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Stumps on Day 2. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have to battle out the Lankan spinners on Day 3 in order to swing the match in their favour.
Hashim Amla gets closer to his 28th half-century as the second day comes to a close.
Suranga Lakmal finally gets the much-needed breakthrough and brings an end to the dangerous-looking partnership which was worth 58 and was beginning to turn the favour towards the visitors. du Plessis departs after playing a slow knock of 36 runs off 109 balls at a strike rate of 33.02. First Test catch for debutante Niroshan Dickwella who took a stunning one-handed grab.
OUT! Faf du Plessis 36(109) c Dickwella b Lakmal
Suranga Lakmal comes in to bowl after fourteen overs overs of spin.
With a run rate of 1.45, the Proteas don’t look like they are going to reach 100 at stumps. They haven’t lost a wicket for the last 22 overs.
Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera now have identical figures of 8-4-10-1.
The visitors are progressing at a snail’s pace as the Lankan spinners are doing a great job of stemming the flow of runs. The aim for du Plessis and Amla right now is to remain unbeaten till stumps.
End of the second session of play. Faf du Plessis is the visiting batsman who has shown any resistance so far, with two boundaries and a six as the Lankan spinners have caused a lot of early damage.
Things look shaky now for South Africa as they lose their second wicket with a mere 13 runs on board. Elgar deflects the ball onto his pads, which then changes direction towards Kausal Silva’s palms.
OUT! Dean Elgar 1(22) c Silva b Perera
Faf du Plessis hits the first six of the South African innings, though the visitors slowly proceding at the moment. Less than half an hour left for the Tea break to be called.
Faf du Plessis walks in to bat after Petersen pushes a full-pitched delivery from Herath back to the bowler.
OUT! Alviro Peterson 2(10) c & b Herath
The Proteas walk out to bat after dismissing Sri Lanka for 421.
The Sri Lankan innings comes to an end, with Lakmal knicking the ball to the keeper immediately after dispatching Philander for a boundary.
OUT! Suranga Lakmal 4(4) c de Kock b Philander
Sri Lanka losing wickets at an alarming pace. The South Africans have made a great comeback post lunch. Mendis attempts to cut a bouncy delivery from Philander, but only manages to knick it to the keeper. The Lankans decide to go for the review, but to no avail.
OUT! Ajantha Mendis 2(11) c de Kock b Philander
Another risky single gone bad. A short-pitched delivery from Morkel deflects from Herath and rolls towards the keeper, who promptly picks it up and throws it towards the stumps. Dickwella well short of the crease. Fantastic start to one’s Test career though!
OUT! Niroshan Dickwella 72(116) run out (de Kock)
Perera after attempting a big hit off Imran Tahir, which only resulted in a simple catch for Hashim Amla
OUT! Dilruwan Perera 12 (41) c Amla b Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka have reached 400 for the loss of six wickets minutes after the resumption of play after lunch. The hosts will now hope for a partnership to blossom between Dickwella and Perera for them to be in complete charge of the final test.
With Lunch being declared anytime now, Dale Steyn has been reintroduced into the attack.
Mahela Jayawardene’s stellar innings finally comes to an end after being run-out by a brilliant direct-hit from Alviro Petersen. Dilruwan Perera comes to the middle.
OUT! Mahela Jayawardene 165(284) run out (Petersen)
Sri Lanka are having a comfortable run at the moment, with the partnership betweenm Jayawardene and Dickwella nearly touching a 100 runs now. Half an hour to go before the umpires call for Lunch.
Niroshan Dickwella completes a half-century on debut. Hits Morne Morkel through mid-on to take three runs and bring up his milestone. Partnership now worth 75 runs from 127 balls.
Mahela Jayawardene has completed 150 runs from 244 balls. The partnership between Jayawardene and Dickwella has now reached 53 runs and with two set batsmen at the crease, the hosts are targetting a total of 500.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo. On Day One, Mahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th Test ton, his 11th at this venue and took Sri Lanka to a good position at 305 for five. On a good batting track, the South African bowling attack did have its moments and they took five wickets. Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers and he picked two early wickets to stun Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara, who has been in imperious form for some time, was dismissed first ball when Steyn bowled a short ball and he couldn’t pull it. But the calm of Jayawardene helped them overcome the tough moments and go on to post a good total.
Jayawardene is batting on 140 and has a few double tons at this ground already. Will he push for another one today? Giving him company in the middle is Niroshan Dickwella, the young wicketkeeper-batsman, who is making his Test debut in this game. They will face a South African bowling attack that would like to take early wickets. There is a good contest in store for b0th sides and one to look forward to. I am Amit Banerjee and will take you through the day’s proceedings.