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  • 9:34 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 240/5 , Angelo Mathews 58*, de Silva 9*| To win 488 | : STUMPS – Mathews and de Silva survived final few over with the new ball without any more casualties for their side. Sri Lanka going into stumps are 240 for 5 needing more 248 runs to win, while South Africa need 5-wickets to go 1-0 up in the series.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 225/5 , Angelo Mathews 52, de Silva 0*| To win 488 | : OUT! Maharaj gets his second wicket in his 23rd over. super long by Maharaj. Chandimal tyring to go over the top perishes. FIFTY up for Angelo Mathews; his 26th in Tests. This has been a captain’s innings for Mathews. 50 in 93-balls.

  • 8:45 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 211/4 , Angelo Mathews 40*, Dinesh Chandimal 6*| To win 488 | : POOR CRICKET BY SOUTH AFRICA ALL AROUND; dropped catches and missed run outs. Maharaj could have had Chandimal for 3 if not for Stephen
    Cook, who dropped a sitter at mid off; comedy of errors in the middle. The earlier
    ball could have had Mathews run out if not for a poor throw.

  • 8:39 PM IST

  • 8:14 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 193/4 , Angelo Mathews 29*, | To win 488 | :OUT! Just when things were looking down hill for South Africa Kagiso Rabada manages to gets Mendis’s wicket. Poor shot by Mendis , trying to upper cut the ball. Mendis only managed to hand a simple catch into the hands of keeper for 58 runs.

  • 7:51 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 182/3 , Angelo Mathews 25*, Kusal Mendis 51*| To win 488 | : Fifty for Kusal Mendis; his third in Test cricket. This is been a smooth innings by Mendis, he has managed to play with complete ease against South Africa’s aggression. South Africa have been relentless with Keshav Maharaj who is on the look out for more wickets, while bowling their fast bowlers in short bursts.

  • 7:20 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 143/3 , Angelo Mathews 8*, Kusal Mendis 30*| To win 488 | : After the wicket of Silva, things have died down. Mathews and Mendis have managed to survive the war path. Mendis in particular has been more positive against the South African bowlers.

  • 7:05 PM IST

  • 6:55 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 118/3 , Angelo Mathews 0*, Kusal Mendis 14*| To win 488 | : OUT! Kagiso Rabada does the trick for South Africa gets the priced wicket of Kaushal Silva. Silva trying to fend the ball misses it completely and had it hit just above the knee roll. Silva departed for 118-ball 48. Angelo Mathews is out in the middle.

  • 6:31 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 118/2 , Kusal Mendis 14*, Kaushal Silva 48*| To win 488 | : TEA- Silva and Mendis weathered out storm by Maharaj and Abbott to survive until tea with Sri Lanka on 118 for 2, needing 370 runs to win. Silva would eye his thirteenth Test half-century as well in the final session.

  • 6:18 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 106/2 , Kusal Mendis 9*, Kaushal Silva 41*| To win 488 | : Both Silva and Mendis have been able to take Sri Lanka into tea with only 2-wickets down. Silva in particular is looking settled in the middle and eyes a half-century. Mendis has shown clear intent of not bottling down.

  • 5:46 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 93/2 , Kusal Mendis 0*, Kaushal Silva 37*| To win 488 | : OUT! Kusal Perera comes and goes back into the pavilion in no time. Perera trying to cut the ball got only a thick edge straight into the hands of Quinton de Kock. Poor batting by Perera must say. Kusal Mendis is out int he middle.

  • 5:35 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 87/1 , Kusal Perera 0*, Kaushal Silva 37*| To win 488 | : OUT! JP Duminy provides the much needed breakthrought for South Africa. A bit of hesitation between the openers which costs Karunaratne his wicket for 43 runs. Kusal Perera is out in the middle.

  • 5:28 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 83/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 39* , Kaushal Silva 37*| To win 488 | : Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva have opened their arms and hit boundaries at will now. South African bowlers have been unlucky not to pick up any wicket. But as seen on this pitch one wicket could very well be followed by plenty.

  • 5:08 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 63/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 24* , Kaushal Silva 32*| To win 488 | : Rabada has managed to fire a few thunderbolts against Silva, who has played everything with a strong will. Karunaratne so far has managed to latch on any opportunity the bowlers have offered him to latch-on.

  • 4:50 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 49/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 17* , Kaushal Silva 29*| To win 488 | : South Africa have called in Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada to pick up wickets. This stand between Karunaratne and Silva is looking dangerous with no rewards yet tot he home side. Maharaj will be hopeful to pick up wicket with a bit of rough created just outside the off stump.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 34/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 10* , Kaushal Silva 21*| To win 488 | : Slowly but steadily Kaushal Silva is displaying his array of shots. His straight drive off Abbott was easily the shot of the day. Abbott and Philander has continued to bowl a mix of full and short pitched balls to both batsmen.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    Happy Birthday, David Boon!

  • 4:15 PM IST

    Read our LUNCH report here.

  • 4:14 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 30/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 10* , Kaushal Silva 17*| To win 488 | : Players are out in the middle for the post-lunch session. The South African’s look the more chirpy of the side, onus on Karunaratne and Silva to continue their defiance. Philander in the one over has managed to extract bounce from the track in his session.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 27/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 10* , Kaushal Silva 14*| To win 488 | : LUNCH – Sri Lankan openers ensured they went into lunch with all their wickets intact on 26 for no loss, still needing 461 runs to win. Both Karunaratne and Silva have looked steady and solid in parts. South Afirca would be a tad bit disappointed not to get a wicket in this session.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 10/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 4* , Kaushal Silva 4*| To win 488 | : Both batsmen now look well settled in the middle in chase of 488 runs. Rababa and Philander have bowled extremely tight lines. It is important that Sri Lanka go into lunch without any loss of a wicket.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 5/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 1* , Kaushal Silva 3*| To win 488 | : Both batsmen so far have managed punt out South African bowlers from taking a wicket. Silva so far has been nervous with Karunaratne looking overly defensive. Philander and Abbott have stuck to pretty tight lines so far.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 0/0 , Dimuth Karunaratne 0* , Kaushal Silva 0*| To win 488 | : Kasigo Rabada will look to improve from his show in the first innings where he picked just one solitary wicket. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Perera will want to provide Sri Lanka a steady start in chase of 488. For Sri Lanka Vernon Philander would be the danger man.

  • 2:20 PM IST

    South Africa 406/6 decl , Faf du Plessis 67*| lead 487 | : OUT! and as expected with the fall of a wicket Faf du PLessis decides to declare South Africa’s innings on 406/6 gaining a lead of 487 runs over Sri Lanka. Herath managed to clean up De Kock who was eying big runs. Du Plessis remained not out on 67. Sri Lanka will need 488 runs to win a highest ever at this ground. The previous was 271

  • 2:10 PM IST

    South Africa 400/5, Faf du Plessis 63*, Quinton de Kock 67 *| lead 482 | : Both batsmen are on the look out of quick runs as shown by de Kock. Also a probability is that both batsmen could eye their centuries. Sri Lanka have brought on their spinners in Rangana Herath and Dhananjaya de Silva.

  • 1:55 PM IST

    South Africa 374/5, Faf du Plessis 51*, Quinton de Kock 53 *| lead 452 | : FIFTIES for Du Plessis and De Kock. Du Plessis ninth in Test, while De Kock’s seventh. Aggressive play by de Kock so far. Du Plessis, well played skipper a calming knock from him. du Plessis has hit just 2 boundaries so far which is a rarity.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    South Africa 359/5, Faf du Plessis 43*, Quinton de Kock 46 *| lead 440| : Both bowlers have kept the line tight so far with the new ball tying up Du Plessis and De Kock. Both batsmen have shown intent to score big, while Angelo Mathews have looked to pick up wickets with all men at catching positions.

  • 1:33 PM IST

    South Africa 352/5, Faf du Plessis 41*, Quinton de Kock 43 *| lead 433| : As expected South Africa did not declare overnight and they have decided to play on. du Plessis and de Kock will want to bring up their respective fifties. Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera will look to pick early wickets with the new-ball.

  • 1:24 PM IST

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Good Morning, Goeie more, සුභ සන්ධ්යාවක්! Hello, and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Day Four of the first match of the three-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors Sri Lanka, at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. I am Vishal Mehra, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from today’s action. It was a roller coaster first two days but hosts South Africa have managed to firm their grips on the proceedings extending their lead to 432. Sri Lanka started the day at 181 for 7 with Dhananjaya de Silva going strong on 43.

He fell for his overnight score as the visitors managed to add another 24 runs handing South Africa an 81-run lead. Vernon Philander finished with 5 for 45, registering his 11th five-for in Test cricket. Kyle Abbott added 3 to his tally. South Africa did not capitalise on their good start in the first innings and surrendered to Suranga Lakmal’s brilliance. South African openers, however, stitched a century stand with Dean Elgar registering his second fifty of the game while Stephen Cook continued to cash-in on his sublime form, scoring his third Test ton — his third of the year. The flowing drives off Hashim Amla’s blade reassured his importance in the South African line-up. He was going almost at run-a-ball before Nuwan Pradeep trapped him for 48. Amla became the 10,000th LBW victim in Test cricket.

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South Africa scored at almost four and half an over. At stumps, the hosts finished with 351 for 5 with skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock going strong at 41 and 42 respectively. South Africa may eye to bat for another session before declaring and knowing du Plessis’ unique instincts; he may well enforce an overnight declaration. South Africa sniff a win but Sri Lanka have a reputation of being fighters. Another gripping day awaits Port Elizabeth.