Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images (FIle Photo)
Jul 24, 2014
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The new ball has been taken by South Africa. Jayawardene is cramping a little bit and Niroshan Dickwella has to take more strike here. Jayawardene is taking his time and working the strike over. He would now be eyeing the end of day’s play so that he can go and put his feet up in the dressing room. And meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s 3000 is up.
Kithruwan Vithanage is gone. Morne Morkel has a wicket as AB de Villiers takes the catch. vithanage had just started to get going as he smashed a six off Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka are taking it easy now. Kithruwan Vithanage is taking his time in the middle and even Jayawardene is just letting it go through. This is now moving very slow as it is now very dull in the middle.
Kithriwan Vithanage has now gotten off the mark and then Steyn roughs him up with a short ball. Mahela Jayawardene is guiding the innings and is continuing to pile on that already impressive record at the SSC.
Mahela and Mathews keep scoring at will against the likes of Tahir, Elgar, Duminy and Philander. Jayawardene seems almost bored with the proceedings. OH THERE WE GO! Against the run of play, JP finds Mathews’ outside edge. Too close to cut, and Mathews departs for a well-compiled 63.
OUT! A Mathews 63(135) c de Kock b Duminy
Angelo Mathews has now got his half-century. He continues his great run of form this year. Plus, the 100-run stand is also up. This partnership is going from strength to strength.
Mahela Jayawardene gets his 11th Test ton at SSC. He has been terrific on the day and has taken Sri Lanka to 212 for three. This is a good recovery after Sri Lanka were 115 for three.
Mahela Jayawardene dances down the track and lofts Imran Tahir for a six. Jayawardene is now in the 80s and is closing in on that ton. It would be no surprise if he scores a ton here at the SSC.
Sri Lanka are now in a good spot. Jayawardene has now shouldered responsibility and Mathews is also getting going. This pair is batting with assured confidence. The run-rate is above four now.
Sri Lanka have moved very well after lunch and are now closing in on 150. Mahela Jayawardene is now in the 60s. Mathews is as solid as ever. Sri Lanka need this pair to go on to construct a big partnership.
JP Duminy now to continue, he replaces the struggling Tahir. OH HE’S GONE! Duminy flights one outside off, Silva has a hard swipe at it and gets the outside edge. AB at slip swallows it up comfortably, that’s the end of a good-looking innings. Skipper Angelo Mathews comes in and faces four balls before lunch. Sri Lanka end the session at 115 for three.
OUT! Silva 44(73) c AB de Villiers b JP Duminy
Mahela Jayawardene gets his half-century. Another 50 for him at this ground. This has come in quick time. Only 58 balls. South Africa would be a bit worried as the spinners are not performing well.
Imran Tahir comes on and is smashed for boundaries by Kaushal Silva. He is allowed Silva the opportunity to play it through the leg-side. Plus, Jayawardene is now getting into good rhythm. Remember, which wicket we are playing on! He first glides a short one from Morkel over the slips for a four and then works one through mid-wicket for a couple.
Spin is on at Colombo. Sri Lanka are now moving at a much better rate. Duminy has also come on and he bowled a full toss, which was pulled by Silva for a four. This will help Sri Lanka settle down. It was a trial by pace earlier, but spit is their zone.
Sri Lanka are now moving slow after the early strikes. Mahela Jayawardene and Kaushal Silva are batting with caution. There haven’t been any chances given in the last few overs. Morne Morkel has also been brought into the bowling attack. Both batsmen are now watchful and now drinks are being taken.
Jayawardene has started off well. He flicks Steyn for a four through mid-wicket. But later, Silva gets a life as he edged one to second slip, but was dropped by Alviro Peterson. He went the other way and dropped it.
Dale Steyn you beauty! On dead subcontinental tracks as well, he can make it talk. This ball is a bit short, but surprises Upul Tharanga for pace. He tries to sway out of the way and fend it at the same time. Instead, he only gets a glove to it and it is taken by the wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Kumar Sangakkara is walking out not. And guess what, he is gone as well. Sangakkara is surprised first ball as it was short and he is is caught at square-leg
OUT! Tharanga 11(16) Sangakkara 0(1)
Sri Lanka have started off decently. Tharanga had smashed Steyn in the first over for a four. Kaushal Sillva is cautious and is watching the line of the ball.
An upbeat South Africa will look to carry their winning momentum in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday, and break a 21-year-old jinx on the island. The Proteas, the current world number two, have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 when they first toured the country and beat the hosts 1-0.
On their next three tours, they won one Test while losing two series and drawing one. But a new dawn seems to be beckoning for the visitors after they won the first Test in Galle on Sunday by 153 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, and hand Hashim Amla a winning start to his captaincy.
“Not many teams have come here and won a Test series so it’s obviously on the back of our minds,” said Amla, the first non-white player to lead South Africa in a full-time capacity. Amla, 31, was named captain last month following the retirement of Graeme Smith who led the Proteas in a record 109 Tests. Amla’s debut leadership was unconventional and daring, evident in the way he declared the innings at tea on the fourth day rather than take the safer option of batting out the last session.
It meant the hosts needed to score 370 runs in four sessions to win the match. At one point, it appeared the game was slipping away from South Africa but fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel ripped through the top order on the fifth morning to ensure a well-deserved win.
Steyn will again be crucial at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club ground, where South Africa won by an innings and 208 runs in 1993 thanks to fast bowlers Allan Donald and Brett Schultz. Hi I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and I am going to bringing you Live Updates of the match today.