Live Updates

  • 8:58 PM IST

    It’s STUMPS.

    South Africa 338 for 3.
    Amla batting on 125 and debutant Oliver is at the non-strikers end.
    Complete domination, South Africa
  • 8:53 PM IST

    JP Duminy finally falls but not before he has scored 155. This 292-run stand is South Africa’s highest against Sri Lanka for any wicket.

    OUT! JP Duminy c Kusal Mendis b Thilan Kumara 155 (221)
  • 8:48 PM IST
  • 8:46 PM IST

    A brilliant late cut gets Duminy to his 150. 2 slips and a gully and Duminy still finds a gap.

  • 8:22 PM IST
    Another Test slipping away from Sri Lanka. They haven’t been batted well. An innings defeat? Sri Lanka will hope for a change in fortune like Amla’s

  • 8:03 PM IST
  • 8:02 PM IST
    An illustrious list…

  • 8:00 PM IST
    Cricket South Africa, are you listening? Selectors?

  • 7:54 PM IST

    Amla becomes the the eighth cricketer to score a hundred in his 100th Test. What a way to bring it. Steps out to Herath and boom, FOUR.

  • 7:53 PM IST
    That’s it. Hashim Amla’s 26th hundred comes in his 100th Test. What a knock!
  • 7:31 PM IST
    Mighty Hash is on 92…

  • 7:23 PM IST
    No, Amla does not. Amla is on his way to become the eighth batsman to score hundred in 100th Test. Ponting scored hundreds in both innings.

  • 7:19 PM IST
    Sri Lanka have once again given away the early advantage. Now this will be an Amla show from hereon.

  • 7:11 PM IST
    The Mighty Hash is back! Another glorious square-drive.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    Beautiful drive. There’s a hug. He has found his rhythm. Hashim Amla is on a rampage.

  • 7:04 PM IST
    A fine pull from Duminy takes him to 111.

  • 6:52 PM IST

    Glorious drive. Brilliant from Amla. Can Amla reach the three-figure now?

  • 6:50 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 219 for 2 (58.5) | Hashim Amla 62 (118), JP Duminy 101 (141: And a controlled innings by Duminy and he has got to his 6th century. First a fifty by Ashwin and now Duminy’s century. South Africa are once again in command of the situation. South Africa have gone past the 200-run mark.

  • 6:36 PM IST

    Play resumes after tea.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 193 for 2 (55) | Hashim Amla 50 (109), JP Duminy 87 (127): After a long wait, Hashim Amla gets to his fifty on his 100th Test. A fighter innings for by Amla. He gets his 1st fifty after 12 innings. Worth all the applause. Meanwhile, Duminy is on 87, approaching his century. South Africa head to tea-break at 193 for 2

  • 5:44 PM IST

    This has been a grinding sort of an innings from Amla. He lunges forward and strokes through cover for a boundary. This has to be one of the best shots of the day.

  • 5:31 PM IST

    Duminy, Amla complete a century stand. Even the woefully out-of-form Amla is beginning to look good.

  • 5:21 PM IST

    Rangana Herath is into the attack. Three runs from the over. South Africa have steadily gained upper hand in the contest.

  • 5:14 PM IST

  • 4:53 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 116 for 2 (34) | Hashim Amla 52 (64), JP Duminy 10 (46): Thick edge and FOUR. Duminy gets to his fifty. Brilliant exhibition of batting it has been. He has led South Africa’s fightback with an array of exquisite strokes. This is his ninth Test fifty.

  • 4:38 PM IST
    Duminy has moved to 43. The partnership to 55. He is looking in a sublime touch.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    Duminy’s straight driving has been fantastic. We saw another empathic stroke in the last over. Meanwhile, there are clouds hovering over and Sri Lanka are unhappy with the ball again.

  • 3:58 PM IST

    You can read my Hashim Amla article on why he is the quintessential template of excellence.

  • 3:33 PM IST

    It is lunch on Day One. Sri Lanka bowled very well. SA are 79 for 2. Amla and Duminy survive a difficult session.

South Africa have won the series 2-0 already © Getty Images
South Africa have won the series 2-0 already © Getty Images

Good Morning/Afternoon, Goeie môre, ගුඩ් දහවල්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Day One of the third and final Test of the ongoing series between South Africa and Sri Lanka. I am Suvajit Mustafi and will bring bring you the live updates from this Test. A dominant South Africa, led by Faf du Plessis,  are all set to take on visitors Sri Lanka as the two lock horns at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on Thursday. The match will more be of a fight of pride for the Lankans, who have conceded the series 0-2 after going down in Cape Town. South Africa meanwhile will look forward for another 3-0 whitewash to maintain their good form in whites.

South Africa won both the matches with entire dominance, despite the absence of two of the big names, Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers. The top and middle-order contributed well to put up competitive scores on the board while the Sri Lanka batsmen found it difficult to survive the South Africa pace-attack. Coming off a 206-run victory in the first Test at Durban, the hosts were confident ahead of the second Test at Cape Town. Twin tons from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock took their first innings score to 392 and later, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada ran through the Lankan batting, bowling them out for 110. South Africa batted once again, declaring innings with 224 for 7, taking a gigantic 506-run lead. Sri Lanka, in reply, could only replicate South Africa’s second-innings score, handing the hosts a 282-run victory.

Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Johannesburg

However, there have been positives for Sri Lanka in the series, the biggest being Lahiru Kumara. Kumara has been one of the most successful with the ball while Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep did their part as well. Sri Lanka’s top-order has comparatively underperformed and with the final match at hand, they will be expected to bring a change in the scenario.

Teams:

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.

Full Cricket Scorecard and ball by ball commentary: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Johannesburg