darter, turned away with the spin through square leg
12.4
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, slower, just outside off. Neatly blocked
12.3
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, shorter and Elgar waits on the back foot. Defends it into the pitch and it bounces to surprise the batsman
12.2
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, drifting in, crouches low and defends
12.1
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, tosses on off, forward and blocked

We're back live again. Drops, appeals, edges, reviews, no-balls and intrigue aplenty in that tricky little phase. The Sri Lankan spin duo of Dilruwan and Herath have set the cat amongst the pigeons. 9 more wickets to go, can they wrap it up in this session? You might wonder that I am ruling out the possibility of a South African win or a draw here, guess what. I am actually. The players are out in the middle and the spin marathon resumes with Herath continuing. Slip, leg-slip and FSl in place.

14:44 Local Time, 09:14 GMT, 14:44 IST: The last 50 minutes of the session has seen more action than anything we have seen before that today. So dire that it lulled me into having a nap. But wow this has been an action-packed end to proceedings. South Africa very very lucky to be still one-down. Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn both fortunate that luck was with them. On another day they could be four down by now. Elgar was dropped and then bowled off a no-ball. Two reviews against Theunis de Bruyn in the last over before tea. And add the numerous times the ball has gone past the bat. Spinners on song as expected and more to come in the form of Akila who is yet to bowl. Should be a fascinating final session. Won't be easy for the Proteas. Will it be the last session of the series as well? The batsmen might want to have a different say. Let's find out what is going to happen. We'll be back in a jiffy. Don't go anywhere...

11.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, shouts of "catch it" but the inside edge onto the pad dies down in front of the forward-diving leg-slip. Definite snick onto pad, but didnt' carry. And that will be tea as well. What an eventful last over it was
11.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, another review. Again for lbw. Again Dickwella the man very confident. Again Reiffel having to adjudicate. He is being disturbed far too often on a hot day. Jokes aside this looks close. Again no bat. Again umpire's call on impact. Theunis de Bruyn will survive. Again Theunis de Bruyn gets away. This was close, as Theunis de Bruyn missed the forward block, down the wrong line, playing inside the line and lucky that the onfield call went with him. Tucker not giving it. Sri Lanka don't lose their review
11.4
4
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, leg byes, FOUR, Dickwella is very confident, so confident that he has allowed the ball to run away to the fence. Suranga goes for a review against Theunis de Bruyn. Given not out onfield. No bat. UltraEdge confirms that. Ball-tracking next. Umpire's call on hitting. So Theunis de Bruyn will survive. Theunis de Bruyn played inside the line of that and down the wrong line. Didn't straighten enough. Close but went with Tucker
11.3
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, shortish and worked off the back foot through vacant mid-wicket. Elgar is happy with one
11.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Elgar smothers it well
11.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, tossed up outside off, Elgar pushes to short cover
10.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, immediately Herath shortens the length, gets it to spin past the bat, as Theunis de Bruyn went on the back foot to cover it, too good for him
10.5
4
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, dangerous but Theunis de Bruyn plays it well, takes the full delivery from the stumps and sweeps, low and nice, through mid-wicket
10.4
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, very full and an extended forward block, towards mid-on gets Elgar off strike
10.3
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, slower and Elgar gets forward to defend. Shouts of "Anna hari" and "Niyama daana" from the Lankans
10.2
4
Herath to Elgar, FOUR, this he has hit it beautifully. The reverse hit and hit powerfully and in the air, well wide of any fielder
10.1
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, tossed up outside off, Elgar goes for a big reverse sweep, manages to scatter some dust from the pitch
9.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, dragged down, easy tuck off the pads
9.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, even slower and more spin. But from a flat trajectory, Elgar hangs his bat out and the ball misses the edge by a long way
9.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, bit more air and this grips and turns to beat the forward defence. Lovely
9.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, he is sitting on the crease and this he defends to short leg
9.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, fuller around off, Elgar defends
9.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, slightly short, punched to backward point
8.6
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, another block, this time right under his eyes
8.5
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, quicker, on off, Theunis de Bruyn defends off the back foot
8.4
4
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, the sweep comes out and Theunis de Bruyn connects well, takes it from outside off and hits it along the ground through vacant mid-wicket
8.3
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slides on and Theunis de Bruyn is lucky that he got an inside edge onto the pad on the whip
8.2
0
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, slower and it turns away from around off, Theunis de Bruyn pulls the bat away from the line of the ball

Theunis de Bruyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease

8.1
0
Herath to Markram, out Lbw!! Markram looks at Elgar who nods and off goes the former. Hit on the back leg and that's plumb. Took the wrong option against Herath, went for a pre-meditated sweep and missed. Struck in line with off and the ball didn't spin to miss. Good call by Llong. Markram lbw b Herath 14(24) [4s-3]

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

7.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, nicely tossed up on off, Elgar defends
7.6
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no ball, Dilruwan Perera oversteps once more, fraction short outside off, cut to backward point
7.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, 1 run, the length is shortened, flat and Markram works it wide of mid-wicket
7.4
4
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, FOUR, now aggression. Races down the track and lofts from the dust, well wide of mid-off
7.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Markram, no run, look at that turn and spit, good soft hands by Markram as he drops it down. Didn't jab at it
7.2
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, 1 run, soft hands and waits for the ball to turn away, to dab wide of second slip. Quick single taken
7.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, drifts in and catches the inside edge on the forward defence, dies down though
6.6
4
Herath to Markram, FOUR, smashed. Picked the full delivery and then sat down to tonk the slog-sweep. Through mid-wicket
6.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, again beats the bat. Lovely bowling this, drifting it in and then spinning it past the defence
6.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, spins a long way, misses Dickwella and Angelo catches it at slip. Drew Markram across on the defence, ripped it past the edge
6.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, the sucker tossed up delivery outside off, left alone
6.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, quicker and Markram is on the back foot to block
6.1
0
Herath to Markram, no run, dropped by Mathews at slip. A sitter. Tossed up outside off, Markram drives and the ball spins away to take the edge, easy chance and put down
5.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, fired into the pads, Elgar can't nudge it away
5.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, quicker and smothered from the crease
5.5
1
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no ball, what a poor poor shot. He is unhappy with himself. Punches the bat in frustration as he walks off. They are checking for the no-ball. Looks very close. Has Dilruwan Perera got something behind the line? Touch and go. Will Elgar get away? Third umpire seeing the replays. And it is a no-ball. Elgar gets another chance. Wouldn't want to see the replay of that, went for a big slog-sweep and missed a straight delivery, clattered onto the stumps but reprieved by the overstep
5.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, well played. On the stumps, Elgar is right in behind that

Ranga goes to Dilruwan Perera to have a word

5.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Elgar defends
5.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, this is dangerous. Exposing his off and middle, then hoping it will turn away, it does from a middle stump line
5.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, down leg, nudged to backward square
4.6
0
Herath to Markram, no run, slightly quicker, on off, smothered
4.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, fraction short outside off, pushed to short cover
4.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, lovely. Superbly tossed up on off, it rips past the outside edge, Markram tried to cover the line on that, but was left clueless by the amount of spin
4.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, should've been forward, but went back to a quicker one and defends to short leg
4.2
0
Herath to Markram, no run, neatly defended this time
4.1
0
Herath to Markram, no run, this is nervous times for the openers. Markram rushes out and attempts to flick across the line, the leading edge falls inches short of the forward-diving short cover
3.6
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, quicker and still it turns, a long way, Elgar misses and puts his head back. Nothing he could do about that when it turns like that from a fullish length, from a flatter trajectory
3.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, chopped to backward point, slight fumble but they don't go for it
3.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, attacks the stumps, Elgar defends
3.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, this didn't spin, went straight on outside off, so Elgar's leave was a good one
3.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, fraction short outside off, punched to point
3.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, drifts in, on the middle and leg line, Elgar defends awkwardly to short leg
2.6
4
Herath to Markram, FOUR, edged and wide of Mathews at slip. Died down almost immediately after it caught the edge, no time for Mathews to react and it runs away to the fence
2.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, again slow, Markram gets forward to drive to mid-off
2.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, slower outside off, left alone
2.3
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, dropped by Dilruwan running from backward square. Wasn't an easy chance at all, a top edge on the sweep as Elgar played a risky and nervous shot. It was in the air for sometime, the offie ran back and even though he got both hands to it, it went down. Life for Elgar
2.2
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, puff of dust as the ball explodes off the deck, spins in and takes the top of the pad. Dies down immediately
2.1
1
Herath to Markram, 1 run, driven to mid-on and a quick single taken, direct hit from Sura would've made things interesting. Markram was taking it a bit easy
1.6
4
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, FOUR, pre-meditated and it comes off. Sits down and sweeps the full delivery through mid-wicket. Dust flying everywhere
1.5
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, beaten by the slight spin, drifts in and then spins ever so a fraction to go past the edge. Lovely delivery
1.4
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, hit on the grille of the helmet as he sweeps and misses. From the elbow and then onto the grille. Thankfully for Elgar no damage done
1.3
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, drifts in and Elgar is lucky that the inside edge onto the pad didn't pop straight up
1.2
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, again similar delivery to the last one, defended

Dilruwan Perera is bowling from round the wicket with two slips and a short leg in

1.1
0
Dilruwan Perera to Elgar, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg line, Elgar opens his stance and defends

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

0.6
0
Herath to Markram, no run, beaten by the one that spins away, Dickwella smashes the stumps but Markram hasn't gone anywhere, slight turn on that delivery beat the edge

Constant shouts of "Niyamai Rangayya" in Sinhala from Dickwella behind the stumps

0.5
0
Herath to Markram, no run, slower and outside off, defended
0.4
0
Herath to Markram, no run, Markram moves across and defends this tossed up delivery outside off

Two slips and a short leg in

0.3
0
Herath to Markram, no run, flat and skidding on, Markram defends off the back foot
0.2
1
Herath to Elgar, 1 run, dances down to reach the pitch of the ball and turns it wide of mid-wicket
0.1
0
Herath to Elgar, no run, flighted and around off, blocks it under his eyes to the leg-side

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