Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2020-21

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date: 26 December-30 December, 2020

Sri Lanka 180/10

RR: 3.9 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 45 runs

commentary

So that is it from this game! The South Africans have ended up taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Everything to play for then in the second Test for Sri Lanka which begins on the 3rd of January at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

The South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, starts off by saying that he is feeling good. Adds that on Day 1, they were slightly disappointed with their bowling but that they came back nicely towards the end of their bowling spell and they showed great character to finish off nicely. Feels that it was a good start by Markram and Elgar and they showed great intent. Says that they are not looking to do anything too different in the next game.

Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan captain, starts off by saying that they were in the driving seat as they scored nearly 400 and they did well as a batting unit. Credits his batters for their approach. Says that as a captain, they lost their main bowler and they did well in the first day but they have a couple of youngsters, who can come and do a job for him in the second test. Feels that they need to keep the momentum and a positive mindset and that the bowlers have done a good job for them, whenever the team has required them to. Tells that they want to take the positives from this game and move forward.

The Player of the Match is Faf du Plessis! He says that it was a good win and that they bowled alright but they showed good character as a batting unit and it is always good to contribute to the team. Adds that the important thing as a batting unit, is that they wanted to start well and they did that. Feels that he took his time to get going. Tells that as you look up at the scoreboard and see a deficit, you work on a partnership and then score more freely and they did that well. Feels that it was a good test match pitch and if you hit that channel while bowling, it would be good. Credits the groundsmen and adds that this was a free scoring match as well. Adds that he was feeling good in the lead up to this series and it was unique since he has not played red ball cricket in over a year and he wanted to just focus on the basics.

Tey took a lead of over 200 before declaring and from there on, it was a very difficult task for the Lankans to get back into the game. In the second innings, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Perera at the top and Hasaranga lower down the order showed some fight. The two scored half tons but a lot more was needed from them. In the end, it was a very one-sided game. Stay tuned for the presentation!

Then when South Africa came out to bat, the Lankans were dealt with another blow as they lost Rajitha in the initial overs itself due to injury! Then they kept drifting away from the game. The South African batters kept piling partnerships and that too in quick time. Three 100-plus run stands with Faf being the top scorer, falling one short of a double ton.

The Test started nicely for the visitors! They elected to bat and were set a good first innings total. However it could have been a few more had de Silva did not got injured. It was his partnership with Chandimal which looked at ease. However, once he walked off injured, Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals but they still amassed close to 400.

A very convincing win for South Africa in the end! Also, like predicted, this has turned out to be the last session. It was a no-brainer though as 2 wickets is all they needed. One though has to feel bad for Sri Lanka. They did not play as bad as the scorecard indicates. They were a lot better than that. Injuries though at crucial moments cost them big time. Not saying they would have won the game but it would have surely been a better contest.

46.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, OUT! TAKEN! End of the Test and IT IS SOUTH AFRICA WHO WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 45 RUNS! A length ball around off, Rajitha looks to fend at it but it goes off the outside edge to gully who takes it.
45.6
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, On middle, it is kept out somehow.
45.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Outside off, left alone.
45.4
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Another one on middle, Kumara defends it onto the ground.
45.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, On middle, it is kept out.
45.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Shorter and on middle, Kumara does well to duck under it. It is a no ball as the bowler has overstepped!

Lahiru Kumara walks out to bat! The last man.

45.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! TAKEN! The hopes of avoiding an innings defeat is probably over! A length delivery, it is slapped hard but down towards long off where Hasaranga takes it. End of a good little innings from him but not enough.
45.1
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and this one stays down low! Hasaranga looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
44.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, A maiden to end! Shorter and on middle. Rajitha hops and defends it onto the ground.
44.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, On the shorter side, Rajitha once again looks to keep it out without looking. He gets hit on the thigh pad.
44.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter in length again, Rajitha hops and keeps it out.
44.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Goes short again! This is defended.
44.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter and on the body, Rajitha looks to defend it by taking the eyes off the ball, does so.
44.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter and down the leg side, Rajitha lets it go.

Nortje is on!

43.6
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Smashed! Shorter and on middle, this is hit hard down the ground and it races away to the fence. Lovely shot.
43.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Good length and on middle, kept out.
43.4
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Outside off, Hasaranga looks to push at it. It goes off the outside edge past the gully fielder and down to the third man fence.
43.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and on middle, this is defended onto the ground.
43.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and around off, it is defended onto the ground.
43.1
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Fifty for Hasaranga! A very good knock from him. He is hitting boundaries at will now! This is full and outside off, it is lofted over covers for a boundary.
42.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
42.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, A low full toss on the pads, Rajitha looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad.
42.4
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, Outside off, comes in with the angle. Rajitha lets it be.
42.3
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, kept out.
42.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, One more ball on a length Blocked.
42.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, this is blocked.
41.6
6
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, SIX! The field is up and it goes a long way! Hasaranga comes down the track and smashes this right off the middle and over the long on fence for a biggie.
41.5
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Chance of a run out but the throw is at the wrong end! On middle, this is worked to the right of the bowler. Rajitha is limping as he needs to take the single He though is sent back as that single was never going to be completed.
41.4
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Quicker and on middle, Hasaranga stays back and defends it onto the ground.
41.3
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Another one on middle, Hasaranga defends it onto the ground.
41.2
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, blocked.
41.1
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, This is pushed down to long on for no runs.
40.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, kept out again. Good over for Lanka.
40.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, defended.
40.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, ON middle, this is guided past third man. Hasaranga calls for two but Rajitha barely completes one.
40.3
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Down the ground this time! Hasaranga steps out and smashes it down to the long on fence for a boundary.
40.2
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Again! This time he makes room and hits it a lot flatter but gets it over cover for a boundary.
40.1
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Lovely shot! Hasaranga makes room and then lofts this over the fielder at covers for a boundary. Lovely shot.
39.6
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the pads, it is worked to square leg again.
39.5
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the pads, worked to square leg.
39.4
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, Another one on middle, it is kept out nicely.
39.3
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the middle pole, it is defended onto the ground.
39.2
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
39.1
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On off, it is worked to mid on.
38.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, End of another quick over! On off, it is pushed to covers.
38.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
38.4
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, blocked.
38.3
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, Quicker and on off, it is guided to point.
38.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, it is pushed to cover.
38.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, defended nicely.
37.6
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, No run, On middle, it is kept out nicely.
37.5
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the middle pole, it is kept out nicely.
37.4
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On off, it is pushed to covers.
37.3
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On off, it is defended nicely.
37.2
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, this is kept out.
37.1
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, One more ball on middle, it is kept out.

We are back for what could well be the last session of the Test! The South African players make their way out to the middle. Rajitha shows good fight to actually walk out and bat. Hasaranga to resume his innings. Markram to begin things. Kind of a surprise that.

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

South African's session and one just feels they are going to win this game in the next session! Wickets at regular intervals saw them finishing on top. Perera was the only one who showed some fight with a half ton but the rest just came and went. Not a lot of batting left now and they are still 77 runs away. An innings defeat looks on the cards. Stay tuned for what could be the last session.

36.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! RUN OUT! A horrible mix-up and there goes anothe wicket! This is worked towards mid-wicket. Hasaranga takes a start due to which Fernando takes off. He is though sent back from the point of no return. The fielder picks it up and throws it to the bowler who underarms it on the stumps. They take it upstairs and replays show that the batter is short.

A run out! It has though been taken upstairs, just to be sure.

36.5
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! The slog sweep is out and it is hit brilliantly! Over the fielder at mid-wicket for a boundary.
36.4
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, Shorter and around off, it is guided to point.
36.3
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, kept out.
36.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, it is pushed through covers to the keeper.
36.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, it is kept out nicely.
35.6
0
Lutho Sipamla to Vishwa Fernando, On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side for two. It is actually off the pads so two leg byes.
35.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Another one bites the dust Length and around off, this pitches and moves away. Shanaka looks to defend but the ball kisses the outside edge and the keeper takes another catch.
35.4
0
Lutho Sipamla to Dasun Shanaka, On off, this is defended nicely.
35.3
1
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Outside off, this is guided through point for one.
35.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, this is defended nicely again.
35.1
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, this one stays a little low. Hasaranga gets his bat down in time.
34.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, Shanaka gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
34.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On the middle pole again, this is kept out nicely agian.
34.4
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, defended nicely.
34.3
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On off, this is pushed to covers.
34.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, First a catching chance and then a rin out chance too! All happening on this ball! Shanaka comes down the track and works it uppishly towards the fielder at short leg. He fails to take it. It lobs to his right. De Kock goes for it but then collects it on the bounce. He looks to underarm a throw, with his back towards the stumps at his end but misses. Would have been close.
34.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, defended.
33.6
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and this one stays low! Blocked.
33.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Back of a length and on off, kept out.
33.4
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, it is defended solidly.
33.3
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Through the gap! Very unlucky Sipamla there! It is shorter and outside off, Hasaranga looks to cut but due to the extra bounce. It goes off the outside edgfe and between gully and third slip for a boundary.
33.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Extra bounce! Hasaranga does well to defend this ball by taking a hand off the handle. It rises up off a length.
33.1
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, EDGY FOUR! Length and around off, it straightens a touch. Hasaranga looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence.
32.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, Loopy bakll on middle, this is defended nicely.
32.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, defended nicely.
32.4
2
Keshav Maharaj to Dasun Shanaka, Shorter and angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.
32.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, it is kept out nicely.
32.2
1
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga,  A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.
32.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, this is driven to mid on.

Maharaj is on!

31.6
0
Lutho Sipamla to Dasun Shanaka, Outside off, left alone.
31.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Dasun Shanaka, Good length and on off, it is pushed to covers.
31.4
1
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Back of a length and on off, it is guided towards point for one.
31.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Outside off again, Hasaranga goes after it but is beaten.
31.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Good length, kept out.
31.1
1
Lutho Sipamla to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

Sipamla is on now!

30.6
4
Anrich Nortje to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Through the gap! Length and around off, Hasaranga looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge past gully and to the fence.
30.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Wanindu Hasaranga, On off, kept out.
30.4
1
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, On off, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.
30.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Down the leg side, left alone.
30.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, On off, it is pushed to mid off.
30.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Length and around off, left alone.
29.6
4
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! This is nicely played! Short and outside off, this is cut over point and it goes away to the point boundary.
29.5
4
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Just over! This is on a length and around off, Hasaranga looks to defend, it goes off the slice and over the gully fielder for a boundary.
29.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, Down the leg side, it is left alone.
29.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, Back of a length and on off, kept out nicely.
29.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, Good length and on off, it is pushed to mid off nicely.
29.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Wanindu Hasaranga, Back of a length and on off, it is kept out.
28.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Good length and on middle, kept out.
28.4
1
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On off, this is pushed to the off side for one.

Hasaranga walks out to bat!

28.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, OUT! There indeed is an outside edge! That is what that noise was! Perera, who was looking so good out there, is dismissed. Nortje gets a scalp. It is on a length and around off, moves away a little. Perera hangs his bat out. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat. An appeal but turned down. It is reviewed. Replays show a spike on Ultra Edge. 111 is what they trail by.

Another review by South Africa! An appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. There was a noise.

28.3
4
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, FOUR! On the pads, this is worked fine. The fielder at fine leg runs to his left and then dives but he touyches the rope as he pushes the ball in.
28.2
2
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, A little too straight, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
28.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Good length around middle, it lands and comes in. Perera gets an inside edge onto the pads as he tries to defend.
27.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, Another one on the stumps, Dasun gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
27.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, Another one on a length and around off, blocked.
27.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, On off, Shanaka is solid in defense.
27.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, Attacks the stumps, it is defended nicely.
27.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, Outside off, left alone.
27.1
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, On off, this is pushed to mid off for one. Perera batting nicely.
26.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, The last ball is outside off, not played at.
26.5
1
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On off, it is dropped towards cover for one.
26.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Hits the length again, defended.
26.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Good length and on off, defended.
26.2
2
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On the shorter side, this is pushed through covers for two.
26.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On middle, it is kept out.
25.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, length again and on off, it is kept out nicely.
25.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, On off, Shanaka pushes it to mid off.
25.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, On middle, this is defended nicely.
25.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, On a length and on off, Shanaka keeps it out.
25.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dasun Shanaka, Good length and on off, defended.
25.1
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, On middle, it is worked on the leg side for one.
24.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Extra bouce but outside off, left alone again.
24.5
2
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Fuller and on off, this is hit through covers for two.
24.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, Down the leg side, left alone.
24.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Dasun Shanaka, NO BALL! Nortje oversteps! Length and around off, it is kept out.
24.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Outside off, Perera swings but it goes off the inner half to fine leg for one.
24.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Length and around off, it is pushed to covers again.
24.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Lands it on a length and on off, it is pushed to cover.

Dasun Shanaka walks out to bat.

23.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! It is on a length and around off, angling away. Dickwella looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge and de Kock makies no mistake. So Mulder has yet another one and Sri Lanka are in deep trouble now.
23.5
4
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, FOUR! Through the leg side this time! It is on the pads, Dickwella works it fine on the leg side and bags a boundary.
23.4
4
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Lovely shot! This is fuller and outside off, Dickwella strokes it through covers. He just uses the pace and it goes through covers for a boundary.
23.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Length again, kept out again.
23.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Lovely! Just keeps bowling it on a length around off, gets it to move away. It goes past the outside edge.
23.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Back of a length and on off, kept out.
22.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On off, defended.
22.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Down the leg side, left alone.
22.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Back of a length and on middle, it is defended nicely.
22.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, That is a beauty! Length and around off, it pitches and moves away. Perera is beaten as he tries to defend.
22.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Outside off, not played at.
22.1
2
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.
21.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Outside off, left alone.
21.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, PUT DOWN! THat should have been taken from de Kock. This is on the pads, Dickwella looks to flick but it goes off the inner half to the right of de Kock. Who had it in his hands but fails to hang on.
21.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, BEATEN AGAIN! Length and outside off, ND once again pushes at it away from the body. Beaten.
21.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, Outside off, Dickwella has a lazy push at it. He is beaten.
21.2
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Leading edge and safe! A single and that brings up fifty for Perera! An entertaining knock but he needs to go on. On middle, Perera looks to flick but does so early. It goes off the leading edge through covers for one.

The physio walks out and the magic spray is also out.

21.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, OUCH! On middle, this one takes off after landing. Perera looks to defend but it hits his elbow. He is some pain.
20.6
2
Anrich Nortje to Niroshan Dickwella, Angled into the middle pole, Dickwella looks to defend but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for two.
20.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Niroshan Dickwella, Outside off, left alone.
20.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Niroshan Dickwella, Length and on off, Dickwella stays back and keeps it out.
20.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Niroshan Dickwella, Outside off, not played at.
20.2
1
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, One more length ball around off, Perera guides it through point for one.
20.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Length and on off, defended.
19.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Niroshan Dickwella, On off, kept out.
19.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, OUT! TIMBER There is the wicket South Africa so desperately wanted and Mulder provides it. This is on a length and outside off, it jags back in sharply. Chandimal looks to whip it in the end but fails to connect. The ball hits the off pole. The ball came back in sharply and chandimal failed to adjust to that.
19.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Angled into the pads, it takes off after pitching. Hits Chandimal on the pads as he tries to defend.
19.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, On middle, defended.
19.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Length again but outside off, left alone.
19.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, On off, it is kept out.
18.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Outside off to end, left alone.
18.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, A yorker outside off, Perera looks to squeeze it out but gets an inside edge to the keeper.
18.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, On off, blocked nicely.
18.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, NOT OUT! Pitched outside leg easily! This is on the pad, Perera looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but turned down! South Africa review but they lose one.

A huge appeal for an LBW but turned down! South Africa review. Seems to be pitching outside leg.

18.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, One more ball on off, Perera gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
18.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, On off, it is kept out nicely.
17.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Outside off, left alone.
17.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, On off, it is pushed to covers.
17.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Good length and on off, it is pushed to mid off.
17.3
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, On off, it is pushed off the back foot towards cover for one.
17.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, One more ball outswide off, Perera does not play at it.
17.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Outside off, left alone.
16.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, This one stays a touch low! On middle, Chandimal does well to get his bat down in time and keep it out.
16.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Length again and on off, defended solidly.
16.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Length and around off, Chandimal pushes at it but does not time it.
16.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, On off, defended nicely.
16.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
16.2
4
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Up and over! This is wide outside off and Perera goes after it. He squirts it over point and bags a boundary. Ngidi has also overstepped.
16.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, A good shot but for no runs! Outside off and fuller, it is driven to wide mid off.
15.6
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, A direct hit and Chandimal was a goner! Perera has to remember Chandimal is not at 100 percent and those risky singles are not the right idea. This is on a length and around off, it is played to the left of the bowler and Perera takes off. Chandimal goes for it. Mulder gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
15.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Length again and outside off, left alone.
15.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Good length and on off, blocked.
15.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, NOT OUT! That is off the back thigh! Perera survives to fight another day! Good review. On a length and around off, it comes back in after landing. Perera looks to defend but it cuts him into half. There is a noise as it goes to the keeper. An appeal and up goes the finger after a thought. He reviews and replays show it was not bat.

A huge appeal for a caught behind and it is given! Perera reviews so it might be off the pad.

15.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Angles it away from off, left alone.
15.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Outside off, not played at.
14.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, BEATEN! Length and on off, this takes off after landing, it also moves away. Chandimal looks to defend but is beaten again.
14.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Good length and outside off, Chandimal guides it towards point. Maharaj does really well to dive to his left and stop if.
14.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Goes back to bowling outside off, not played at again.
14.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Good length and on off, Chandimal defends it solidly.
14.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, One more ball outside off, not played at.
14.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Outside off and on a length. Left alone.
13.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Down the leg side, it is left alone. Lanka have started off positively.
13.5
4
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Four!
13.4
4
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Through where third slip would have been! Perera's patience runs out. He goes after this one outside off, it flies off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
13.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Outside off again, left alone again.
13.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Outside off, left alone.
13.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Where was Perera going there? This is fuller and around off, it is hit towards Bavuma at mid off. Perera wants a run and sets off. Chandimal sends him back. Luckily Bavuma fumbles and Perera gets back.

Mulder to bowl from the other end!

12.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, A beauty to end! This lands on a length and around off, moves away after landing. Beats the outside edge of Chandimal's bat.
12.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Length and around off, defended.
12.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Extra bounce again! Length and outide off, it takes off after landing and also comes in with the angle. Chandimal does well to leave it by taking his hands away.
12.3
4
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR! First runs for today and it is in the form of a boundary. Good shot! Length and outside off, slightly fuller. Chandimal strokes it through covers and bags a boundary.
12.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Length and around off, straightens a touch. Chandimal looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards gully.
12.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Good carry to begin with! This is length and outside off, left alone. De Kock takes it at head height.

We are all set to begin! Some good news for Sri Lanka to begin with! Chandimal is walking out to bat which probably means he has recovered from the injury he suffered yesterday. He will resume his innings with Perera. Lungi Ngidi to begin proceedings for South Africa. Here we go...

Faf du Plessis is down for an interview. He says he has been getting too many 50s and 60s and wanted to go on. Further adds he does not feel too much into the thought of proving himself and just wants to do well for his side.Mentions he is physically and mentally very well at the moment. On not being the skipper, Faf does not feel that captaincy was a burden and he was enjoying it. He does not feel the bad form was because of him being captain.

It has been all South Africa in this Test after Day 1. They are well on course of winning this game today itself. The already have 2 players out and with a potential injury to Chandimal, they well could be five down already. A miracle is what they’ll need to actually save this game. Their first aim will probably be to avoid an innings defeat and they are still 160 runs away from doing so. We will find out if they avoid it. Stay tuned...

... Day 4, Session 1 ...

Now, Sri Lanka would look to play with a good, positive intent further. Their hopes of winning the match look slim, as things are, so, their common minimum plan now has to be to fend off the South African bowling. But the hosts will look to breathe down their neck on Day 4 and seal things in their favour. Can the Saffas close it on Day 4 or will the Lankans grit it out? Join us on Tuesday, 29th December 2020, at 1000 Local (0800 GMT) to find out. Until then, take care and bye.

Besides him, Vishwa Fernando snared 3 wickets and Shanaka and Kumara managed 2 and 1 wicket(s) respectively. After that, the visitors entered to bat, their 2nd innings. They encountered early setbacks, with their skipper, Dimuth, and Kusal Mendis falling early. After that though, Chandimal and Kusal Perera have done well to stabilize things.

And South Africa did not declare there, with Maharaj continuing strongly, looking for a maiden 100 in Test cricket. However, he departed for 73 and South Africa finished with 621 on the board, with a lead of 225 on board. There was nothing great to speak of the Lankan bowling, with folks going off the field, courtesy injuries. Hasaranga, who went off and came back later, was the pick, with 4 wickets to his name.

Earlier in the day, du Plessis and Bavuma took off from where they left. They got an overall partnership of 179 before Bavuma walked to a ball which he did not edge (as per Ultra Edge). After that, Faf du Plessis got good support from Wiaan and Keshav and that saw South Africa's lead grow by leaps and bounds. Du Plessis though could not get to his first double ton in Tests, as he fell 1 run short.

Right then, the men from South Asia still trail by 160 runs with 8 wickets in hand. A job remains to be done, not an easy one, but with Kusal Perera in the middle, he will look to motivate his side. And the Sri Lanka players will look to maintain a positive attitude as well, as that is the only thing that can be their saviour.

11.6
1
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Full and on the pads, glanced down to fine leg for one. Chandimal limps, as he gets to the other end. Gosh, Sri Lankans cannot afford another injury here. Hope he's ok and will play tomorrow. For now, IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 3!
11.5
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Good length ball around off, flicked to square leg for a single. That could actually have been a chance for run out but Maharaj is right-handed and he got the ball in his left hand there.
11.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Great bit of fielding there from Wiaan Mulder. Full and around off, Perera drives it straight back to Wiaan, who gets down and does well to stop that.
11.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Full and swinging away, to outside off, Kusal looks to work it to the leg side but ends up getting a leading edge there. It goes through the ground, down to mid on.
11.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Back of a length and outside off, left alone.
11.1
2
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Full and on middle, nicely clipped through mid-wicket there, a couple. Sri Lanka need to continue to bat aggressively.
10.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Good length ball on top of the stumps, blocked.
10.5
4
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR! The men from the Island Nation need to be positive wherever they can. Short and outside off, Dinesh chases after that one. Throws the kitchen sink at it and gets it off a thick, uppish outside edge. It flies over the slip cordon and goes down into the third man fence.
10.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Outside off, left alone.
10.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Full and outside off, stroked firmly to cover for a single.
10.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, NOT OUT! South Africa had 3 reviews and they have lost 1 now. Length delivery on the pads, KP looks to help it down the leg side. To the naked eye, it seems to have hit his pads and gone to Quinton de Kock behind. The South African captain and all the Saffa players appeal for a caught behind. But the umpire is unmoved. Lungi Ngidi cajoles his skipper to take a review. And Quinny, after deliberating a little does so. But Ultra Edge lays their ambitions flat as there was no spike as the ball passed the bat there.

An appeal for caught behind! Kusal Perera is the man in question. Ultra Edge shows there is a flat line when the ball passes the bat.

10.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, BEATEN! Nicely bowled. Very nicely bowled from Ngidi. Lands it on a length and outside off, inviting Kusal Perera to drive. He does so but the ball whizzes past his outside edge and into the keeper's gloves.
9.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Length delivery outside off, Chandimal lets that one be. 10 overs done and the Lankans are 56/2, still trailing by 169.
9.5
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Shortish and outside off, Dinesh stands tall and punches it to the off side.
9.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Dinesh Chandimal, Good length ball on off, defended back to the bowler.
9.3
1
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on middle, whipped to short mid-wicket. Sri Lankans pinch in a quick single here.
9.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, On the pads, clipped to square leg.
9.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Play and a miss! That is the dangerous delivery that Perera must be aware of. It lands on a full length outside off, pitches and seams away further, goes past the outside edge of Perera as he looks to play at that.
8.6
4
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR! Lovely shot. Just slightly overpitched. But what a beautiful example of a straight drive. It was just outside off, and DC comes forward and drives that through mid off for a boundary.
8.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Full and outside off, driven to point.
8.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Full and outside off, a one-handed cover-drive is out, straight to cover.
8.3
2
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, This one stays down. Shortish and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal hops and looks to drive that but ends up getting it off the inner half. It goes wide of short leg for two runs.
8.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Fullish on middle, Chandimal is able to defend that but takes one hand off at the last minute, while doing so.
8.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Outside off on a good length, dabbed to the slip cordon safely.
7.6
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on off and middle, defended.
7.5
4
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Nicely played. Too straight from Wiaan Mulder. It was on the pads and Kusal whips it uppishly through square leg. 'Catch' was the call but no one was there and the man at deep backward square leg runs to his right to cut off the boundary, but it was stroked well wide of him too.
7.4
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Outside off, left alone.
7.3
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Good length ball just outside off, defended to cover-point.
7.2
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, BEATEN! Cuts the batsman into half there. Lands it on a good length and outside off, it pitches and seams back in, Perera looks to play at it but the ball goes past his inside edge there.
7.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, Just outside off on a length, left alone.
7.1
0
Wiaan Mulder to Kusal Perera, NO BALL! Wiaan oversteps on his very first ball here. The umpires wanted to have a look at that for whether it was a correct ball or a no ball. No part of Mulder's foot was behind the line, it was deemed. Full and outside off, driven to cover.
6.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, An expensive over this. 14 off it. Good length ball, lands outside off and seams back in, Dinesh looks to play at it but misses and gets hit high on his pads there.
6.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Angled into middle, this is worked to fine leg for a single.
6.4
4
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Nice shot by Perera. Shortish and outside off, Kusal Perera throws his bat at it and gets it well wide of the fielder at point for a boundary.
6.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Ohh... almost a catch there. Fullish and around off, Kusal strokes it uppishly. 'Catch' is the call to the man at mid off but it lands well ahead of him there.
6.2
2
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Misfield and a couple. Length delivery around off, Kusal drives it to the right of mid off. The fielder gets there, dives, but fails to stop that. It goes through him and Sri Lanka pick up two.
6.1
3
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Nicely played. Pushed into the off side by DC. Full and well outside off, Dinesh comes forward and gets his complete body weight behind the ball and drives it through the covers. A fielder gives chase and at the last moment, near the ropes, manages to push it back from going into the ropes. Three taken there.
5.6
1
Anrich Nortje to Dinesh Chandimal, Fullish length ball on middle, tickled down to fine leg for a single.
5.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Dinesh Chandimal, Length delivery outside off, left alone there.
5.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR OFF BYES! Quinton though applauds Nortje for that short ball. It was a bit too high and down the leg side, Dinesh Chandimal lets it be. De Kock jumps at full stretch but cannot stop that and the ball goes down to the fine leg fence.
5.3
4
Anrich Nortje to Dinesh Chandimal, FOUR! Well played. Good soft hands from Chandimal. Good length ball outside off, Dinesh Chandimal angles it between third and fourth slip and the ball races away to the third man boundary.
5.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Dinesh Chandimal, Full and outside off, Dinesh lets that one be.
5.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Good length ball outside off, dabbed to the off side. Kusal says 'ya, ya, ya' and takes a single.

The physio is out in the middle. There is some issue with his leg. He is getting a strapping on his pad.

4.6
2
Lungi Ngidi to Dinesh Chandimal, Full delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.

Dinesh Chandimal walks out to the middle now.

4.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Mendis, OUT! CAUGHT! Ngidi gets his second and Sri Lanka are in trouble here! Good length delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards first slip where Rassie van der Dussen takes a good catch.
4.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Mendis, Back of a length on middle, Mendis looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It lands safely towards point.
4.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Mendis,  BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Mendis looks to defend but misses it.
4.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis defends it to covers.
4.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Mendis, Length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
3.6
4
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Third boundary of the over! Full delivery on off, Perera drives it through covers for a boundary.
3.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Back of a length on middle, Perera pushes it to mid on.
3.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on off, Perera blocks it off the front foot.
3.3
4
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Good shot! Full delivery on middle, Perera flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
3.2
4
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Terrific shot! Length ball on off, Perera punches it through point for a boundary.
3.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Perera looks to defend but misses it.

Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in.

2.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, OUT! BOWLED! Ngidi strikes! Full delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses it and gets bowled. It hits the off stump. That ball kept low there.
2.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot.
2.4
4
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR! Good shot! Length delivery on off, Karunaratne pushes it through mid off for a boundary.
2.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Length ball outside off, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
2.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Short and outside off, Karunaratne looks to cut but misses it.
2.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Length ball on off, Karunaratne blocks it off the front foot.
1.6
4
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Good shot! Full delivery on off, Perera drives it through covers for a boundary.
1.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Length delivery outside off, Perera pushes it to point.
1.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Back of a length on off, Kusal keeps it out.
1.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on off, Perera defends it off the front foot.
1.2
0
Anrich Nortje to Kusal Perera, Down the leg side, Perera leaves it alone.
1.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Dimuth Karunaratne, Back of a length on middle, Karunaratne flicks it towards fine leg for a single.

Anrich Nortje to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, A dot to finish then. Length ball angled into middle and leg, tucked to short leg safely.
0.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on middle and leg, Kusal Perera looks to play at that one but ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads.
0.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Good length ball around off, Perera looks to play at it but misses and gets hit high on his pads.
0.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Fullish and on the pads, Kusal looks to play at it but misses and gets hit high on the pads.
0.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Kusal Perera, Good length ball on off, blocked.
0.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to Dimuth Karunaratne, Good length ball on middle, flicked to deep backward square leg for a single.

We are all set to begin Sri Lanka's second innings. The South African players are out in the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera will open the innings for Sri Lanka. Lungi Ngidi will start the proceedings for South Africa.