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  • 12:19 AM IST

    Read the DAY 3 REPORT here

  • 9:14 PM IST

  • 9:11 PM IST

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Meanwhile, we bring to you a massive news

    MS Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain. He shall, however, be available for selection in both the formats.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    In case you missed the action from second session of the day, here are the highlights:

  • 9:01 PM IST

    100 up for Sri Lanka! Dinesh Chandimal gets a boundary through covers to bring his team’s 100. Sri Lanka are 103/4; Mathews 17*, Chandimal 14*; still need 404 runs to win.

  • 8:34 PM IST

    Poor from Dhananjaya de Silva, and even Angelo Mathews, as they decide against reviewing. The ball was missing leg. Rabada gets his second and Sri Lanka slide further. They are now 69/4; still require 438.

    Dinesh Chandimal has joined Mathews now.

  • 8:30 PM IST

    OUT! Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b Rabada 22 (42)

  • 8:24 PM IST

    Just when it looked like a partnership was building, Kaushal Silva fell to a soft dismissal. The partnership lasted for 41 runs. Skipper Angelo Mathews is the new man in. Sri Lanka staring at a huge defeat as of now.

  • 8:22 PM IST

  • 8:20 PM IST

    OUT! Kaushal Silva c Cook b Rabada 29 (71)

  • 8:13 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 62/2, Kaushal Silva 29*, Dhananjaya de Silva 18*; need 445 more to win.

    After losing two quick wickets, the Sri Lankan duo of Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva is building a partnership and leading a recovery of sorts. The two have added 37 so far for the third wicket and are looking good at the moment. Sri Lanka will need these two to stay till the end of the day and then take it from there on Day Four.

  • 7:49 PM IST

  • 7:47 PM IST

    Dhananjaya de Silva smacks Keshav Maharaj for a six over long-on and brings up his team’s 50!

  • 7:35 PM IST

  • 7:26 PM IST

    Sri Lanka have got the worst possible start in chase of mammoth 507. After losing Karunaratne just before tea, they have lost Kusal Mendis just at the beginning of the final session. Kaushal Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva are out there in the middle. Sri Lanka 32/2; Silva 18*, de Silva 3*.

  • 7:23 PM IST

    OUT! Kusal Mendis c Elgar b Philander 4 (12)

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  • 7:16 PM IST

    Read the TEA REPORT here

  • 7:15 PM IST

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  • 7:14 PM IST

    OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne b Philander 6 (19)

  • 7:14 PM IST

    The declaration has arrived. Sri Lanka need 507 to win the 2nd Test in just over 7 sessions.

  • 7:14 PM IST

  • 7:14 PM IST

    Meanwhile, in case you missed the action from the first session, check the highlights here:

  • 7:13 PM IST

    South Africa have lost QDK, who was looking to score quickly. They are now 197/7; leading by 479 at the moment. Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander are out there in the middle.

  • 7:13 PM IST

    OUT! Quinton de Kock c Chandimal b Kumara 29 (24)

  • 7:13 PM IST

    Du Plessis became Lakmal’s fourth victim. But he Protea captain ensured
    the lead went past 450 before going back. Quinton de Kock is playing his
    shots at the moment and collecting some quick runs.

  • 7:12 PM IST

    OUT! Faf du Plessis c Chandimal b Lakmal 41 (61)

  • 7:12 PM IST

    Bavuma was unfortunate. He played one towards mid-off and sprinted for a
    single. In anticipation of a throw, he dived early, which forced his
    bat off the ground after hitting it. The bat was in the air when the
    ball hit the stumps and he has to walk back. This tweet quite sums it

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Good Morning/Afternoon, Goeie môre, ගුඩ් දහවල්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of Day Three of the ongoing second of the three-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors Sri Lanka, at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday. I am Chinmay Jawalekar, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from today’s action. As of now, South Africa are in a good state. Although, they have denied themselves from inflicting a follow-on over the visitors, they stand in a commanding position now, with a heavy 317-run lead. As for Lanka, they really have some uphill task to do at the moment.

After dominating the first day’s play, South Africa consolidated their position in the second Test against Sri Lanka with a resounding performance with both bat as well as ball on Day Two. The second day’s play on Tuesday at Cape Town saw as many as 14 wickets tumble, with South Africa ending their first innings on 392 — thanks to hundreds from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock — and then bundling out Sri Lanka for 110 in their first innings. Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took 4 wickets apiece to script the Lankan downfall.

Live Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Cape Town

At the close of play, South Africa scored 35 without loss to extend their overall lead by 317 runs with all 10 wickets intact. The hosts are thus well placed for a big win in the Test, as three days’ play is yet to take place. On Day Three, South Africa will like to assess the situation going forward and decide what sort of target they need to set for Sri Lanka.

SA vs SL, 2nd Test: Philander in support of batting again


South Africa: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara.

Live Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Cape Town