Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2019

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Date: 21 February-23 February, 2019

Sri Lanka 197/2

RR: 4.31 | Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 8 wickets

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Tests 2-0! Sri Lanka win. Surely a brilliant performance. But that is not it from the tour, with the white ball leg yet to be played. 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is to be played in that. Can Sri Lanka continue their fairy tale? South Africa, on the other hand will be itching for redemption after being hurt badly here. That though will have to wait for a few days! Johannesburg is where we will see you next. The first ODI will begin 1000 local (0800 GMT) from the Wanderers Stadium on March 3rd, Sunday. We will look forward to see you for the coverage of the same. Hope you enjoyed the Tests. Until the limited-over matches, take care! Cheers!

We end with beautiful scenes of the whole team coming up and joining Dimuth Karunaratne as he collects the trophy for winning the series. They pose for the shutterbugs. An incredible series win!

Sri Lankan captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, says it is a big moment for him and his team. Further adds winning a series in South Africa is not easy and winning it 2-0 is a big thing. Mentions they learned a lot in the Australian and the New Zealand series and have done well here by sticking to the basics. Credits the youngsters for stepping up. States the first innings batting is a concern and they would want to improve on that. Ends by saying he dedicates this victory to the Lankan fans.

Kusal Perera is named the Man of the Series. He says that the first game's performance has helped him a lot and given the team confidence as well. Credits Vishwa Fernando for his performance with the ball and also mentions that every player is important to the team. Reckons that what he does to keep going is to back his strengths and listen to the minor changes that the coaches suggest him to make. Ends by saying that they are obviously very happy to have won in this part of the world and that too, both the games.

Kusal Mendis who is the Man of the Match says that he is very happy with how he has done in this game and about continuing with his good form of 2018. He thanks his teammates and all the support staff especially his physio for helping him with his ankle. Signs off by saying he is really elated at this moment and looks forward to the coming games.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says he is very disappointed with their performance in this series. Credits Sri Lanka for beating them in home conditions. Reckons they were poor with the bat throughout the series. Further adds the pitches were fine but both the teams failed to deliver with the bat. Feels a lot more should have been scored on this wicket. Admits the amount of wickets falling on the first two days was a shock as it was a nice batting surface. States they were looking good and playing well till now but this is probably a wake-up call for them. The boys may have been a little mentally tired but that is not an excuse he can give. Ends by saying the guys should be motivated for the ODI series and he hopes they can do well there.

Thus, the new captain in the form of Dimuth Karunaratne has worked wonders. Whether he has special captaincy skills still remains to be seen but surely he has got some good luck with him, picking his team out of the doldrums they were in. If the first Test win was on the back of a super-heroic performance of Kusal Perera, the second one was a better, more-rounded show. What makes the series win even more special is the fact that it has been achieved without some familiar faces and seniors. The youngsters and the newbies, both in batting and bowling have come out on top and beaten the Proteas in their den. Some names that stand out are Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha and Oshada Fernando. It would serve better to not forget Lasith Embuldeniya who played a part in the first match win as well. Whatever said and done, the result is what matters and this day will go down in the record books. Do not go too away, the presentation ceremony to follow...

Who was the hero of the match? There was not one single one to point out to but a few. Vishwa Fernando in the first innings along with Kasun Rajitha while bowling. In the second innings, Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya de Silva. And finally, Oshada and Kusal Mendis not to be forgotten. A complete team performance. But what we must not forget is that as much as it was a good show from the Lankans, it was another poor batting performance from South Africa. The way they have gone down in the two Tests is showing how fragile they are on the batting front. No one, with the exception of Quinton de Kock looked really comfortable out there and the lack of good knocks has eventually landed them at this stage of defeat.

The part where the match was won would definitely have to be the bowling performance in the second innings of the hosts. After conceding a lead of 68 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka were staring down the barrel but Lakmal and co. came roaring back! They managed to bundle out the Proteas for a paltry 128 and ensured the target was below 200. From there on, the visitors were always favourites. There was a slight worry when two quick wickets fell on Day 2 evening but Mendis and Fernando batted and batted and batted till the final line was crossed.

Monumental! Epic! Unimaginable! Use whichever adjective you want, but trust me it will still fall short of describing what we have just witnessed. Sri Lanka have just become the first Asian team to win a series in South Africa. And what is more surprising is the ease in which they have made history today. The overnight pair of Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando have not even given a glimmer of hope as they stitched an unbeaten 163-run stand to win this game. When we began this morning, there was a hint of nervousness on whether the away team will be able to cope up with the expectations and complete the historic win but they have proved everyone wrong and how.

45.4
1
K Maharaj to Fernando, He ends it now though and with a single as he flicks it through mid-wicket. All smiles in the Lankan camp, smiles on the face of the Lankan batsmen. Customary handshakes now going on as SRI LANKA HAVE WON THIS GAME BY 8 WICKETS! THEY HAVE ALSO WON THE SERIES 2-0!
45.3
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, No! He happily defends this ball.
45.2
6
K Maharaj to Fernando, SIX! SCORES LEVEL! And what a shot to do so! Steps down the track, gets to the pitch and lofts it over the long on fence. Will he go for another to finish it off in style?
45.1
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, Short and outside off, Mendis makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.

Lunch has been extended by 15 minutes extra as the runs needed are in single digits.

44.6
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to drive but misses it.
44.5
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle, Fernando keeps it out.
44.4
1
W Mulder to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis taps it towards point for a run.
44.3
0
W Mulder to Mendis, On a good length on off, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
44.2
0
W Mulder to Mendis, On off, Mendis offers a forward defense on this one.
44.1
0
W Mulder to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
43.6
2
K Maharaj to Fernando, Runs needed now below 10! This is floated around off, Fernando makes room and strokes it through covers and takes two.
43.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tosses it up on middle, OF strokes it to mid on.
43.4
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flatter and shorter outside off, Fernando waits for it and then looks to guide it to third man but misses.
43.3
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Gives it nice amount of flight and lands it on off, Fernando blocks it out.
43.2
4
K Maharaj to Fernando, FOUR! No one in the deep and a boundary. Brings the sweep out, the ball takes the top edge though. It goes over the square leg region and into the fence. Also, the 150-run stand is up, the two would love to be there till the end. 11 more needed.
43.1
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tosses it up on off, blocked.

Keshav Maharaj is back into the attack.

42.6
4
W Mulder to Mendis, FOUR! Classic straight drive from Kusal Mendis. Full on middle, Mendis drives it straight past the bowler through mid on for a boundary. Sri Lanka need just 15 runs to win the series.
42.5
0
W Mulder to Mendis, Full on off, Mendis drives it to covers.
42.4
0
W Mulder to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal defends it off the front foot.
42.3
0
Mulder to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis lets it go.
42.2
0
W Mulder to Mendis, On off, Mendis defends it out.
42.1
0
W Mulder to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
41.6
0
D Olivier to O Fernando, Full on off, Fernando drives it to mid off.
41.5
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis guides it towards third man for a run. Sri Lanka need below 20 now to win the series.
41.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR BYES! Short of a length delivery down leg, Mendis lets it go. It goes towards de Kock who dives to collect it but it goes wide of him. It goes towards fine leg for a boundary.
41.3
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Short of a length delivery, Mendis pulls it to mid on.
41.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Again on a good length on off, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
41.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
40.6
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Full on off, Fernando defends it off the front foot.
40.5
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando comes down the track and looks to drive but misses it.
40.4
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Outside off, Fernando shoulders his arms to this one.
40.3
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Length delivery on off, Fernando plays it to covers.
40.2
1
W Mulder to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis taps it towards point for a run.
40.1
0
W Mulder to K Mendis, Driven towards the mid off region.

Wiaan Mulder is on now.

39.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshada looks to defend but gets beaten due to the movement on this one.
39.5
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Kusal plays it towards point for a run.
39.4
4
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR! Good shot. Short and outside off, Mendis makes room and guides it between the gap of gully and second slip for a boundary.
39.3
0
D Olivier to K Mendis, Full on off, Mendis drives it to mid off.
39.2
1
D Olivier to Fernando, Length delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
39.1
1
D Olivier to K Mendis, DROPPED! Brilliant effort from Hashim Amla though. Short and outside off, Mendis looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards first slip where Amla jumps and tries to take with one hand but the ball does not stick. Those have to stick, he saves a boundary however.
38.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Full on middle, Fernando drives it to mid on.
38.5
1
K Rabada to Mendis, Length delivery on middle and leg, Mendis nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
38.4
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal keeps it out.
38.3
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders his arms to this one.
38.2
4
K Rabada to K Mendis, FOUR! Length delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. He plays it with soft hands. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
38.1
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Bowls a bouncer, Mendis easily ducks under it.
37.6
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it towards the leg side for a run.
37.5
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on middle, Mendis keeps it out.
37.4
1
D Olivier to Fernando, Short of a length delivery, Fernando looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards fine leg where Dale Steyn dives and stops it to save runs for the team. The batsmen take a run.
37.3
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to drive away from the body but misses it.
37.2
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Again on a good length on off, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
37.1
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando looks to defend while taking one hand off the handle.
36.6
0
K Rabada to Mendis, A maiden, not seen that a lot this morning! Actually, it is the first today. Outside off, left alone.
36.5
0
K Rabada to Mendis, This one is landed on a length and around off, Mendis defends it to point.
36.4
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Short and on middle, Mendis hops and tucks it towards mid-wicket.
36.3
0
K Rabada to Mendis, On the shorter side and outside off, Mendis looks to guide it down to third man but ends up chopping it to the keeper.
36.2
0
K Rabada to Mendis, On the stumps again, Mendis gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
36.1
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis guides it to the man at point.
35.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to fend at it but gets beaten on this one.
35.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Short of a length delivery, Fernando pulls it to mid-wicket.
35.4
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Bowls a bumper, Fernando does well to duck under it.
35.3
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on leg, Mendis nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
35.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Bowls a bouncer, Kusal does well to duck under it.
35.1
4
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Mendis jumps on his toes and cuts it over point for a boundary. Sri Lanka are slowly drawing curtains to this chase.
34.6
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Bowls a bouncer, Fernando does well to duck under it.
34.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Again on a good length on off, OF blocks it off his back foot.
34.4
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Nice shot. Short of a length delivery, Fernando pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
34.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshada defends it off the back foot.
34.2
1
K Rabada to K Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards point for a single.
34.1
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it out.
33.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Bowls a bouncer, Oshada ducks underneath it. The visitors need below 50 now.
33.5
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis guides it towards third man for a run.
33.4
1
D Olivier to Fernando, Again on a length on middle, Fernando flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. Sri Lanka need just 50 runs to win this match.
33.3
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it towards square leg for a run. We can see some shoulders dropping for South Africa.
33.2
1
D Olivier to Fernando, Length delivery on middle, Fernando pushes it towards mid-wicket for a run.
33.1
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Short and outside off, Mendis cuts it through point for a run.

Duanne Olivier is back on. Faf du Plessis trying everything here.

32.6
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Poor delivery from Rabada. Full delivery on leg, Fernando goes across the line and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. Sri Lanka need just 54 runs to win the series.
32.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, On a good length on off, Fernando keeps it out.
32.4
1
K Rabada to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Mendis works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
32.3
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Bowls a short ball, Mendis rises on his toes and defends it.
32.2
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Length delivery down leg, Mendis lets it go.
32.1
0
K Rabada to Mendis, Bowls a bumper, Mendis does well to duck under it.
31.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tossed up on off, Oshada does well to block it.
31.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flatter and shorter in length, Fernando works it towards mid-wicket.
31.4
4
K Maharaj to O Fernando, FOUR! Oshada Fernando, take a bow, he brings up his maiden Test fifty in a pressure game and in a pressure situation. He has looked to attack right from the start and has been successful. Yes, he had has luck on his side but take nothing away from his knock. He would love to be there till the end. He too like his partner, gets there with a boundary. Maharaj tosses it up on middle, Fernando whips it through wide mid on and the ball races away to the fence.
31.3
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Full on middle and leg, Fernando drives it to mid on.
31.2
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Fernando blocks it off the front foot.
31.1
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, 100 partnership between Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando. The first century partnership of the series and what a time for it to come too! Tossed up outside off, Mendis cuts it towards point for a run. The job's not done as of now, they can't relax, need to continue.

DRINKS! It has been a good hour for Sri Lanka. They are cruising along and have rarely given an opportunity for the hosts to come back. On the other hand, the South African bowlers have looked off color. They need wickets in heaps to get back into this game. 64 more runs needed, this game could probably end in this session itself.

30.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, On middle, Oshada keeps it out.
30.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
30.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good shape on this one. Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.
30.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Length delivery on middle, Fernando pushes it to short mid-wicket. It was good call from Oshada to not go for the run but Mendis wanted it.
30.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, On the off pole, it is kept out.
30.1
1
K Rabada to Mendis, This is flicked through square leg for another run. Sri Lanka cruising along at the moment.

Kagiso Rabada is back.

29.6
6
K Maharaj to Fernando, SIX! Nice use of the feet from Oshada. Flighted delivery on middle, Fernando comes down the track and lofts this over the bowler for a maximum. The visitors need 65 runs to win the match and the series.
29.5
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, Tossed up on middle, Kusal flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
29.4
0
K Maharaj to Mendis, Loopy delivery on middle, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
29.3
0
K Maharaj to Mendis, Floated on off, Kusal keeps it out.
29.2
0
K Maharaj to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
29.1
0
K Maharaj to Mendis, Tossed up on off, Mendis defends it out.
28.6
1
D Steyn to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis taps it towards third man for a run.
28.5
0
D Steyn to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
28.4
0
D Steyn to Mendis, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
28.3
0
D Steyn to Mendis, Wide outside off, left alone.
28.2
4
D Steyn to Mendis, FOUR! Brings up his fifty in style! His 9th in this format and the whole dressing room is up on their feet applauding the knock. He has looked as fluent as he ever has in this one and this is also his highest knock in the series and what a time to score it. This probably could be a knock which has won the series for the visitors. Also an exquisite shot to get there. Just behind a driving length, Mendis gets right behind the ball and strokes it past mid off for a boundary.
28.1
0
D Steyn to Mendis, On the off pole, Mendis goes right back and keeps it out.
27.6
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Kusal plays it towards covers for a run.
27.5
1
K Maharaj to O Fernando, Full on off, Oshada drives it towards mid off for a run.
27.4
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Fernando defends it off the front foot.
27.3
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, IN THE AIR AND SAFE! Floated outside off, Mendis comes down the track and lofts it over covers. It fell just short of the fielder. The batsmen take a run.
27.2
0
K Maharaj to Mendis, Tossed up on off, Mendis comes down the track and blocks it.
27.1
4
K Maharaj to Mendis, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Mendis makes room and cuts it through covers for a boundary.
26.6
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Outside off again, Fernando leaves it alone. Much better over from Steyn as he conceded too many runs in his last over.
26.5
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Second consecutive leave from Oshada Fernando. Good length delivery outside off, Fernando lets it go.
26.4
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Outside off, Fernando shoulders his arms to this one.
26.3
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Full on off, Oshada drives it to mid off.
26.2
0
D Steyn to Fernando, Again on a good length on middle, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
26.1
1
D Steyn to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis guides it towards third man for a run. Kusal moves into the 40s now.
25.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Oshada defends it off the front foot.
25.5
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, BEATEN! Tossed up on off, Fernando looks to defend but it turns away from the batsmen and gets beaten on this one.
25.4
2
K Maharaj to Fernando, Rush of blood there! Fernando uses his feet and looks to go downtown. He isn't to the pitch of the ball but still goes ahead with the shot. Ends up slicing it. To his luck though, it falls in no man's land in the cover region and the batsmen take two.
25.3
1
K Maharaj to Mendis, This is eased down to long off for an easy run.
25.2
1
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tosses it up this time, the batter works it towards wide mid on for a run.
25.1
0
K Maharaj to O Fernando, Shortish and outside off, Fernando guides it but can't get it past the diving point fielder. OF will feel he has missed out there. It was there to be hit.

Keshav Maharaj is on now.

24.6
4
D Steyn to Mendis, FOUR! Third boundary of the over. Short and outside off, Mendis cuts it through point for a boundary. Big over for Sri Lanka. 12 runs came from it. Steyn's first over this morning has gone for many.
24.5
0
D Steyn to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
24.4
4
D Steyn to Mendis, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Full on off, Mendis drives it straight past the bowler for a boundary. This is excellent batting from Mendis.
24.3
0
D Steyn to Mendis, Outside off, Kusal lets it go.
24.2
4
D Steyn to Mendis, FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Mendis drives it through covers for a boundary. This is a very positive shot from Kusal Mendis.
24.1
0
D Steyn to Mendis, Good length delivery outside off, Mendis shoulders his arms to this one.

Dale Steyn is into the attack.

23.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Pushed to mid on off a length to end the over. 6 came off it, Sri Lanka doing it nicely so far!
23.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Another short of a length ball outside off, Oshada defends it towards the off side.
23.4
1
K Rabada to Mendis, A good short ball at the frame of the batsman, Mendis manages to fend it off towards the leg side for a single.
23.3
1
K Rabada to Fernando, A single follows the boundary. Really smart batting this! A length ball pushed towards mid-wicket by Fernando as he gets to the other end.
23.2
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Runs are leaking now! Very full and on middle, Fernando strokes it with a very straight bat, through mid on and the ball races away to the fence.
23.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length and outside off, Fernando is in no mood at playing that.
22.6
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Bowls a bouncer, Mendis does well to duck under it. Big over for Sri Lanka. 8 runs came from it.
22.5
4
D Olivier to K Mendis, FOUR! Second boundary in the over. Short of a length delivery, Mendis pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Kusal Mendis is looking confident here.
22.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
22.3
4
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR! 50 partnership between Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando. Full on middle and leg, Mendis lofts this over mid on for a boundary. It has been a great and much-needed partnership for Sri Lanka. The two batsmen joined when they lost two wickets quickly. The visitors will hope they can continue though.
22.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, On off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
22.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis taps it to point.
21.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Full on middle, Fernando plays it nicely to mid on.
21.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Bowls a bouncer, Fernando does well to duck under it.
21.4
2
K Rabada to Fernando, Nicely played! Well in front of square. Short, this time Fernando gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
21.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, In the 5th stump channel, left alone.
21.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Bowls fuller than the last ball, Fernando though is solid in defense.
21.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Short and gets it to bounce at a good height. Fernando looks to pull by taking his eyes off the ball. Misses.
20.6
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
20.5
0
D Olivier to Mendis, On a good length outside off, Mendis looks to play at the ball but ends up playing inside the line and gets beaten due to the away movement on this one.
20.4
3
D Olivier to O Fernando, Full on off, Fernando drives it mid off. The fielder chases it and stops it before the ropes comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets.
20.3
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Again on a good length on off, Mendis guides it through slips. It seems like an educational edge. It goes towards third man for a run.
20.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Mendis defends this good length delivery on the back foot.
20.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis plays it towards backward point.
19.6
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Again on a good length on off, Fernando defends it off the back foot. Good testing over by Rabada.
19.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, On middle, Oshada defends it to mid off.
19.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando offers a nice forward defense on this one. This was bowled at 148.0 kph.
19.3
1
K Rabada to Mendis, On off, Mendis plays it towards point for a run.
19.2
1
K Rabada to Fernando, Length delivery on middle and leg, Fernando flicks it towards square leg for a run.
19.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, BEATEN! Good ball from Rabada. Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. Oshada looked to play away from the body and that is why he was beaten on this one.
18.6
0
D Olivier to Fernando, A little too straight, Fernando looks to flick but misses. It hits his pad and rolls towards square leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
18.5
0
D Olivier to Fernando, This time he offers a solid front foot defense to the ball on off.
18.4
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Whizzes past the outside edge! Fuller in length and outside off, Fernando goes at it with hard hands but gets beaten. That was not quite there for that shot.
18.3
0
D Olivier to Fernando, A confident looking drive back to the bowler this time.
18.2
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Another back foot defense to a ball on middle.
18.1
0
D Olivier to Fernando, Back of a length on off, Fernando blocks it out.
17.6
0
K Rabada to Mendis, This is bowled outside off, Mendis lets it be. A good over for Sri Lanka. They have started off on a positive note.
17.5
2
K Rabada to Mendis, Sliced away! Full and outside off, Mendis looks to go over covers, the face of his bat opens at the last moment. The ball goes over point, Steyn hares after it and keeps it down to two.

Meanwhile, Lasith Embuldeniya is seen in a sling and trying to hold a bat some how. Shows us how much this means to the Lankans, this guy might just come out to bat if absolutely needed!

17.4
0
K Rabada to Mendis, A dot now as this one is bowled outside off, the batter leaves it alone.
17.3
1
K Rabada to Fernando, 4, 2, 1 is how this over reads till now. Fernando taps it towards point and gets to the other end.
17.2
2
K Rabada to Fernando, Now a couple! Off the back foot this time, it is pushed through point. The batsmen call for two early and complete it.
17.1
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Welcome, Rabada! That is a classic shot. First boundary of the day and that should really give a lot of confidence to the Lankan batsman. Not a very bad delivery, it is on a length and around off, Fernando plants his front foot forward and then drives it on the up through covers for a boundary.

Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end.

16.6
2
D Olivier to Mendis, Short delivery, Mendis looks to pull but gets it of the top of the bat. It goes over mid-wicket and falls in no man's land. The batsmen pick up a couple. 4 runs came from the over but it was a testing over from Duanne Olivier.
16.5
0
D Olivier to K Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards slip. It falls just short of the slip fielder. That could have been the first wicket for South Africa but by the initial look of it luck seems to be running Sri Lanka's way.
16.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, That is a jaffa! It is pitched on a length on off and moves away, Mendis looks to defend but gets beaten all ends up. It was a perfect seam position from Olivier.
16.3
1
D Olivier to Fernando, Short of a length delivery, Fernando pulls it through square leg for a run.
16.2
1
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Mendis pushes it towards square leg for a run. First run of Day 3.
16.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Starts with a good length delivery on middle, Mendis blocks it off his back foot.

We are all set for the action to begin. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis are to continue batting. Duanne Olivier will start the proceedings on Day 3.

As for the hosts, they will desperately look for early wickets this morning under the cloudy conditions. It may just set the cat amongst the pigeons in the opposition dressing room. Steyn and Co. are definitely capable of triggering a collapse but the pressure is on the Proteas bowlers as well. To avoid losing a rare Test series at home, they will need to bowl really well. When such a situation arises, it could more often than not result in mistakes occurring. That can be ill-afforded today, the fielders have to hold on to every catch that comes their way and put their body to the sword to try and stop every single run possible. The series on the line, a brilliant and nerve-wracking day of Test cricket in the offing. Emotions running high and can't wait? Neither can we... the first ball is not far away!

Hello and welcome to Day 3 and what most probably will be the final day of this engrossing and absolutely thrilling 2-match Test series. The team from the Emerald Isle is on the brink of creating history by becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa, requiring just 137 runs to win the second Test. They have 8 wickets in hand, but need to guard against crumbling under the pressure of expectations. Sri Lanka are very close to doing something no team has done before but that could be the very reason they might give a sniff to the home team to make a comeback in this game. Thus, the visitors would be better off in just playing this like any other game and doing the basics, not thinking about what they could achieve.

... Day 3, Session 1 ...

Now then, 18 wickets fell today and the Test has been more or less dominated by the bowlers. Will we see the same on the third day? South Africa will surely want that. Sri Lanka on the other hand, know just one good session and the game is theirs. Pressure is on South Africa, they are 1-0 down in the series, they are slightly on the back foot here. Will they rise up to the occasion or will the Lankans make history? Join us on Saturday to find out. It could and should be the last day of this Test match, beginning at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Earlier in the day, the Lankans were bundled out in the first session and they conceded a lead of 68. Then, their bowlers bounced back in some style. They bowled the hosts out for 128 and ensured they are chasing something below 200. They now end the day with 8 wickets in hand and needing another 137 runs.

Their openers started off well but then two quick wickets put them on the back foot. However, Mendis and Fernando played their shots and are amidst a 26-run stand. They have looked positive but need to continue in the same manner. South Africa on the other hand have bowled well, Rabada and Olivier especially with their pace but the Lankans managed to play them out fairly well. Maharaj who bowled the last over got some assistance from the surface and he will surely have to play an important role on Day 3.

What a day of Test cricket we witnessed! In the end, one can say it is the Lankans who will walk off the park as the happier of the two. Yes, they have lost two wickets but have managed to wipe out 60 runs off the target.

15.6
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Tossed up on middle, Fernando blocks it well. THAT IS STUMPS ON DAY 2. SRI LANKA NEED 137 RUNS TO WIN.
15.5
4
K Maharaj to Fernando, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Floated on off, Fernando drives it through covers for a boundary. He is looking good here.
15.4
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Oshada keeps it out.
15.3
4
K Maharaj to Fernando, FOUR! Floated on off, Fernando guides it through point for a boundary.
15.2
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Again turn on this one. Floated on off, Fernando looks to play inside the line of the ball but misses it.
15.1
0
K Maharaj to Fernando, Turn for Maharaj. Spins away from off stump, Fernando looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.

Keshav Maharaj to probably bowl what will be the last over of the day.

14.6
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.
14.5
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Bowls a bouncer, Mendis does well to duck under it.
14.4
2
D Olivier to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Kusal nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
14.3
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Same delivery, Mendis offers no shot.
14.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders his arms to this one. It was close to the off stump.
14.1
4
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR! Nice shot. If you bowl on pads, you will get punished. Full delivery on middle and leg, Mendis drives it through mid on for a boundary. There was good timing on this one and placement was perfect.
13.6
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Again on a good length on off, Fernando defends it out. Maiden over from Mulder.
13.5
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Length delivery on middle, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler.
13.4
0
W Mulder to Fernando, On middle, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
13.3
0
W Mulder to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle, Oshada blocks it well.
13.2
0
W Mulder to Fernando, On a good length on off, Oshada keeps it out.
13.1
0
W Mulder to Fernando, On off, Fernando defends it off the back foot.

Wiaan Mulder is on now.

12.6
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot. Just 4 runs came from the over. Sri Lanka need 151 runs.
12.5
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis lets it go.
12.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
12.3
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good leave! This was in the 5th stump channel. Mendis knows where his off stump is and he shoulders arms.
12.2
4
D Olivier to Mendis, FOUR! Easy-peasy! However, he flicked that with a lot of style. Full and on the pads, Mendis with his back leg up flicks it over square leg and a boundary.
12.1
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Play and a miss! Once again a needless poke. Outside off and on a length, Mendis hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
11.6
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to defend but gets an outside edge. Oshada plays away from the body. It goes towards third man for a boundary. Good over for Sri Lanka. 8 runs came from it.
11.5
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando looks to defend but gets beaten by the away movement on this one.
11.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
11.3
4
K Rabada to Fernando, FOUR! First boundary for Oshada Fernando. Length delivery on off, Fernando gets on top of the ball and drives it through covers for a boundary.
11.2
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshado defends it out.
11.1
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Length delivery on off, Fernando plays it to the off side.
10.6
0
D Olivier to Mendis, On off, Mendis keeps it out.
10.5
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
10.4
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Outside off again, Kusal lets it go.
10.3
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders his arms to this one.
10.2
0
D Olivier to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.

Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in.

10.1
0
D Olivier to Karunaratne, OUT! Two in two overs and the bowling change has worked wonders here. Karunaratne, the skipper is walking back. Both the openers are now back in the hut. The angle does him in. Length and around off, it slants away. Karunaratne plays inside the line staying rooted to his crease, the ball kisses the outside edge and de Kock makes no mistake behind. The South Africans are now fired up and Sri Lanka seem to be under pressure now. Can the hosts take a couple more before Stumps?

Duanne Olivier is into the attack.

9.6
1
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it towards square leg for a run.
9.5
1
K Rabada to O Fernando, Short of a length delivery, Fernando pulls it towards deep backward square leg for a run.
9.4
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshada keeps it out.
9.3
0
K Rabada to Fernando, Short delivery outside off, Fernando looks to play at it but misses it due to the bounce on this one.

Oshada Fernando is the new batsman in.

9.2
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Rabada draws first blood and boy, isn't he pumped up. Almost the same line and length like the previous ball. The last one went past the outside edge and this one takes it. Slightly behind a good length and it is outside off. Karunaratne maybe could have left it but he pokes at it away from his body. The ball takes the outside edge and goes into the mitts of the keeper. The budding opening stand has been cut short. 165 more needed and 9 wickets in hand.
9.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Thirimanne looks to play inside the line but gets beaten on this one.
8.6
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, On the off pole, kept out. Another good over for the Lankans, 8 from it.
8.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.

Meanwhile, the Sun has come out and it has become bright out there once more!

8.4
4
D Steyn to Karunaratne, FOUR! A boundary this time. On the shorter side, Karunaratne picks the length early and pulls it over mid-wicket. It races to the fence.
8.3
3
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Good shot, good balance there. Not a boundary but three good runs. Full and on the pads, Thirimanne does not fall over and whips it through mid-wicket. Olivier does really well to give it a chase and pull it back in. Saves a run for his side, every run his handy at the moment.
8.2
1
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Works it with the angle towards fine leg for an easy run. 172 more needed.
8.1
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Well bowled but well played! On off, it straightens a touch. Also, the length is really good. Karunaratne adjusts to the movement and then defends it onto the ground.
7.6
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On the fuller side, the batsman strokes it to mid off. Good drive but to the fielder.
7.5
1
K Rabada to Karunaratne, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
7.4
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, On the 5th stump channel. The batsman need not play at those and Karunaratne does exactly that.
7.3
1
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Good running! This is clipped slightly wide of mid on and the batsmen cross ends.
7.2
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Good length and on off, Thirimanne is once again solid in defense.
7.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Bowls it short and angles it into the batter, it is worked towards mid-wicket. The two batters look at ease at the moment.
6.6
4
D Steyn to Karunaratne, FOUR! Classy! Second boundary in the over! Full and on middle, Karunaratne with the angle strokes it past mid on and it races to the fence.
6.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Inside edge! Karunaratne is guilty of playing away from the body, to his luck though he gets an inside edge which hits him on the pad.
6.4
4
D Steyn to Karunaratne, FOUR! Easy pickings for an Asian batsman. On the pads, it is flicked through mid-wicket. The fielder gives it a chase, he tries to pull it back in but fails to do so.
6.3
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Just as I write that, a loose shot from the batsman. The delivery was not quite there for the drive, Karunaratne still goes for it but gets beaten.
6.2
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, On a length again and this is on off, DK is half-forward as he blocks it. The two openers looked assured till now.
6.1
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, On the off stump, Karunaratne covers the line and keeps it out.
5.6
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Back of a length on off, Thirimanne goes back and defends it onto the ground.
5.5
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Second leave in a row! Thirimanne shoulders arms to this one.
5.4
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, One more delivery outside off, the batter shoulders arms to this one.
5.3
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Rabada goes back to bowling length. The batsman keeps it out.
5.2
4
K Rabada to Thirimanne, FOUR! Up and over! Short and outside off, Thirimanne hops, gets on top of the bounce and cuts it over point. It races away to the fence.
5.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, On the off pole, Thirimanne gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
4.6
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot.
4.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Bowls a bouncer, Karunaratne does well to duck under it.

Karunaratne is on his haunches following the second blow. Needs some time to compose himself... There is even a check of the centre guard, important to make sure that there is no breakage there.

4.4
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Good length delivery again on middle and leg, the skipper looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. Steyn bowled this delivery at 142 kph.
4.3
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
4.2
1
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle and leg, Thirimanne nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
4.1
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne keeps it out.
3.6
2
K Rabada to Karunaratne, A confident punch! On the shorter side, Karunaratne punches it through covers and collects a brace.
3.5
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Wasteful delivery that! It is outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to this one.
3.4
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Inside edge! Good length and outside off, Karunaratne looks to defend but he ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads.
3.3
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne stands tall and defends it onto the ground.
3.2
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, Now it is outside off, the batter lets it be.
3.1
0
K Rabada to Karunaratne, FOUR LEG BYES! Can't give such easy runs here. On the pads, the batter fails to flick, it brushes the pads and races to the fine leg fence.
2.6
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Good leave in the end! This one comes in with the angle. Thirimanne shoulders arms to this one. It goes close past the off pole.
2.5
0
Steyn to Thirimanne, Howzzat? The answer to that question is not out. Height is the issue. It is on off and it angles into the batsman. Karunaratne fails to get bat on ball. It hits him high on the pad. An appeal follows and the umpire shakes his head.

It has got really dark out there. The umpires are willing to continue though.

2.4
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, This is flicked towards square leg with the angle.
2.3
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Perfect! On a length and around off, Thirimanne blocks it towards cover.
2.2
0
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Too wide, left alone. The South African bowlers are guilty of bowling a little too wide here.
2.1
1
D Steyn to Karunaratne, On the shorter side, Karunaratne goes back and guides it through point for a single.
1.6
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it. A maiden but not a threatening one.
1.5
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, 4th leave in the over! Outside off, the batsman need not play at those.
1.4
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Well left! It is outside off, Thirimanne for a second looked like he would go for the drive but then bails out.
1.3
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Changes the angle and straightaway makes the batsman play. Thirimanne keeps the ball on the stumps out with a back foot defense.
1.2
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, Drags his length back but the line is again outside off, easy leave.
1.1
0
K Rabada to Thirimanne, A little too wide outside off, the batter shoulders arms to this one.

Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, That stays a touch low but well played. On the off pole, Karunaratne looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to square leg. Two from the first over, good start for the Lankans.
0.5
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Fuller in length and wide outside off, the batsman is not tempted to play the drive, he leaves it alone.
0.4
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Works it with the angle through mid-wicket and takes one.
0.3
0
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Changes the angle and comes around the wicket. It is angled in from outside off, it does not angle in enough to make the batsman play.
0.2
1
D Steyn to Thirimanne, Thirimanne is underway now! Not in convincing manner though. It is pitched on middle and it straightens a touch. LT defends outside the line, it goes off the inner half through square leg for a single.
0.1
1
D Steyn to Karunaratne, Sri Lanka are away! On the shorter side, takes off a little after pitching. Karunaratne nudges it to fine leg and gets to the other end.