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Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Colombo: Ab de Villiers’s press conference

Jul 27, 2014

In this video Ab de Villiers is speaking to the reporters about how Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews struck half-centuries as Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 229 for 8 to set South Africa a target of 369 on Sunday, on the fourth day of the series-deciding second Test at Colombo.

The day started with Upul Tharanga in full cry and the southpaw played some crisp strokes down the ground in the first hour of the day’s play to frustrate the South Africans. Dale Steyn then ended Tharanga’s cameo by inducing an edge of the toe end of his bat. Sangakkara also wasted no time in getting off the blocks and Kaushal Silva was playing one of his typical gutsy innings, lending good support to his senior partner. Silva smashed Morne Morkel for a couple of boundaries, but the lanky pacer had his revenge in the next over. Silva was outfoxed by a slow delivery and Vernon Philander took a smart catch at gully, diving forward and latching on to the looping ball.

South Africa dropped anchor and blocked out the early overs with Sri Lankan spinners probing and smelling blood. Herath induced a top edge of Alviro Petersen’s bat for a 25-ball duck. Quinton de Qock, promoted at No 3 showed no signs of nerves and kept the scoreboard ticking along before a third interruption in the day’s play forced the fielders to go back in the hut.

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