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Jul 19, 2014
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It’s been a positive start by the Sri Lankans in their huge chase. Kumar Sangakkara has led the way with a superb half-century, and Silva has been impressive in his shot selection. South Africa would be a little disappointed as they could manage only one wicket in this session, and they have plenty of work to do on the final day. Sri Lanka need 260 more runs to win from 90 overs with nine wickets intact.
Kumar Sangakkara has completed his half-century as Sri Lanka are cruising at the moment. The two batsmen have added 88 runs for the second wicket, marking a strong comeback for Sri Lanka after the early loss of Upul Tharanga. Steyn in operation at the moment, let’s see if he can get a wicket or two in the dying moments of the day’s play.
Sri Lanka are batting without much trouble at the moment. They are not looking to attack, as losing too many wickets with one more day’s play left might put them under pressure.
Kumar Sangakkara and Kausal Silva have teamed up to bail Sri Lanka out of trouble. The track is assisting spinners more than the pacers, but Hashim Amla has persisted with the fast bowlers so far.
Dale Steyn you beauty! The South African pacer sends one across to left-handed opener from Sri Lanka, who drives but gets an edge. South Africa have struck early on in the innings and Sri Lanka are under tremendous pressure right now. Tharanga had just started to open up, and he is gone now.
OUT! U Tharanga c de Kock b Steyn 14(13)
South Africa have declared their innings. Sri Lanka chasing 370 runs to win.
Dilruwan Perera bags his fourth wicket in the game as Quinton de Kock gives a simple return catch to the bowler. Earlier, AB de Villiers had fallen to the same bowler after completing his half-century. It’s tea on Day 4 with South Africa ahead by 369 runs.
OUT! Q de Kock c&b Perera 36(40)
South Africa’s lead is past 300 runs now. It is likely that they will declare the innings past the tea break. Faf du Plessis may have fallen but AB de Villiers is nearing his half-century right now.
South Africa have lost Faf du Plessis. It pitched outside leg and then hit off-stump. A dream delivery for a left-arm spinner. No wonder Herath is celebrating big time. However South Africa have a huge lead and the track is turning sharply too. Danger time for Sri Lanka. De Kock the talented left-hander known for playing his shots is the new batsman who has come to crease for the Proteas.
Faf du Plessis b R Herath 37(78)
South Africa may have lost wickets but they still continue to remain in control of the game. Sri Lanka are trying hard to make further inroads, but de Villiers and du Plessis have batted well so far to thwart all challenges. South Africa lead by 282 runs now.
Dilruwan Perera strikes again as this time he gets rid of the dangerous Hashim Amla. The South African captain was looking to smash few quick runs, as he plays one with the turn towards midwicket. Upul Tharanga takes a good catch to send back the South African captain back in the hut.
OUT! H Amla c Tharanga b Perera 22(24)
South Africa have begun on a confident note post lunch, with Hashim Amla hitting a boundary each off Perera and herath. Lead is of 235 runs now.
Sri Lanka will be pleased with their efforts so far with the ball, but they have a huge task ahead of them. South Africa are 226 runs ahead and another 80-90 runs might push them out of contention. Stay tuned for updates post lunch.
Alviro Petersen is out after strong resistance. The Sri Lankans have been appealing excessively for anything that looks close. Dilruwan Perera beats the right-hander who had prodded forward in defence. The ball brushed the bat and despite reviewing it, he was out.
OUT! A Peterson c Chandimal b Perera 32(63)
South Africa are steady after their early loss in form of Dean Elgar. Francois du Plessis and Alviro Peterson have negated the Sri Lankan attack quite well and have taken their lead past 200.
There is the first breakthrough that Sri Lanka were looking for. Dean Elgar throws his bat at one that spun sharply in, took an inside edge and wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal grabbed a sharp catch off Rangana Herath to send back the batsman packing.
OUT! D Elgar c Chandimal b Herath 12(29)
Confident start by the South Africans as they tend to extend their lead i the second innings. Sri Lanka are trying to attack with spinners but so far they have not been able to make any breakthrough. South Africa’s lead is of 185 runs at the moment.
Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 292 in their first innings. AB de Villiers took a great catch at second slip to dismiss the tail-ender Rangana Herath. He flew in the air to take that catch. Morne Morkel was the one who dismissed him. South Africa are in command as they have got a huge lead. Now they will look to extend the lead and put Sri Lanka under pressure on the last day.
OUT! R Herath c AB de Villiers b M Morkel 19(61)
Hello and warm welcome to the the fourth day’s play of the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Galle. This is Devarchit Varma and I will be taking you through live updates for the day’s play. South Africa were in the ascendancy at the end of the third day’s play, as they lead the opposition ranks by 172 runs. Sri Lanka will resume the day’s play at 283 for the loss of nine wickets. On the third day, Dale Steyn starred for South Africa by taking a 5-for. He was superb throughout the day and bowled with fine control and good pace.
For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews continued to show good form by making 89. He has certainly been in the form of his life in recent times. He performed well in England and in the first Test he was again in the thick of things by notching up a fine half-century. Upul Tharanga, who is on a comeback trail also made a fine 83. Other than those two batsmen though, rest of them struggled to do well against Steyn and company.
Earlier, Dean Elgar notched up a fine century. Faf du Plesssis scored 80 and JP Duminy too made a hundred. For Sri Lanka, the spinners kept it tight. The seamers; especially Suranga Lakmal bowled well and took three wickets. Others too bowled with fine control. South Africa though, have the clear advantage going into the fourth day and they will look to extend that advantage by bowling out Sri Lanka extending the lead.
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