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  • 5:11 PM IST

    Meanwhile, there is an update on Kyle Abbott. He has quit international cricket to sign a Kolpak deal with English County side Hampshire. This was his last Test appearance for South Africa.

    That’s all from here, we shall see you in a week’s time when these two teams play the last Test at Johannesburg. Till ten, it’s goodbye from here!!

  • 5:09 PM IST

    Read the match report here:

  • 4:32 PM IST

    See Faf du Plessis talk about Kagiso Rabada at the post-match presser:

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  • 4:01 PM IST

    ‘Disappointing to lose after winning the toss’, says Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews at the post-match presentation ceremony.

  • 3:51 PM IST

    It was Philander who completed the win by removing Nuwan Pradeep, the last man. A South African win was always on the cards. But the Lankan fans must be disappointed by the way their side gave it away without putting up a fight. Kagiso ‘KG’ Rabada starred in the win with his figures of 10 for 92 in the Test.

  • 3:46 PM IST

    That’s it, all-over at Cape Town! South Africa have won the second Test by 282 runs and completed a series win.

  • 3:39 PM IST

  • 3:31 PM IST

    OUT! Lahiru Kumara st de Kock b Maharaj 9 (16)

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  • 3:29 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 201/8; Rangana Herath 26*, Lahiru Kumara 9*: Herath is playing an entertaining cameo here. He, along with Kumara, is delaying Sri Lanka’s defeat and trying to push the game to the post lunch session.

  • 3:03 PM IST

    This is getting over faster than we thought. Rabada is destroying the opposition with a classy display of fast bowling.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    OUT! Suranga Lakmal c de Kock b Rabada 10 (14)

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  • 2:51 PM IST

    This is getting over today, more so in the first session! Sri Lanka have lost their captain and are 7 down now. Kagiso Rabada has registered his 5th five-wicket haul in Tests.

    Over to the Lankan tail now, as Herath and Lakmal try to delay the inevitable.

  • 2:45 PM IST

    OUT! Angelo Mathews c de Kock b Rabada 49 (82)

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Sri Lanka slide further as Tharanga perishes. Not too sure what was going through his mind as he came with an attacking approach. Hit 3 fours and then chased a Rabada-delivery wide outside off stump and ended up giving a simple catch to de Kock, courtesy a faint edge.

  • 2:40 PM IST

  • 2:36 PM IST

    OUT! Upul Tharanga c de Kock b Rabada 12 (7)

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  • 2:29 PM IST

    Another loose dismissal for Chandimal. The ball was nowhere near being a wicket-taking delivery. It was evident as Rabada did not even celebrate the dismissal. Sri Lanka are inching closer to a big defeat. They are 157/5 at the moment, need another 350 runs. Tharanga has now joined Mathews.

  • 2:26 PM IST

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Cook b Rabada 30 (55)

  • 2:10 PM IST

    The play has resumed on the fourth day. It’s a bright sunny morning with Abbott starting the proceedings. Mathews and Chandimal have their task cut-out. The South African pacers will look to go for the kill.

  • 1:59 PM IST

    It will be interesting to see for how long Mathews & co. can resist against the likes of Rabada, Philander and Abbott.

    In some other part of world meanwhile, a new star is born. 17-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who is making his First-Class debut in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, is playing on 99*.

  • 1:55 PM IST

    We are just minutes away from the start of fourth day’s play!

  • 1:53 PM IST

    A warm welcome to all on the fourth, and possibly the final, day of the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Newlands in Cape Town. Hosts are in a commanding position at the moment as they just need 6 wickets to win this match. The tourists, on the other hand, are 377 runs away from victory having already lost their top-order.

    The two best batsmen — Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are out there in the middle and did put up a fight in the final hour’s play on Day Three. But with due respect to their abilities, only a miracle can save Sri Lanka now.

  • 1:49 PM IST

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Good Morning/Afternoon, Goeie môre, ගුඩ් දහවල්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of Day Four 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 Thursday. I am Chinmay Jawalekar, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from today’s action. The visitors face an uphill task as of now, as they they still need mammoth 377 runs to win this tie, and save themselves from the jaws of another series defeat. And with just six wickets remaining, chances look bleak for the visitors, while the hosts are certainly on a roll here.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who picked up 2 wickets on Day Three to restrict Sri Lanka to 130 for 4, said after match that South Africa would rely on the pace and bounce of the Newlands pitch when they press for a series-clinching win in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Day Four. Rabada took two wickets in successive overs to send the tourists plunging towards defeat. Set a massive 507 to win, Sri Lanka were 130 for 4 at the end of the third day on Wednesday. As in the first innings, the 21-year-old Rabada made a crucial breakthrough to end some stubborn Sri Lankan resistance.

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

South Africa declared their second innings on 224 for 7 in mid-afternoon. Opening batsman Dean Elgar hit a half-century to add to his first innings hundred, while fast bowler Suranga Lakmal restored some pride for the tourists, taking 4 for 69 and ensuring that South Africa did not bat with complete freedom as they sought to set up the declaration.


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