Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2019

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Venue: Kingsmead, Durban

Date: 13 February-16 February, 2019

Sri Lanka 304/9

RR: 3.55 | Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket

commentary

Phew. Plenty written. Plenty said. Let us take a breather. Sri Lanka have won. Period. Sri Lanka have defeated South Africa. Double period. The Islanders have beaten the Proteas in the latter's backyard. Wow. Don't feel like putting a period here, do you? But we have to. A fantastic Test match has ended and it is great to be in the Lankan camp right now, while we offer our commiserations to the Proteas. But life moves on. So does the series. Can Sri Lanka achieve what no Asian team has done? Win a Test series in South Africa? A draw in the second Test would suffice. But expect the Proteas to come back hard. Their first loss at home since March 2018, recording 6 straight wins. Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10 am local (0800 GMT) to see whether they avoid a series defeat. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

KUSAL PERERA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 51 AND 153 NOT OUT. On his feelings currently, he honestly says that he is tired and does not know what to say! Praises Vishwa Fernando for hanging around with him and helping the team across the line. On his own contribution, Perera says that he just did his bit with everyone else contributing their stuff.

Victorious Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne, says that it was a great game. Adds that before this match, the Lankans knew that they had a great chance as their only win in South Africa before in a Test had also come at this venue, in 2011. Says that this will be a big boost to not only the players but also the fans back home. On the feelings in the dressing room during the last-wicket stand, Karunaratne smiles and says that no one was moving and everyone was praying. Adds that the feeling in the dressing room is generally very happy and that is what he wants as a captain. Has full of praises for his young side, facing a pacy attack from South Africa and also Embuldeniya, for taking his 5-fer. On Vishwa Fernando, he says that he supported Lakmal when he did not get a wicket and then with the bat, supported Kusal Perera really well. Expects his side to fight hard again in the second Test.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that it was an incredible game of cricket. Adds that he is disappointed to finish on the losing side but says that if a fan watches 60-70 runs for the last wicket and sees the team win, there is nothing better. Praises Kusal Perera for single-handedly taking the Lankans home. Admits that the Proteas were average with the bat, making 50 below par in the first innings and then losing their way in the second. Is still struggling to answer as to how the Saffas lost 5/8 in the second innings with the ball not doing anything till that stage but then, suddenly swinging. Stresses that it was the swing which did the batsmen in, even though the spinner (Embuldeniya) took a fifer. Wants his own team to take a leaf out of how the Lankan tail wagged. On his thought process when the last-wicket stand was going on, Faf says that there were plenty of thoughts and they tried everything, protecting the target, keeping the main batsman off strike, bowling as many balls as possible to the tailender but nothing worked today. Praises Dale Steyn and laments the loss of Vernon Philander this morning, as this pitch and the conditions suited him to perfection. But is quick to add that he does not want to give any excuses, as with 220 runs to defend and 7 wickets required, he backed his bowlers to pick those on any day. Stresses that without a doubt, the unit will come back firing for the second Test but is disappointed that this is just a 2-match series.

And now. Sri Lanka. The first line of their national anthem means thus - 'Thou Mother Lanka, Oh Mother Lanka we salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!' Today, that salute goes to Kusal Perera and the entire Lankan team. Not many visiting teams have the courage to bowl first in South Africa. But they did. Restricted the Saffas to 235, probably lost it with the bat in the first innings but then, to believe that they can win with South Africa racing ahead at 251/5 in the second innings and leading by 295 deserves respect. Lasith Embuldeniya. Does he have any relation with Lasith Malinga? Nope. Probably that word Lasith itself means magic. From nowhere, the 22-year old debutant took a 5-fer, which meant that the Lankans needed 304 to win - still a daunting task but achievable. And they achieved it. Please stay tuned for the post-match presentation...

Talking about the Saffa bowlers, they strut their stuff. Bundled out the Lankans to get a 44-run lead after a modest 235 and then, in the second innings, should have taken that 10th wicket but luck eluded them. Plenty of edges went past the fielders, landing in no man's land. Steyn took a 4-fer in the first innings while Keshav Maharaj took 3 in the second. Crucially, Vernon Philander was not feeling too well with his hamstring and did not take the field at all on Saturday, which proved to be a massive blow.

About the match in total, where did South Africa lose the game? Making just 235 in the first innings with just one half centurion in Quinton de Kock? Or losing their way from 251/5 to 259 all out in the second innings? Had they made 300 in either of the innings, it could have been a different story. The second innings saw two half centurions but overall, it was an average batting display.

Okay. Now for the game summary. Let us begin in reverse order. With Embuldeniya's 5-for setting up a target of 304, Sri Lanka began well, reaching 42/0 but then slipped to 52/3 in no time. This morning, they resumed at 83/3, lost 2 wickets quickly, but the Kusal-Dhananjaya stand kept the Lankan hopes alive. However, Maharaj's late burst almost sealed the deal till the unbeaten last-wicket stand came along.

Do not forget the contribution of Vishwa Fernando. His 6 not out from 27 balls played a huge role in assisting Kusal Perera and Sri Lanka. Wow. Don't they always say, cricket is a team game?

Nothing is impossible, goes the cliche. But here, we have witnessed that nothing is indeed impossible. 206/6 - Dhananjaya de Silva falls. 98 needed with 4 wickets in hand. Match getting out of bounds for Sri Lanka. Then 206/7, 215/8 and 226/9 - 78 needed with 1 wicket in hand. Everyone dreams of a quick finish. But from there, Kusal Janith Perera has just stung the South Africans like a bee, staging an unbeaten 78-run stand with last man Vishwa Fernando and himself scoring 67 out of those!

Sri Lanka touring South Africa? Yes. Match over in 4 days. Yes. South Africa go 1-0 up. A big NO. Oh the world, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, please spare some time and visit this match centre. Kusal Perera has done a Michael Hussey. A VVS Laxman. A Paul Collingwood. A Monty Panesar. A Jimmy Anderson. Take any name you wish. In short, Kusal Perera has done nothing short of a miracle.

85.3
4
K Rabada to Perera, FOUR! SRI LANKA WIN! Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. A length ball, outside off, Perera just angles this towards third man but it is more of an outside edge. Luckily for him, the ball flies wide of the slip fielder and races to the third man fence! Just the second 1-wicket win for the Lankans in Tests, both against South Africa!
85.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, Down the leg side, Kusal misses his tuck but the ball goes off his pads past the keeper towards fine leg. It seems like the ball is running away to the fence but fine leg gets across in time. Two runs taken, leg byes signalled and the Lankans are a boundary away from a win!
85.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, On a good length around middle and leg, Perera dabs it towards gully.
84.6
1
D Steyn to Perera, Outside off, very full, KP digs it out towards point and takes the single to retain the strike! 6 more needed to win now...
84.5
0
D Steyn to Perera, Outside off, Kusal punches this through the covers but does not run.
84.4
6
D Steyn to Perera, SIX! SLAP! That is gutsy shot and the runs required come into single digits! A length ball, around off, Kusal swings with all his might and clears mid-wicket with ease! Two men are waiting in the deep for this stroke, awaiting the top edge but it does not come. 7 more needed to win...
84.3
1
D Steyn to Fernando, JUST WIDE! Around middle, Vishwa plays this uppishly, just wide of short leg and gets a single.
84.2
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Short and outside off again, Fernando gets away from it.
84.1
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Short ball outside off, Fernando sways away from it.
83.6
0
K Rabada to Perera, Another bouncer, around leg, Perera ducks again.

Last ball of the over. Faf du Plessis is frenetically making the field changes. Guess this is just a wastage of time, making Kusal wait...

83.5
0
K Rabada to Perera, A bouncer but way down the leg side, left alone.
83.4
6
K Rabada to Perera, TOP EDGE, SIX! Kusal Perera is riding his luck here. A short ball, around leg stump, Perera looks to pull but is in no position to do so. He gets a top edge which sails high in the air. Fine leg starts to move to his left but the ball has cleared the ropes! 14 more to win now...
83.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
83.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, Outside off, Kusal looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
83.1
2
Rabada to Perera, SAFE! Reduce two more from the target. 20 more needed to win. Full and around leg stump, Perera works it through mid-wicket with soft hands and immediately calls for two. The substitute Zubayr Hamza, who is on for the injured Philander is a touch slow to get to the ball. He returns a weak throw to Rabada who takes the bails off but by that time, Fernando dives in. Aleem Dar shakes his head on the run out appeal but still takes it upstairs for confirmation. Replays confirm the same in one go.

Run out? Run out? Is Fernando short? Aleem Dar wants to check...

82.6
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Jaffa! But Steyn somehow fails to get the outside edge of Fernando. Bowls this on a good length around off. Vishwa hangs his bat but the ball moves away from him.
82.5
1
D Steyn to Perera, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
82.4
6
D Steyn to Perera, SIX! HUGE! OH MY WORD! Perera is taking the onus on himself. That's the 50-run stand and Kusal has made most of it. Fuller ball on the pads, Perera flicks it over square leg for a big hit.
82.3
0
D Steyn to K Perera, Around off, driven to the cover region.
82.2
5
D Steyn to V Fernando, DRAMA! Lots of it. Length ball around off, Fernando looks to defend but the ball swings away and take the outside edge. Luckily for the batsman, it falls just short of second slip. Sri Lanka want the run so Perera leaves his crease. Faf from the cordon has a shy at the non-striker's end but fails to hit the target. Had he hit, Fernando was a goner. To make matters worse, the ball runs away for four overthrows!
82.1
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Length ball around off, Fernando looks to block it but it swings away from his bat.
81.6
0
K Rabada to Perera, No run taken. Good for South Africa. Rabada goes short on purpose. Perera fails to put bat to it. Steyn will now have six balls to have a go at the no. 11.
81.5
4
K Rabada to Perera, FOUR! Short ball on the leg side. Perera pulls it well and the ball crosses the ropes past the square leg boundary. Nicely played.
81.5
0
K Rabada to Perera, Wide. Unusual bounce. Too high to worry the batsman! Wide signalled by the umpire.
81.4
2
K Rabada to Perera, Good running. This one was on a good length outside off. Perera cuts it to deep point. Bavuma does well to cut just before the ropes. The batsmen take two.
81.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, Back of a length ball on the hips, tucked away to the on side.
81.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, On middle and leg, played with a straight bat.
81.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, Fuller ball on off, driven towards covers.

Kagiso Rabada is back to bowl with the second new ball.

80.6
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Lovely! Length ball on off, swings away after pitching. Fernando hangs his bat and the ball goes past his outside edge.

New ball taken! Steyn will have just one delivery to have a go with it.

80.5
1
D Steyn to Perera, Steyn goes short on middle, Perera pulls it sweetly to deep square leg for a run.
80.4
0
Steyn to Perera, Yorker again on off, Perera keeps it out.
80.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Too wide. Tries a slower ball outside off, too far to make Kusal play at it.
80.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, Fuller on off, pushed to the off side.
80.1
0
D Steyn to K Perera, BEAUTY! Yorker on middle, Perera does well to get bat to it.
79.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Covers his stumps and keeps another one out.
79.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Fernando blocks it. On middle, well played by Vishwa.
79.4
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Fuller ball on middle and leg, Kusal on-drives it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
79.3
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Outside off, Perera fails to put bat to it.
79.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Down leg, Perera looks to reverse sweep but the ball hits his pads and rolls towards fine leg. They come back for the couple.
79.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, In the air... but falls well safe. Around off, slog swept away to cow corner. Decides against the run.
78.6
0
D Steyn to V Fernando, What a beauty from Steyn. Outswinger around off. Fernando some how manages to get bat to it. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to the gully region.
78.5
1
D Steyn to Perera, Takes the run now. Good from Perera. Turns his bat to the vacant mid-wicket region and gives his partner the strike.
78.4
0
D Steyn to Perera, Yorker wide outside off, Perera tries getting bat to it but fails.
78.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, How did that miss? Length ball on middle, Kusal swings but the ball misses his bat as well as the stumps.
78.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, Shot but for nothing. Outside off, cut away to deep point but refuses the run.
78.1
0
D Steyn to Perera, Full and outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.

Dale Steyn is brought back into the attack.

77.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Outside off, Fernando plays it to point.
77.5
1
K Maharaj to Perera, On the pads, flicked away to cow corner for another run.
77.4
2
K Maharaj to Perera, Down the leg side, paddled away to fine leg for another couple of runs.
77.3
2
K Maharaj to Perera, Around off, driven passed the cover region for a couple of runs. Required runs below 50 now.
77.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Full in line of the stumps again. Perera looks to reverse sweep it but fails to get bat to ball.
77.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Fuller ball on middle, blocked by Perera.
76.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Yes he can. Not in the most convincing way. Shorter in length around off, Fernando leaves his bat hanging. The ball goes away from him and to the keeper.
76.5
1
D Olivier to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it through point and takes a single. Can Fernando survive the last ball?
76.4
0
D Olivier to Perera, Good length delivery around off, Perera pushes it to the fielder at point.
76.3
0
D Olivier to K Perera, Back of a length by Olivier, Kusal pulls it to mid-wicket.
76.2
6
D Olivier to Perera, SIX! Brilliant shot. Shorter in length around middle and off, Perera rocks onto his back foot and heaves it over the fine leg fence for a maximum. The total crosses 250 with that and Sri Lanka now require 52.
76.1
2
D Olivier to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera cuts it through point and straight away calls for two. The ball is wide of third man. He runs the first one hard and comes back for the second easily.
75.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Fernando gets behind the ball and keeps this out.
75.5
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Comes back in again. Perera gives room and cuts it towards backward point for a single.
75.4
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Outside off, spins back in. Perera tries to cut it but the ball goes under his bat.
75.3
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Covers his stumps and bunts this one down.
75.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Kusal tried to sweep that one but missed it and was hit on the pads down leg.
75.1
2
K Maharaj to Perera, Fraction short down leg, Perera pulls it towards deep square leg. He comes back easily for the second.
74.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, This time bowls it over the wicket. Olivier bowls it full this time and he gets some reverse swing on it. Vishwa does well to keep it out.
74.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Comes 'round the wicket and bowls a shorter length delivery around off, Vishwa looks to play it and leaves his bat hanging but it goes past it to the keeper.
74.4
1
D Olivier to Perera, Length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it towards deep point and this time takes a single.
74.3
0
D Olivier to Perera, Length delivery around off, Kusal pushes it to the fielder at point.
74.2
0
D Olivier to K Perera, Length delivery around off, Kusal looks to drive but again gets an outside edge and the ball once again goes to the fielder at third man.
74.1
0
D Olivier to K Perera, Edge but safe. Fuller in length outside off, Perera looks to hit it to the off side but gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards the third man region but Kusal does not take the single.
73.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Fernando survives. On middle, blocked well by Vishwa.
73.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Jaffa! On middle and leg, spins away from the hanging bat of Fernando.
73.4
1
K Maharaj to Perera, THERE IT IS! 100 for Kusal Perera! He has got it. What a fine innings this has been. Sri Lanka have fought back well and it has been centered around him. Only if he had more partners, might have taken the Lankans home too! As for this ball, Kusal just works this around the corner on the leg side for a single to get to his 2nd Test century. Well played!
73.3
4
K Maharaj to Perera, FOUR! What a shot! Goes for the reverse sweep and gets it off the middle. Gets in position early and reverse sweeps it over backward point. The ball bounces just before the ropes. Moves to 99 now.

It is getting overcast again. A big group of rain clouds is arriving. Sri Lanka could do with that. Only they can hope is that the rain just delays its arrival till Perera's century...

73.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Fuller ball on middle and leg, swept away to square leg.
73.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Off spinner on middle, blocked in front of him.
72.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando covers his off stump with a straight bat.
72.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Bouncer. Vishwa ducks underneath it.
72.4
1
D Olivier to Perera, Shorter in length, Kusal pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
72.3
0
D Olivier to Perera, Back of a length delivery outside leg, Perera looks to pull but takes his eyes and one hand off the bat. He cannot keep his balance either and falls down. Meanwhile behind the stumps, de Kock drops the ball.
72.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, Fuller ball outside off, Perera swings again but fails to connect.
72.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Length ball on middle and leg. Perera looks swing hard but gets hit on the thigh pad.
71.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Ahhh.... flighted outside off, Fernando initially goes for the big one but in the end, blocks it out.
71.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Full and around off, watchfully kept out again.
71.4
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tossed up outside off, Vishwa looks to defend it but misses.
71.3
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted on the stumps, Fernando does well to block it.
71.2
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Flighted on middle and off, Kusal sweeps it away to deep square leg for a single. Not the wisest decision to take a single here.
71.1
6
K Maharaj to Perera, SIX! Kusal has decided to attack now. Flighted delivery outside off, Perera comes down the track and heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. Perera now moves into his 90s.
70.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Bluffs him by bowling it full outside off. Fernando leaves it alone.
70.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Down the leg side, on the shorter side. No much trouble for Fernando.
70.4
1
D Olivier to K Perera, Goes fuller for a change outside off, Perera drives it through covers and takes the run.
70.3
0
D Olivier to Perera, Goes short again down the leg side. Perera leaves it alone. The umpire gives it as a second bouncer of the over.

The physios are out in the middle to check on Kusal Perera. He looks fine to continue.

70.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, Short ball on leg, Perera goes for the hook but cannot connect it well. It brushes his glove, hits the helmet and lobs towards square leg.
70.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Fuller length ball on off, Perera drives it to covers.
69.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tossed up on middle, Fernando blocks it to see off the over.
69.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted on off, Vishwa does well to defend it.

Vishwa Fernando walks out at number 11.

69.4
0
Maharaj to Rajitha, OUT! LBW! Rajitha has to walk off along with the review. Arm ball on middle and leg. Keeps going straight. Rajitha looks to flick it but misses. The ball hits him on the pads and the players appeal. Kasun takes the review but it does him no good. The ball was crashing into leg stump. Maharaj has another one and the hosts need just one more wicket for victory.

Review taken! Rajitha has been caught in front of the stumps but takes a review. Look's out.

69.3
0
K Maharaj to Rajitha, Beautiful. flighted around off the ball spins away after pitching. Kasun looks to defend but gets beaten.
69.2
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Flighted on middle and leg, Perera sweeps it and gets to the other end.
69.1
4
K Maharaj to Perera, FOUR! Quicker on leg, Perera looks to sweep it. It flicks off his glove and goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary.

DRINKS! South Africa just the two wickets away from victory. Sri Lanka need more 83 runs but that looks farfetched. The important question will be, will Kusal Perera get to his 100?

68.6
1
D Olivier to Perera, Bouncer. Perera pulls it calmly towards square leg and gets a single.
68.5
1
D Olivier to K Perera, Comes 'round the wicket and bowls it on middle and leg. Rajitha tucks it towards mid-wicket. Perera looks for a quick single and gets on his bike. Maharaj gets to the ball and throws it at the keeper's end. Kusal puts in a dive to get in and Keshav misses his throw. It would have been close had he hit the stumps. Very puzzling why Perera took the single off the 5th ball here.
68.4
0
D Olivier to Rajitha, Good length delivery on the body, Rajitha defends it.
68.3
0
D Olivier to Rajitha, Back of a length delivery around off, Rajitha does well to get on top of the bounce and keep it down.
68.2
1
D Olivier to Perera, Back of a length on middle and leg, Kusal pulls it to the fine leg region for a single. Perera is showing confidence in Kasun.
68.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Slower delivery full outside off stump, Perera hits it to the fielder at cover.

Change of gloves for Kusal Perera now. All hopes are on him if Sri Lanka want to win this Test match.

67.6
0
K Maharaj to Rajitha, Fuller ball on leg, flicked away towards mid-wicket. Kasun survives.
67.5
0
K Maharaj to Rajitha, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
67.4
0
K Maharaj to Rajitha, Angles this into the pads. Rajitha misses his flick and gets hit on his legs. The ball lobs into the hands of silly point.
67.3
0
K Maharaj to Rajitha, Jaffa! Serves this on middle. The ball spins sharply away from Rajitha and almost gets his outside edge.
67.2
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Full on off, Perera sweeps it through square leg and takes the run.
67.1
2
K Maharaj to Perera, Outside off, Perera gives room and looks to cut it. He gets a bottom edge to it which goes through the legs of de Kock. They come back for the second.
66.6
0
D Olivier to Rajitha, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Rajitha blocks it away.

Kasun Rajitha is in at no. 10.

66.5
0
D Olivier to L Embuldeniya, OUT! Shorter length delivery does the trick. Duanne bowls it short, the ball rises onto the batsman. Embuldeniya looks to defend it but then sees the ball rising onto him so he takes his eyes off. The ball hits his glove and lobs to the fielder at short leg. Aiden Markram there takes a very simple catch and South Africa now just 2 wickets away from wrapping up this game. The debutant cannot repeat his heroics from the 1st innings and he has to walk back.
66.4
0
D Olivier to Embuldeniya, Good length delivery on off and middle, Lasith blocks it.
66.3
0
D Olivier to Embuldeniya, Length delivery on the thigh pad, Lasith looks to flick but it flicks off his thigh pad.
66.2
1
D Olivier to Perera, Shorter in length, Kusal pulls it away towards deep square leg and takes a single.
66.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Sprays it down the leg side, Perera looks to flick it but misses.

Duanne Olivier back into the attack.

65.6
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Played to the point region by Perera. One run added to the total.
65.5
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Too close to cut, Perera still goes for it and gets a bottom edge to it.
65.4
2
K Maharaj to Perera, On off, Perera reverse sweeps this through short third man for a brace.
65.3
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
65.2
1
K Maharaj to Embuldeniya, Tucks this uppishly through square leg for one.
65.1
0
K Maharaj to Embuldeniya, Loopy ball on middle and leg, Embuldeniya looks to sweep it but it hits his body.
64.6
0
K Rabada to Perera, Sprays this down the leg side, Kusal jumps a bit and looks to flick it but misses.

Well, Kusal is up on his feet. Pops in a few tablets a couple of pain-killers and is ready to fight again. Good to see. Irrespective of the result, this has been a good fightback from Sri Lanka.

The physio has come out to the middle. Kusal is looking at his index finger. Seems to have got hit on the wrist.

64.5
0
K Rabada to Perera, OUCH! Kusal Perera is down in pain. He has thrown his bat in agony and is furiously catching his left wrist. A sharp short ball, around leg stump, Perera looks to fend it away but the ball kicks off the surface and hits him hard on the glove.
64.4
1
K Rabada to Embuldeniya, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Embuldeniya looks to duck but gets hit on the glove. The ball goes towards the on side and they rotate the strike.
64.3
2
K Rabada to Embuldeniya, Full length delivery on the pads, Lasith flicks it away towards mid-wicket and gets a brace.
64.2
0
K Rabada to Embuldeniya, Full delivery on middle and leg, Embuldinya tucks it to the on side. The fielder at short leg hold the ball on his right and has a shy at the striker's end but he misses.
64.1
1
K Rabada to K Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera cuts it away towards point and takes a single.
63.6
0
K Maharaj to Embuldeniya, Another one coming in. Embuldeniya defends it in front of him
63.5
0
K Maharaj to Embuldeniya, This one comes back into Embuldeniya who does well to get his bat to it.
63.4
0
K Maharaj to L Embuldeniya, Around off, pushed to the cover region.
63.3
0
K Maharaj to Embuldeniya, Almost gets three in three. Arm ball outside off, Embuldeniya thinks of playing at it but withdraws at the last movement.

Lasith Embuldeniya to face the hat-trick ball.

63.2
0
K Maharaj to S Lakmal, OUT! Two in two for Maharaj. Tossed up on off, Lakmal looks to defend it but is late in his defense. The ball hits the outside edge and goes towards the slip fielder. Faf du Plessis takes a good catch there on his right. Keshav is now on a hat-trick. The tide of this match has once again shifted in favour of South Africa.

Suranga Lakmal walks out to the middle.

63.1
0
K Maharaj to Silva, OUT! GONE! Three reds! What a review from Maharaj. Perfect. Arm ball on middle and leg, Dhananjaya gets low to sweep but misses the ball. He gets hit on the pads and Keshav puts in a huge appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. The spinner requests his skipper to take it up. Faf goes up. Replays roll in and show us that there was no bat involved and the ball would have gone to hit the leg stump. De Silva played well but the 96-run stand comes to an end. Is this the opening for South Africa?

Review time! Maharaj thinks he has got Dhanajaya lbw. Is this the turning point of the match?

62.6
1
K Rabada to Silva, Shorter in length, de Silva pulls it away towards fine leg for a single.
62.5
0
K Rabada to Silva, Length delivery on off, de Silva pushes it to the fielder at point.
62.4
1
K Rabada to Perera, Length delivery around off, Kusal pushes it to covers and straight away calls for a single. Keshav Maharaj there, gets to the ball quickly and has shy at the stumps at the striker's end. He has one stump to aim at and he hits. But de Silva is inside. The ball deflects to mid-wicket and Kusal wants the second but Dhananjaya has backed up too far and sends Perera back.
62.3
1
K Rabada to Silva, Once again bowls it, Dhananjaya pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
62.2
0
K Rabada to de Silva, Once again back of a length delivery by Kagiso, de Silva pulls it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
62.1
4
K Rabada to de Silva, FOUR! A very controlled pull from de Silva. Shorter in length by Rabada, Dhananjaya gets on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka have crossed the 200-run mark.
61.6
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Quicker one on off, Perera blocks it with a straight bat.
61.5
1
K Maharaj to Silva, Down the leg side, turned away to square leg. They cross.
61.4
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Gets behind this ball and defense another out.
61.3
0
K Maharaj to Silva, On off this time, kept out by DDS.
61.2
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Loopy ball on middle, blocked out by Dhananjaya.
61.1
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Off spinner on middle, cut away through cover-point to get to the other end.

Keshav Maharaj is brought into the attack.

60.6
4
K Rabada to Silva, FOUR! Beautiful shot. Rabada offers width by bowling it outside off on a length. de Silva cuts it brilliantly through point for a boundary.
60.5
1
K Rabada to Perera, Uppish but safe. Length delivery outside off, Perera cuts it uppishly towards point. It is wide of the fielder and they take a single.
60.4
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good length delivery on middle and off, the ball comes in after pitching. Kusal looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
60.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, Back of a length delivery, Kusal defends it off his back foot.
60.2
4
K Rabada to Perera, FOUR! Short, wide and punished by Perera. Length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it through point and the ball races away to the fence.
60.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera pushes it to the fielder at cover.
59.6
0
D Steyn to Silva, Around off, defended by de Silva.
59.5
1
D Steyn to K Perera, Fuller ball outside off, Kusal drives it to mid off. Rabada there does well to stop it but cannot prevent the single.
59.4
0
D Steyn to Perera, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
59.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Back of a length ball down the leg side. Perera looks to tuck it away but it goes off his glove. The ball rolls towards fine leg where they take another couple. The umpire however, gives it as leg byes.
59.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, Length on middle, Perera pushes it to the off side.
59.1
2
D Steyn to Perera, Short ball on off, pulled away through square leg for a brace.
58.6
1
K Rabada to Perera, In the air but safe. Shorter length delivery by Rabada. Perera looks to pull but is in no control of it and the ball goes uppishly towards square leg. The ball falls short of Temba Bavuma. The batsman take a single.
58.5
1
K Rabada to de Silva, Full length delivery on miffle and leg, Dhananjaya hits it wide of the mid on fielder and takes a single.
58.4
4
K Rabada to Silva, FOUR! Effortless from Dhananjaya. Good length delivery around off, de Silva gets on his front foot foot and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
58.3
0
K Rabada to Silva, Length delivery on middle and leg, d Silva hits it to the fielder at mid on.
58.2
1
K Rabada to Perera, Fuller on length around off, Perera hits it straight and rotates the strike.
58.1
1
K Rabada to Silva, Good length delivery around off, de Silva looks to defend it with soft hands but gets an outside edge. The ball goes to the right of the diving slip fielder. They take a single as the fielder cannot hold onto the ball.
57.6
2
D Steyn to Perera, This one is slightly fuller around off, Perera swings and gets it past the cover region. Bavuma cleans it up near the ropes. Just two runs taken by the Sri Lankan batsmen.
57.5
0
D Steyn to Perera, Right on the money. Good length at 138kph. Perera stonewalls it.
57.4
0
D Steyn to Perera, Length again on middle and leg, Perera blocks it in front of him.
57.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Lovely from Steyn. Gets it to move away on off. Perera gets an outside edge towards the gully region.
57.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. Dot ball.
57.1
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good length ball just around off, Perera gets a bottom edge to it tries to block it.
56.6
4
K Rabada to Silva, FOUR! Dhanajaya is flirting with danger here. Length delivery outside off stump, de Silva looks to hit it on the off side but gets an outside edge on it. The ball flies past the diving Faf du Plessis at second slip and races away to the third man fence. Rabada is down on the ground in disbelief, and rightly so. 7 times out of 10 that edge goes straight to the slip fielder.
56.5
0
K Rabada to Silva, Length delivery on the stumps, de Silva defends it off his front foot.
56.4
1
K Rabada to K Perera, Good shot but only a single. Shorter in length, Perera pulls it beautifully but there is a fielder at fine leg so he only gets a single.
56.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, Length delivery outside off, Perara knows where his off stump is and leaves it alone.
56.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good length delivery around off, Kusal pushes it to the fielder at point.
56.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good start! Full and going away from the southpaw. Perera looks to drive it but misses. The ball goes past his outside edge by just a few inches.

Kagiso Rabada to continue from the other end. An FYI... the second session is extended, to cover up for the overs lost due to bad light yesterday. This will be a 135-minute session, with Tea scheduled at 2.55 pm local (1255 GMT). If there is a final session, that will be from 3.15 pm-5.30 pm local (1530 GMT) and if the match still continues with overs remaining, the extra half hour will be added too! So potentially, play could go on till 1600 GMT.

55.6
2
D Steyn to Silva, First runs of this session. Full length delivery outside off, de Silva drives it through covers and gets a brace.
55.5
0
D Steyn to Silva, This time it is full on off, de Silva hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.
55.4
0
D Steyn to Silva, Back of a length delivery on off, Dhananjaya gets on his back foot and keeps it out.
55.3
0
D Steyn to Silva, Good length delivery on the stumps, Dhananjya defends it with a straight bat.
55.2
0
D Steyn to de Silva, Full and again an outswinger from Steyn. De Silva handsomely drives it to the fielder at mid off.
55.1
0
D Steyn to Silva, Hint of outswing for Steyn. Bowls it full around off, Dhananjaya defends it.

We are back for the afternoon session. The umpires are out in the middle. Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva will resume their innings. It is overcast now, let's hope there is no rain later and we have a full session of play. Dale Steyn to bowl the first over of this session.

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

Philander's absence is not helping his side's cause. Steyn bowled with fire and his two-wicket over made the Proteas the favorites even more. Nothing much to speak about their bowling. The game is still on their side as they know the hosts are just a wicket away to get into the lower order. However, if Perera and Dhananjaya get the target to double digits, South Africa may start to get worried. Join us for the afternoon session in some time.

Sri Lanka won't be too disappointed with how the session panned out. For starters they began well with Fernando and Perera. The former perished and few balls later keeper-batsman, Dickwella followed suit. Kusal Perera who is known for his attacking cricket has paced his innings well. He got to his second 50 of the match and has reduced the deficit to 138.

54.6
0
K Rabada to Perera, Goes with the bouncer again, Perera gets low again. LUNCH, DAY 4.
54.5
0
K Rabada to Perera, Length ball around off, Perera taps it to the off side.
54.4
0
K Rabada to Perera, Bangs it in short, Perera ducks under it.
54.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, Over the stumps, played back to Rabada.
54.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, This one is closer to the stumps. Perera blocks it well.
54.1
1
K Rabada to Silva, Fuller length ball on the fifth stump line. Dhananjaya pushes it through covers to get to the other end.
53.6
1
K Maharaj to Silva, Down leg, helped away to the fine leg region for a single.
53.5
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Turn and bounce! Beautiful. Off spinner on middle, it turns away from de Silva who gets beaten.
53.4
0
K Maharaj to Silva, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
53.3
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Loopy ball on off, bunted down by Dhananjaya.
53.2
0
K Maharaj to Silva, De Silva has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
53.1
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Tossed up ball on off, Perera steps out and pushes it to mid off. They spot the weak arm of Amla and complete the run.
52.6
0
K Rabada to Silva, Dhananjaya stays inside and keeps this one out.
52.5
0
K Rabada to Silva, Back of a length outside off, taped to the off side.
52.4
0
K Rabada to Silva, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
52.3
0
K Rabada to Silva, Around off again, de Silva punches it to the off side.
52.2
0
K Rabada to Silva, Length ball around off, blocked by a straight bat by de Silva.
52.1
1
K Rabada to Perera, Driven through mid off by Kusal. They pick up a single.

Kagiso Rabada back into the attack.

51.6
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Fraction short, de Silva stays inside and pushes it to the off side.
51.5
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Flighted ball outside off, Dhananjaya charges down the wicket and decides to pad it out.
51.4
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Gets behind this ball and blocks it.
51.3
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
51.2
4
K Maharaj to Silva, FOUR! Loopy ball on middle and leg, Dhananjaya sweeps and sweeps well. It goes through square leg and away to the fence.
51.1
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Outside off, Perera gets an outside edge to point.
50.6
2
D Olivier to Silva, Short on off, pulled away through mid-wicket. Elgar dives but fails to stop it. He catches his shoulder. Let's hope it is not serious. They manage to come back for the second.
50.5
0
D Olivier to Silva, Short outside off, pulled away to the man stationed at short square leg.
50.4
0
D Olivier to Silva, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
50.3
1
D Olivier to Perera, Short but down leg, pulled away fine towards fine leg for a single.
50.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, Down the leg side, Perera looks to pull it but fails
50.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Short ball on off, Perera looks to block it but it comes off his glove.

Another halt in play. It is a steaming day. The temperature reads just 28 degrees Celsius but because it rained yesterday, heat seems to be dissipating from the surface. Kusal takes a whole bottle of water and nearly empties it on his head. Just 20 more minutes to Lunch, which will be a welcome break to all the players.

49.6
2
K Maharaj to Silva, Nicely done. Flighted ball on off, Dhananjaya flicks it over mid-wicket. Amla from the circle stops it before the ropes and the batsmen take two.
49.5
0
K Maharaj to Silva, On off, bunted down by de Silva.
49.4
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Similar line and length, front foot defense shown by DDS.
49.3
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Gives this air on middle and leg, Dhananjaya is solid in hi defense.
49.2
1
K Maharaj to Perera, Shorter around off, Perera cuts it towards point and takes a single. Perera was looking for the second but de Silva is not interested.
49.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Tossed up on off, Kusal looks to defend it but gets it off his inner half.
48.6
0
D Olivier to Silva, Short outside off, pulled to mid-wicket.

Looks like something has gone into de Silva's eye. He walks across to Hashim Amla and the senior helps him out a touch. The left eye it was.

48.5
0
D Olivier to Silva, Back of a length ball over the stumps, Dhananjaya hops a tad and blocks.
48.4
0
D Olivier to Silva, Slower short ball, de Silva is early into his pull and misses it.
48.3
0
D Olivier to Silva, Short on off, pulled away to the man at short mid-wicket.
48.2
1
D Olivier to Perera, On the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
48.1
1
D Olivier to Silva, ALMOST! Short, just a prod outside off. Dhananjaya looks to guide it but it falls just short of Temba at gully. 150 up for Sri Lanka.
47.6
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Flatter on middle, Perera defends it.
47.5
3
K Maharaj to Silva, Good shot! Short around off by Maharaj. De Silva punches it through covers. The ball does not have the legs to go to the fence. Amla gives it a chase and saves the boundary. The batsmen pick three runs.
47.4
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Flighted on the stumps by Keshav, de Silva solidly blocks it off his front foot.
47.3
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Once again de Silva looks to defend the ball but fails to do so.
47.2
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Slow off spinner pitching outside off, Dhananjaya looks to defend it but gets beaten.
47.1
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Tossed up on middle, de Silva defends it off his front foot
46.6
0
D Olivier to Perera, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
46.5
1
D Olivier to Silva, In the air... but safe. Short ball outside off, pulled aerially towards deep square leg. No fielder there and they take a run.
46.4
4
D Olivier to Silva, FOUR! Short again, de Silva goes back into the crease and punches it through cover-point for a good looking boundary.
46.3
0
D Olivier to Silva, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
46.2
0
D Olivier to Silva, Outside off again, guided to the man at point.
46.1
0
D Olivier to Silva, Short on off, played to the point region by the batsman.
45.6
2
K Maharaj to Perera, 50 for Perera! His second in this game. Looks to play the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge to it. The ball rolls past the keeper and they come back for the second. Fine knock from Perera - playing a lone hand. Can he get to triple figures and take the Lankans closer to the total?
45.5
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Perera uses his feet and hits it back to Keshav.
45.4
0
K Maharaj to Perera, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
45.3
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Down the leg side, Perera doesn't offer any shot to it. The ball goes off his pads past Quinton de Kock towards fine leg. The batsmen do not run as Perera had padded it away.
45.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, This one spins back in, Perera keeps it out.
45.1
4
K Maharaj to Perera, FOUR! Too short. Didn't spin. Perera rocks back and cuts it through covers. The ball runs to the fence.
44.6
0
D Olivier to Silva, Half a shout. Down the leg side. De Silva tries tucking it but fails. De Kock collects the ball.
44.5
0
D Olivier to Silva, On the shorter side, de Silva gets bat to it and taps it to the point region.
44.4
0
D Olivier to Silva, Short again, Dhananjaya has an easy sway.
44.3
1
D Olivier to Perera, Length this time on middle and leg, turned away towards square leg for a single.
44.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, Olivier knows only one way. Goes short again, Kusal sways away from it.
44.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Bouncer! Perera leaves it alone.
43.6
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Cries of catch it but away from the short leg fielder. Looped up on leg, de Silva looks to block it but it takes the edge and flies to the on side.
43.5
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Flat in line of the stumps, de Silva stonewalls it.
43.4
0
K Maharaj to de Silva, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
43.3
2
K Maharaj to Silva, This is what balls like 43.2 can do. Straightaway de Silva steps out but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. He looks to go over cover but miscues it. There is no one in the deep and the ball lands safely. It doesn't go the distance so they come back for the second.
43.2
0
K Maharaj to Silva, Jeez! Peach! Off spinner around off, Silva comes forward to defend but the ball stays low, beats the outside edge and misses the off stump too! Great take by de Kock.
43.1
1
K Maharaj to Perera, On off, reverse swept towards third man to get off strike.

Keshav Maharaj to roll his arm over.

42.6
1
D Olivier to Perera, Down the leg side, flicked away towards square leg for a single.
42.5
0
D Olivier to Perera, The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. Dot ball.
42.4
0
D Olivier to Perera, On the rib cage area, bunted down by Perera.
42.3
0
D Olivier to Perera, Back of a length, Perera blocks it.
42.2
1
D Olivier to de Silva, That keeps a tad low, still a bit short. Dhanajaya pulls it towards mid-wicket for another run.
42.1
2
D Olivier to Silva, Short of a length ball on leg, de Silva pulls it through mid-wicket for a brace.

Seems like there is a problem with the ball. The umpires do not like the shape of it and they have decided to change the ball here.

DRINKS! Sri Lanka were going good but a 2-wicket over from Steyn has swung the game. Sri Lanka still need more 177 runs to win. Will this game go till the final session today?

41.6
0
D Steyn to Perera, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
41.5
4
D Steyn to Perera, FOUR! Up and over! Short and outside off, Kusal slashes it over point for a boundary!
41.4
0
D Steyn to K Perera, Full and around off, swinging in, Kusal looks to punch but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
41.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
41.2
4
D Steyn to Perera, FOUR! Lucky escape! Off the inside edge but why are the South Africans appealing for LBW? Goodness me, they are thinking about the review too! Thankfully, they don't take it. Cross seam delivery on middle and leg, the ball comes in a bit after pitching. Kusal looks to punch it straight down the ground but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball flies past the leg stump and de Kock dives to his right but cannot stop it. Now, here is the drama. Steyn bellows out an LBW appeal and is joined by the slip cordon as well but the umpire turns it down. Dale Steyn is convinced it has hit his pad. Du Plessis in the slip cordon has a thought about taking the review and has a chat with de Kock. They eventually decide against the review. Even at normal speed, it looked like an inside edge and replays confirm there was one.
41.1
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good length delivery on off and middle, Kusal defends it off his back foot.
40.6
0
D Olivier to de Silva, Once again back of a length by Olivier, de Silva pulls it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
40.5
1
D Olivier to Perera, Shorter in length, Perera pulls it in a controlled manner and it goes all along the ground towards deep square leg. A single taken.
40.4
0
D Olivier to Perera, Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge on that one.
40.3
0
D Olivier to Perera, Good length delivery on the leg side, Kusal expects it to bounce high so he jumps and looks to flick. The ball does not bounce high enough as he expected and it flicks his thigh pad and goes behind. De Kock behind the stumps dives to his right and stops the ball.
40.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, Shorter in length this time, Perera ducks underneath it.
40.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Starts with a length delivery down the leg side, Kusal leaves it alone.

First bowling change of the day. Duanne Olivier replaces Kagiso Rabada.

39.6
0
D Steyn to Silva, Hint of away swing on this one. It is pitched outside off, de Silva shoulders arms to it.
39.5
0
D Steyn to Silva, Length delivery outside off, Dhananjaya lets it go to the keeper.
39.4
1
D Steyn to Perera, Shorter in length, this time Kusal pulls it away towards deep square leg for a single.
39.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera jumps and looks to keep the ball down but gets and inside edge and the ball goes behind to the keeper on a bounce.
39.2
1
D Steyn to Silva, Back of a length delivery, it is Quick from Steyn. De Silva looks to defend it but gets it off the inner half and the ball goes to the on side for a single.
39.1
0
D Steyn to de Silva, Full outside off, Dhananjaya drives it straight to the fielder at mid off.
38.6
0
K Rabada to Perera, Bouncer! Down leg, Perera ducks in time to let that one go over him.
38.5
2
K Rabada to Perera, Fuller ball around off, Perera drives it towards mid off and sets off for a run. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but fails to hit the target. No real backup there and they run on the overthrow.
38.4
0
K Rabada to Perera, Down the leg side on the shorter side, Perera covers his stumps and lets it go.
38.3
4
K Rabada to Perera, FOUR! Lovely! Rabada bangs it short on off, Kusal was on to it like a flash and pulled it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
38.2
0
K Rabada to Perera, Comes round the wicket this time and lands it on off. Kusal taps it to the off side.
38.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, On middle and leg, played towards mid-wicket by Perera.
37.6
0
D Steyn to Silva, Full on middle and leg, Dhananjaya pushes it to the fielder at mid on.
37.5
0
D Steyn to Silva, Good length delivery on the stumps, de Silva defends it with a straight bat.

The new man is Dhananjaya de Silva.

37.4
0
Steyn to Dickwella, OUT! Soft dismissal but also a great catch. This is bowled seam up by Steyn. It is full on middle, the ball stops and comes at Dickwella. Niroshan initially looks to defend but then goes for the drive. He is in between those two and ends up chipping it towards the bowler. The ball goes uppishly to the right of Dale Steyn but he shows great reflexes and takes it with one hand. Second wicket of the over and Steyn is ecstatic. Half the side back in the pavilion and now the task to chase this target looks very difficult.
37.3
0
D Steyn to Dickwella, Length delivery outside off, Dickwella leaves it alone.

Niroshan Dickwella is the next man in.

37.2
0
D Steyn to Fernando, OUT! Steyn with the breakthrough. Cross seam delivery on off, the ball goes away from the batsman after pitching. The ball is on off, Oshada has no option but to play that one. He looks to push it but gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies to the second slip fielder. Faf du Plessis there takes a good catch at a comfortable height. And it is a huge blow for Sri Lanka as the 58-run stand is broken.
37.1
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Fuller in length around off, Fernando defends it off his front foot.
36.6
1
K Rabada to Fernando, Lucky escape for Rabada. Attempts to bowl a yorker but ends up serving a full toss on middle and leg. Fernando though cannot make most of it and ends up flicking it towards deep square leg for a single.
36.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Fuller on middle and off, Fernando pushes it to the fielder at cover.
36.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Tempting Fernando to have a go at the ball outside off, but Oshada is not interested in doing so.
36.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Bouncer. On off stump, Oshada sways away from it.
36.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Shorter in length outside off, Fernando leaves it alone.
36.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Back of a length delivery outside off, Fernando cuts it straight to the point fielder.
35.6
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good shot! Length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it beautifully but straight to the fielder at cover.
35.5
0
D Steyn to Perera, Length delivery on middle, Perera waits for it and defends it late.
35.4
0
D Steyn to Perera, Bouncer! On middle and leg, Perera ducks underneath it and lets it go to de Kock.
35.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Length delivery around off, Kusal pushes it to the fielder at cover.
35.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good length delivery on middle and off, Kusal follows that boundary with a solid back foot defense.
35.1
4
D Steyn to K Perera, FOUR! This time it is Perera with a good shot. Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera slashes it through covers on his back foot. The fielder at cover dives to his right but cannot get anywhere close to the ball. First boundary of the day for Perera.
34.6
4
K Rabada to O Fernando, FOUR! Great stroke! Full length delivery on off and middle, Fernando gets right behind that one and drives it through mid off for the first boundary of the day. Brings up the 50-run stand between these two.
34.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off this time, Oshada defends it confidently with a straight bat.
34.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Hint of inswing on this one. Once again pitched outside off, Oshada leaves it alone.
34.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Straighter delivery on a length, Oshada blocks it away.
34.2
1
K Rabada to Perera, Full length delivery on middle and leg, Perera flicks it away towards deep square leg for a single.
34.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good length delivery on middle and off, Kusal defends it with a slant bat.
33.6
0
D Steyn to Fernando, That one kicked off the surface. A length ball outside off, Oshada comes forward to defend but suddenly the ball shoots up and he has to adjust. The cherry hits the bat on the higher part but drops down safely on the off side.
33.5
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Full and just outside off, watchfully blocked out.
33.4
0
D Steyn to Fernando, A length ball outside off, pushed towards the off side.
33.3
0
D Steyn to Fernando, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
33.2
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
33.1
1
D Steyn to Perera, Totally miscued! A normal mid off would have swallowed this. 100 UP FOR SRI LANKA. 204 more needed now. A full ball outside off, Perera looks to go over the top but mistimes his really badly. The ball goes off the toe end of the bat towards mid off and would have been a simple catch - but it isn't because there is no one there. Faf du Plessis has stationed this man who is neither at mid off, nor at long off and he cannot get to the ball in time. A single taken.
32.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, A sharp bouncer outside off, Fernando comes forward to play but then has to withdraw his bat as the ball zips through, past his nose.
32.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
32.4
0
Rabada to Fernando, FOUR LEG BYES! Reverse swing on offer now. The Proteas have been working on the ball for quite some time and it is slowly paying dividends. Around middle and leg, a bit too full, OF misses his flick and the ball hits him on the pads. Rabada appeals but the umpire is unmoved. The ball deflects to the fine leg fence.
32.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Beaten! Nice comeback from Rabada. Mike Haysman on air informs that on this track, the ball speed reduces by 10-15 kph, so that much extra effort is required by the bowlers to make the ball look quick. KG bends his back, lands this on a length, forces Oshada to play at that but then gets the ball to kick and straighten, thereby beating the outside edge.
32.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Outside off, 145 kph, Fernando is the least bit bothered. Lets de Kock feel the sting.
32.1
0
K Rabada to Perera, Down the leg side, Perera tickles it towards fine leg for a single. Leg bye signalled. 209 more to win now.
31.6
1
D Steyn to Perera, Risky shot but safe in the end. Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera looks to hit it through mid off with a slant bat. It hits high on his bat and goes uppishly wide of the cover fielder. They are able to get a run as the ball goes behind.
31.5
1
D Steyn to Fernando, Back of a length delivery on off and middle, the ball swing in a bit after pitching. Oshada looks to defend but gets an inside edge. The ball goes towards fine leg and they take a single.
31.4
1
D Steyn to Perera, Slightly fuller this time, Perera pushes it wide of mid off and takes quick single.
31.3
0
D Steyn to Perera, Extra bounce on this one. Steyn bowls it on length around middle, Perera looks to defend it but gets hit on his glove.
31.2
0
D Steyn to Perera, Length delivery on off, Perera defends it with a straight bat.
31.1
0
D Steyn to Perera, Good length delivery around off, Kusal watchfully defends it and guides it to the fielder at cover.
30.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Nice shot but for no runs. Good length delivery on off and middle, Fernando drives it straight back to the bowler.
30.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Nice ball this. On a length and it is straight, Oshada shows respect to this one and defends it off his front foot.
30.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, On middle and leg this time. Fernando flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
30.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Oshada defends it with straight bat.
30.2
3
K Rabada to K Perera, In the air but safe. Length delivery around off, Kusal frees his arms and looks to hit it over mid off. It hits high on his bat and goes uppishly through mid off. The fielder gives it a chase and stops the ball from going to the fence. Meanwhile the batsmen come back for the third.
30.1
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Length delivery on middle and leg. Perera looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

No Vernon Philander on the field yet. Seems like a hamstring niggle. Zubayr Hamza is the substitute for him.

29.6
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Oshada taps it back to the bowler.
29.5
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Length delivery around off, Fernando pushes it away to the fielder at point.
29.4
1
D Steyn to Perera, On the thigh pad region, Kusal flicks it away towards fine leg and rotates the strike.
29.3
3
D Steyn to Fernando, Good shot! Fuller in length outside off, Oshada gets on his front foot and drives it through point. It does not have the legs to go to the fence but the batsmen get 3 runs as the fielder gives it a chase.
29.2
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Sprays this down the leg side, Fernando looks to flick but misses.
29.1
1
D Steyn to Perera, Steyn starts with a length delivery on off, Perera looks to defend it, he does so from the outer half of the bat. The ball goes towards point and they take a single. First run of the day.

Dale Steyn to partner Kagiso Rabada from the other end.

28.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Maiden to start the day. Good length delivery on middle and off, Oshada defends it to see off the over.
28.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Back of a length delivery around off, Fernando defends it with a straight bat.
28.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Once again on a length by Rabada. Fernando blocks it away.
28.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off and middle, Oshada tucks it to the on side with the inner half of his bat.
28.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Length delivery outside off, Fernando calmly leaves it alone.
28.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Rabada starts the day with bowling a good length delivery on off. Fernando gets on his back foot and defends it with soft hands. He looks for a quick single but is sent back by his partner.

We are all set to begin. Overnight batsmen Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando walk out to the middle to resume their innings. Kagiso Rabada to bowl the first over of the day.

Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The visitors were given a target of 304 and started well. But lapse in concentration towards the end of Day 3 saw them lose three wickets. They were 42/0 but suddenly slipped to 52/3. They still require 221 runs but will need their batsmen to do really well if they want to get close to that total. The pendulum is swinging towards the Proteas but a wicket-less session in the morning could get it right back in the center. Two whole days left and the possibility of a draw seems very unlikely unless there are weather interruptions.

... Day 4, Session 1 ...

Now then, will Day 4 be the last day of the Test Match? Sri Lanka need another 221 runs and South Africa need 7 wickets, and one would believe if there is no rain which is in the forecast, it should be the final day. Do join us for all the action on Saturday. Till then, goodbye and take care!

The Lankan openers started off well, just like they did in the first innings but a wicket soon after the Tea break, led to 2 more quickly. From 42 for 0 they ended up being 52 for 3. However, Fernando and Kusal Perera are amidst a 31-run stand and if the Lankans stand any chance, the two will have to build a big partnership from here on whereas, South Africa would like to continue their good work.

The South African skipper was adamant to give Sri Lanka a big target but the debutant Embuldeniya picked a fifer and kept Sri Lanka in the game. However Faf's 90 did ensure the visitors have a stiff target of 304.

The inevitable has happened. The lights haven't improved and the umpires have called STUMPS FOR DAY 3! Another excellent day of cricket for the hosts. They are in the driver's seat at the moment. They began the day in a healthy position and then strengthened their position in the game courtesy Faf du Plessis' partnerships with de Kock and Philander.

The umpires feel the light is not good enough to continue for now and they have asked the players to walk off. PLAY STOPPED DUE TO BAD LIGHT! The covers are also seen coming on. It is not raining for now but precautionary measures are taken.

27.6
4
K Maharaj to Perera, FOUR! Lovely! This one was outside off, Perera makes room and punches this through cover-point for a glorious boundary.
27.5
0
K Maharaj to Perera, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
27.4
0
K Maharaj to K Perera, Loopy ball on off, Perera steps out and smacks it back but Maharaj does well to put his hand to it. That would have been a boundary if it had gone through.
27.3
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Off spin on middle and leg, blocked in front of the batsman.
27.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Flights this on off, bunted down by KP.
27.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Off spinner on middle, stonewalled by Perera.
26.6
0
A Markram to Fernando, On the stumps again, Fernando blocks it out.
26.5
0
A Markram to Fernando, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
26.4
2
A Markram to Fernando, Brings the reverse sweep out and hits it through backward point. The batter takes two.
26.3
0
A Markram to Fernando, Flatter and on off, Fernando goes back and keeps it out.
26.2
1
A Markram to K Perera, Short again, this is punched through covers for another run.
26.1
1
A Markram to Fernando, Slower through the air on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for a run.
25.6
1
K Maharaj to Fernando, Just outside off, Fernando plays it very late to third man and changes ends.

Aiden Markram is on now. Spin from both sides now. Maybe due to the fading lights the umpires have asked Faf to get on spinners from both ends.

25.5
1
K Maharaj to Fernando, On the pads, flicked away through square leg this time for one.
25.4
0
K Maharaj to Perera, A fraction short, Kusal pulls it to square leg.
25.3
0
K Maharaj to K Perera, Around off, pushed to the cover region.
25.2
0
K Maharaj to Perera, OUCH! Loopy ball on middle and leg, Perera gets low and swings at it. Markram at short leg takes one for the team. He though had his protection and doesn't look in any pain.
25.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Around off, Perera plays it back to the bowler.

Drinks!

24.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Shortish and on the body, it is tucked to mid-wicket.
24.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Down the leg side, the batsman looks to flick but misses. Once again the South Africans get excited but for no reason.
24.4
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Not sure this is a good shot! Short and outside off, Fernando looks to guide it through the slip cordon but misses.
24.3
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Down the leg side, Fernando lets it be. Some excitement from the South African players as there was a noise as the ball passed the body. Nothing from the umpire though. Replays show that it flicked the shirt.
24.2
0
D Olivier to Perera, On the body, Perera is hit on the body, it rolls towards square leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
24.1
0
D Olivier to Perera, Good delivery! Angles this one across the left-hander. Perera plays inside the line and gets beaten.
23.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, The arm ball to end, Fernando plays outside the line and it goes off the inner half towards square leg.
23.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Another flighted ball, the batsman keeps it out with ease.
23.4
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Floats it up on middle, Fernando luges and keeps it out.
23.3
4
K Maharaj to Fernando, FOUR! Easy-peasy! Down the leg side, Fernando sweeps it fine and ti races to the fine leg fence.
23.2
1
K Maharaj to K Perera, Flighted delivery on off, Perera pushes it to covers and sets off for a run. Steyn picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. That would have been close as Perera dropped his just outside the crease. Replays later on show that he would have been short.
23.1
0
K Maharaj to Perera, Plays the sweep but it goes off the inner half towards square leg.

Keshav Maharaj is on now.

22.6
0
D Olivier to O Fernando, Another short one, another pull shot but once again finds the fielder. This time though the one at square leg.
22.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Back of a length on off, kept out.
22.4
0
D Olivier to O Fernando, Goes for the pull but mistimes it to mid-wicket.
22.3
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Back of a length on off, it is pushed to covers.
22.2
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Just short! Since it was glove it did not carry! Not sure about the shot though. It is just outside off, Fernando looks to guide it down to third man, the ball goes off the glove and lands just ahead of the keeper.
22.1
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Short and on the body, the batsman ducks under it.
21.6
4
K Rabada to Perera, FOUR! Up and over! Slightly fuller and Rabada pays the price. Perera stands and lofts it over mid off. A boundary results.
21.5
0
K Rabada to Perera, Stands tall and guides it to point.
21.4
0
K Rabada to Perera, Good length again on off, Perera pushes it to covers.
21.3
0
K Rabada to Perera, Back of a length on off, Perera defends it off the back foot.
21.2
1
K Rabada to Fernando, Shortish and on middle, blocked out towards mid-wicket for a run.
21.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
20.6
0
D Olivier to Perera, A quick bouncer, Perera looks to pull but is beaten for pace.
20.5
1
D Olivier to O Fernando, A bumper and it is down the leg side, Fernando pulls it to fine leg for a single.
20.4
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Short again, the batter transfers his weight on the back foot and keeps it out.
20.3
1
D Olivier to Perera, In the air... but safe! Perera too takes on the challenge of pulling it. Ends up getting a top edge towards fine leg. Lands safe, a single taken.
20.2
1
D Olivier to Fernando, On the pads, nudged to fine leg for a single.
20.1
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Shortish on off, Fernando looks to pull but ends up getting it off the underedge to mid-wicket.
19.6
1
K Rabada to K Perera, Good running! Fernando pushes it towards point, they hesitate before going for the run, eventually go for it and complete it as the fielder misses his shy.
19.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Back of a length again, Fernando gets behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
19.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Back of a length on off, blocked.
19.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, The line is much starighter now, Fernando looks to flick but misses to get hit hgih on the pads.
19.2
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Streaky! Through the vacant gully region. On a length and around off, Fernando goes at it with hard hands, it hits the edge and runs down to the third man fence. Living dangerously is the batter.
19.1
2
K Rabada to Fernando, On the fuller side, this is timed through the gap at the cover region for a couple.
18.6
0
D Olivier to Perera, Another short one on the body, Perera manages to keep it down towards short leg.

Kusal Perera walks in next to bat.

18.5
0
D Olivier to K Mendis, OUT! There goes no. 3! Olivier strikes in his first over itself! Another poor shot by another Sri Lankan batsman. It is short and just outside off. Mendis decides very late that he is going to upper cut it. The shot was never on as it there was not a lot of width on offer and also it was difficult to get on top of the bounce of that delivery. He only manages an outside edge. De Kock takes it with a leap.
18.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Another short one, Mendis ducks under it.
18.3
0
D Olivier to Mendis, On the shorter side outside off, Mendis looks to pull but is beaten by the low bounce.
18.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis is solid in defense.
18.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Starts off with a shortish ball on the body, it is clipped towards mid-wicket.

Duanne Olivier is on now.

17.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Now gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground. Good over this for the visitors.
17.5
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This is more convincing! Short and outside off, Fernando stands tall and guides it through point for a boundary.
17.4
4
K Rabada to Fernando, Almost drags it on! That was very loose by Fernando. It was a length ball outside off, comes back in a little. Fernando throws his bat at it but the ball goes off the inner half, over the off pole and down to the fine leg fence.
17.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length on off, blocked.
17.2
2
K Rabada to Fernando, Overthrows! Back of a length on off, Fernando taps it towards point and sets off for a run. The fielder there has a needless shy at the striker's end. Misses and concedes an overthrow.
17.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Well bowled and well played! The inswinger from wide of the crease and it is very full. The batter gets his pad out of the way and strokes it to mid on.
16.6
0
V Philander to Mendis, Takes a few steps down the track to cover the swing and pushes it to mid on.
16.5
0
V Philander to Mendis, Gets this one to pitch and go straight on. Mendis blocks it by getting right behind the line.
16.4
0
V Philander to Mendis, A gem to bowl to the new batsman. On off and it moves away ever so slightly. Mendis plays the original trajectory and gets beaten. Not a lot you can do with that but just hope it does not take the edge.

Kusal Mendis walks out to the middle.

16.3
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, OUT! Umpire's call as it is clipping the top of middle and leg stump. Karunaratne walks back now however, he does not take the review with him. Both the set batsmen though are back in the hut and suddenly Sri Lanka are in a spot of bother. The inswinger once again gets the better of the opener. It pitches on middle and comes back in. Karunaratne looks to keep it out but fails to put bat on ball. It hits his pads and an appeal follows. The umpire thinks and then raises his finger. DK reviews as he was on his toes while playing the shot. Replays roll in and it shows that once again the on-field call is the right one. South Africa 8 wickets away and Sri Lanka need 262.

Sri Lanka review this time as Karunaratne has been give LBW. Only height can save him there.

16.2
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the off pole, blocked.
16.1
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the fuller side on off, Karunaratne strokes it nicely but can't get it past mid off.
15.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, A solid back foot defense by the batsman on his first ball.

Oshada Fernando is the next man in.

15.5
0
K Rabada to L Thirimanne, OUT! Edged and taken this time! The change of angle does the trick but to be honest a poor shot by Thirimanne. It was slightly behind the driving length, Thirimanne who got away with one earlier should have left that ball but he does not learn from his mistake. Throws his bat at it, the ball takes the outside edge and goes at a comfortable height for the second slip fielder. Faf du Plessis takes a tumbling catch. The opening stand has been broken and Sri Lanka's good start has been cut short.
15.4
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On off angling away, Thirimanne covers the angle and defends it onto the ground/
15.3
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Shortish and on off, Thirimanne stands tall and defends it onto the ground. He thinks of taking a run but then is sent back by his partner.
15.2
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Goes for the yorker but misses it by just, Thirimanne works it to mid-wicket.
15.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On the off pole, kept out.
14.6
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, A defensive stroke towards mid off to end the over. This is a good start by the Lankans.
14.5
4
V Philander to Karunaratne, FOUR! Top shot! There was a short mid-wicket and a mid on in place but Karunaratne has found the gap brilliantly. Full and on the pads, DK whips it through the gap and it reaches the fence.
14.4
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, NOT OUT! Missing the off pole and by a long way! A poor review in the end by South Africa. They have lost one now. This starts from outside off, it comes back in a little. Karunaratne looks to make a leave but the ball hits the back pad. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. After a chat with his teammates, Faf signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call is the right one.

Review time! An appeal for an LBW has been turned down. South Africa review. It did come back but I don't think it has come back enough.

14.3
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Well played again! Extra bounce there for Philander as he lands it on off, Karunaratne tries to defend but it hits the sticker of the bat.
14.2
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the pads, the batter looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Philander starts appealing but then bails out.
14.1
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the fuller side, it is hit back to the bowler.
13.6
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Lands it on off, Thirimanne pushes it to covers.
13.5
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Bowled on the off pole again, it is guided to point.
13.4
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On off, blocked.
13.3
1
K Rabada to Karunaratne, The fullest delivery by Rabada in this spell, Karunaratne works it towards mid-wicket for a quick run.
13.2
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Goes shorter this time and closer to the off pole, defended.
13.1
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Play and a miss! Loose shot that. Wasn't quite full enough to drive, Karunaratne still goes for it but gets beaten. Now the, Ultra Edge just shows that there was a spike as the ball passes the bat. South Africa did appeal but it was a very soft one. Another reprieve for a Sri Lankan batsman. How much will this cost them?
12.6
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, On the stumps, Thirimanne goes back and keeps it out.
12.5
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, The batsman works it down the leg side.
12.4
1
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the pads, it is worked to the man at fine leg. A single taken.
12.3
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, The ball however, is not doing a lot here as Karunaratne gets behind the line and keeps it out with ease.
12.2
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the off stump again, Karunaratne pushes it back to the bowler. Top bowling this, keeps landing it on one area and looking to move it both ways.
12.1
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
11.6
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On the off pole, kept out.
11.5
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Slightly short but down the leg side, ducked under.
11.4
1
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Works it with the angle through square leg for a single.
11.3
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, On the shorter side on off, Karunaratne does exceedingly well to take one hand off the handle and block it out.
11.2
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne stands tall and defends it.
11.1
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, From around the wicket angles it into the off pole, Karunaratne blocks it off the front foot.
10.6
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, A more comfortable leave this time as this one is wider to the off pole.
10.5
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good leave in the end! That pitches just about outside off, comes back in just a little. Thirimanne plants his front foot forward and shoulders arms. The ball goes really close past the front pad.
10.4
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Back of a length on off, defended by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
10.3
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, On the pads, the batter tries to work it on the leg side but misses. It hits his pads and rolls towards square leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
10.2
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Goes back to bowling it on off, it is blocked out.
10.1
2
V Philander to Karunaratne, A little too straight, this is tucked around the corner for a couple.
9.6
4
K Rabada to L Thirimanne, FOUR! Through the gap between second and third slip! How fortunate was that? Dishes out the full delivery, wanting the batsman to drive. Thirimanne goes for it but gets an outside edge. It flies between du Plessis and Elgar, both do not go for it and it races to the fence.
9.5
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, A bumper down the leg side, Thirimanne ducks under it with ease.
9.4
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Continues bowling it on off, blocked.
9.3
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Goes back to bowling length on off, Thirimanne is solid in defense.
9.2
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Shortish and on the body, LH does well to nudge it to short leg.
9.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Well bowled! 7 good deliveries by the African bowlers so far. Length around off, shapes outwards after landing. Thirimanne's outside edge is beaten.

Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end.

8.6
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Well left! In the 5th stump channel, DK shoulders arms. Good testing over comes to an end.
8.5
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Beaten for the third time in a row! Gets one to leave the batsman again from a length. Karunaratne is half-forward as he tries to block it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
8.4
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, BEATS THE OUTSIDE EDGE! This is top class bowling. The last one came back in, this one pitches on off and it shapes away. Karunaratne tries to defend but gets beaten.
8.3
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Cut him into half! Back of a length ball and outside off, it jags back in sharply. Karunaratne looks to defend but is beaten by the inward movement. It goes between bat and pad and over the off pole.
8.2
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Bowls it on off again, Karunaratne gets behind the line once again and blocks it out.
8.1
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Starts off with a length ball around off, it comes back in a little after pitching. Karunaratne works it to the man at mid-wicket.

We are back for the final session! Around 37 overs to go so we are in for a long session. The Lankan openers will resume their innings. Karunaratne will be on strike and he will face Vernon Philander. Here we go...

... Day 3, Session 3 ...

Clearly this session belonged to Sri Lanka. They wrapped up the last 5 wickets of South Africa for just 32 runs, courtesy a 5-wicket haul from debutant Lasith Embuldeniya. With the target of 304 required, both the openers have seen off the 8 overs before Tea and the team total now reads 28/0. They require another 276 runs. The job is not done here for the openers and they will have to bat well post Tea. South Africa do not need to press the panic button yet and will look to take early wickets in the last session. The final session of the day begins in a while. Stay tuned for updates.

7.6
1
K Maharaj to Karunaratne, Fuller on middle and leg, driven towards mid on for one. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 3.
7.5
0
K Maharaj to Karunaratne, On the leg side, Karunaratne taps it in front of him.
7.4
1
K Maharaj to Thirimanne, Similar line, Thirimanne works it away through square leg for one.
7.3
0
K Maharaj to Thirimanne, On middle and leg, turned towards mid-wicket.
7.2
1
K Maharaj to Karunaratne, Flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
7.1
0
K Maharaj to Karunaratne, Loopy ball on the leg side, Karunaratne looks to tuck it but it goes off his thigh pad and settles in the hands of the short leg fielder.

Keshav Maharaj to roll his arm over.

6.6
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Length delivery outside off, Thirimanne looks to play it but misses.
6.5
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Back of a length on the stumps, Lahiru defends it off his back foot.
6.4
3
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne drives it through covers and gets 3 runs.
6.3
3
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Length delivery outside off, Thirimanne drives it beautifully through point. The ball does not have the legs to go to the fence, though the batsmen are able to get 3 runs.
6.2
4
D Steyn to L Thirimanne, FOUR! That is a wonderful shot.Back of a length delivery on off, Thirimanne rocks onto his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
6.1
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Good length delivery outside off stump, Thirimanne looks to play it with vertical bat but gets an inside edge. The ball then goes towards the on side.
5.6
0
V Philander to D Karunaratne, Full and straight on off, Karunaratne drives it to the fielder at mid off.
5.5
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Dimuth defends it.
5.4
0
V Philander to Karunaratne, Full and straight outside off, Karunaratne shoulders arms to it. Interestingly the ball keeps low and reaches the wicket-keeper on a bounce.
5.3
1
V Philander to Thirimanne, On middle and leg, Lahiru tucks it to the on side and takes a single.
5.2
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off and middle, Thirimanne defends it with a straight bat.
5.1
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good leave. Length delivery outside off, Lahiru covers his off stump and leaves it alone close to his stumps.
4.6
4
D Steyn to Karunaratne, FOUR! Full and straight on middle and off, Dimuth hits it straight through mid off for a boundary.
4.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Dimuth keeps it out.
4.4
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Fuller length delivery on off, Karunaratne defends it confidently.
4.3
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, Dimuth looks to drive it but the ball misses the outside edge.
4.2
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Karunaratne pushes it to the fielder at mid off.
4.1
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, On middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
3.6
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on middle and off, Lahiru defends it to see off the over.
3.5
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Once again fuller length delivery outside off, Thirimanne looks to play it but misses.
3.4
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Close! Length delivery outside off, Thirimanne looks to push it but misses. The ball misses the outside edge by just a whisker.
3.3
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Fuller length delivery on off, Lahiru blocks it away.
3.2
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Full on middle and off, Lahiru defends it with a straight bat.
3.1
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Back of a length on the thigh pads, Thirimanne looks to flick it across but he misses. The ball hits him on his thigh pad.
2.6
1
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Full on middle and leg, Thirimanne flicks it away towards the fielder at fine leg for a single.
2.5
1
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Back of a length outside off, Karunaratne hits it towards cover and gets to the other end.
2.4
1
D Steyn to Thirimanne, On the thigh pad region, this time Lahiru is able to flick it away to the fine leg region for a single.
2.3
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, In the air but safe. Good length delivery on the body of Thirimanne. Lahiru looks to tuck it on the onb side but ends up gloving it. The ball lobs uppishly towards the mid-wicket region but is short of Keshav Maharaj there.
2.2
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Full on off and middle, Lahiru hits it towards mid-wicket with the inner half of his bat.
2.1
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Good length delivery around off, Thirimanne blocks it with a straight bat.
1.6
1
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good shot! Full outside off, Thirimanne drives it through covers. He does not time it well so he only gets a single.
1.5
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Good length delivery outside off, Lahiru looks to push it away but gets beaten.
1.4
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Back of a length delivery on the body, Lahiru confidently defends it.
1.3
4
V Philander to Thirimanne, FOUR! Edgy but they will take it. Length delivery outside off, the ball goes away with the angle. Thirimanne looks to drive it through covers but gets an outside edge. The ball flies through the vacant gully region for a boundary.
1.2
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Full on off this time by Philander, Thirimanne defends it with a straight bat.
1.1
0
V Philander to Thirimanne, Full length delivery outside off, Thirimanne leaves it alone.

Vernon Philander to share the cherry.

0.6
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Kept out watchfully towards the mid-wicket region off a good length.
0.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Bouncer! Outside off, Dimuth ducks and lets the ball go.
0.4
1
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Short of a length on the hips, tucked away by Lahiru for a single down to fine leg.
0.3
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Just outside off on a good length, Thirimanne sticks his bat out to defend. The ball catches the inside edge and runs towards square leg.
0.2
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Over the wicket to Thirimanne, Steyn delivers it on a good length on middle. It is pushed back to the bowler.
0.1
1
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Around the wicket on a length, worked away by Karunaratne for a single to deep fine leg. Sri Lanka are away.