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Jul 20, 2014
Sri Lanka go into the final day’s play against South Africa at Galle needing 260 more runs to win. It would be a great victory if they chase down the target of 370 runs. Kumar Sangakkara is looking in fine touch on a turning track and will be expected to carry on the good form on the final day of the Test match. For South Africa, Imran Tahir has to make early inroads on a track that is suited to his style of bowling. JP Duminy also will have a part to play with his off-spin.
Earlier, Hashim Amla, the South African captain declared the innings with South Africa’s reading as 206 for the loss of six wickets. It was a bold decision taken by the new South African captain. South Africa had bowled out Sri Lanka for a score of 292 runs to take a lead of 163 runs after the respective sides played out their first innings. It was Dale Steyn, who was the wrecker in chief by taking five wickets.
Morne Morkel, the towering giant of a pacer supported the swing-king well. On the final day, it should turn out to be a close contest on a track that is offering sharp turn. However, the question mark still remains as to whether South Africa can win on the back of Tahir and Duminy doing well. Tahir, certainly needs to come to the party on this track for South Africa to win only their third Test match on Sri Lankan soil.
South Africa 455 for 9 decl. (Dean Elgar 103, Faf du Plessis 80, JP Duminy 100*; Dilruwan Perera 4 for 162, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 75) & 206 for 6 decl. (AB de Villiers 51; Dilruwan Perera 4 for 79, Rangana Herath 2 for 84) lead Sri Lanka 292 (Upul Tharanga 83, Lahiru Thirimanne 38, Angelo Mathews 89; Dale Steyn 5 for 54) & 110 for 1 (Kausal Silva 37*, Kumar Sangakkara 58*; Dale Steyn 1 for 18) by 260 runs.
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