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Dale Steyn gets a nick and Rangana Herath gets his man. Wicketkeeper Dickwella takes a smart catch and Sri Lanka are in huddle and celebrating like they have already won the game. What a game!
OUT! D Steyn c Dickwella b Herath 6(28)
There is some pace on in the form of Suranga Lakmal and these are nervy times. Around 15 overs left in the day’s play and the blocks still continue. There is a vociferous appeal from Herath and co for an LBW shot off Dale Steyn. The decision is reviewed and is declared not out.
Towards the end of the day’s play and Dilruwan Perera dismisses JP Duminy. It looked plumb. South Africa took the review and it is declared out. It was pitching in line and its nailbiting time with only a few overs to go.
JP Duminy lbw b Perera 3(65),
JP Duminy has followed the path of the people who played earlier. Rain is coming down heavily in Colombo and the covers are on. The supporters and the Sri Lankan players wear a despondent look.
It is the prized scalp of marathon man Faf du Plessis and Rangana Herath it is! Mahela Jayawardene takes the catch at first slip. Its his 200th catch too.
OUT! F du Plessis c Jayawardene b Herath 10(49)
Dilruwan Perera gets the prize scalp and Amla is distraught. The long walk back starts. The South African captain gets an edge and is safely taken by Mahela Jayawardene.
OUT! H Amla c Jayawardene b Perera 24(146),
This is been a marathon effort from Amla and he has been holding fort at one end. Du Plessis will be proud of his captain’s feats and they need to bat out another session. The pitch is still turning wickedly.
What drama here. First, Rangana Herath dismisses AB de Villiers with an absolute peach and then new man Faf du Plessis is adjudged leg before. South Africa opted for a review and replays showed that it was missing the leg-stump by a mile. Its relief in the South African camp.
OUT! AB de Villiers b Herath 12(67)
De Villiers – Rock, Amla- Hard Rock. Sri Lankans are trying everything here and it is not paying off. The pitch is turning wildly.
Angelo Mathews dropped a catch at gully. The ball takes the toe edge of Amla’s bats, bobs in the air and the Sri Lankan captain makes a desperate dive. He gets his hands on it but grasses it. Oh dear, how costly will it turn out to be. Apart from that, there is a lot of pin and spinners are bowling in tandem. Its a question of concentration more than technique for the two of the best in this generation.
In 22 Overs, just 21 runs have come in the session. World Class batsmen, Class bowlers and fielders around the bat. Its a game of chess here and the duo are teaching a masterclass in defending.
Herath and Perera are rushing through their overs at breakneck speed. De Kock and Amla and up to the task and are thwarting everything that is thrown at them. There goes the reward. De kock gets a glove, the ball hits the pad and bubbles in the air and Vithanage takes a safe catch at backward short-leg.
OUT! Q De Kock c Vithanage b Herath 37(92)
As expected, South Africa trudge along like they can all pay tributes to Faf du Plessis. Amla was almost beaten by Herath’s off-spin and De Kock is solid and watchful. Spin is very much in play.
Play resumes after Lunch. Rangana Herath starts proceedings and the first ball beats Hashim Amla’s edge. Beautiful delivery. The second one is pitched slightly short and Amla punches it through extra cover for a boundary.
There is yet another rain delay and this time the drizzle is heavier. Rain is what it is called in some parts of the world and we are going to go with that.
First over after Lunch and Dean Elgar is bowled! The left hander his beaten by the away spin. Perera was bowling over the wicket. It was identical to DeKock’s dismissal in the first innings. In comes the great man Hash.
OUT! D Elgar b Perera 13(65)
Fifteen minutes of play and the covers are on. South Africa have made a decent start and out of nowhere we saw the ground-staff running on the field with the covers.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo. Sri Lanka are hoping for a victory are they have set up a total of 369 for South Africa. At the end of Day Four, South Africa are 39 for one and have a long way to go if they are to save this game. However, the threat of rain looms large over this contest as the fourth day was curtailed due to some rain and bad light. We have to hope it is a full day’s play, so that we have a good contest on our hands.
I am R Vishal and will take you through the game. The decisive factor in this game should be spin. In the first innings, Hashim Amla stood tall, but the Sri Lankan spinners were all over them, claiming nine out of the ten wickets to fall. Dilruwan Perera took his first five-for in Test cricket and Rangana Herath, as consistent as ever, took out four scalps to ensure a 139-run lead for Sri Lanka. Remember, Sri Lanka are 0-1 down in this series and they are the ones chasing victory. South Africa would of course look for a draw or victory.