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  • 9:08 PM IST

    Weather forecasts predict further rain interruptions on Day Three as well. Given the situation Sri Lanka are in, South Africa have ample time to bowl them out twice and win the series 3-0. Here’s the detailed Day 2 report: Sri Lanka look to avoid follow-on

  • 7:16 PM IST

    SL 70/4 | Trail by 356 | Mathews 6, Chandimal 0: Another one bites the dust. de Silves holes out straight to backward point. The fielder was specifically stationed for that. Sri Lanka in trouble. Can they avoid follow-on?

  • 7:06 PM IST

    SL 66/3 | Trail by 360 | de Silva 7, Mathews 4: Just when Mendis was looking good, Rabada gets the better of him with a mighty bouncer. In comes skipper Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka need a long partnership.

  • 6:56 PM IST

    SL 59/2 | Trail by 367 | Mendis 41, de Silva 4: Two fours in three deliveries. Olivier then drops him off his own bowling. He drops his first Test wicket off his own bowling.

  • 6:42 PM IST

    SL 47/2 | Trail by 379 | Mendis 33: Edged and gone. Same old story. Rabada strikes. Silva goes. Sri Lanka in trouble.

  • 6:35 PM IST

    Here is a detailed tea report: Hosts trail by 380 at tea

  • 6:24 PM IST

    SL 46/1 at tea | Trail by 380 | Silva 12, Mendis 33: Four fours and a six: Kusal Mendis has looked in a good touch so far. He needs to keep going and add a long partnership with Silva to stay on course. They now trail by 380.

  • 5:16 PM IST

    SL 0/1 | Trail by 426 | Silva 0: Karunaratne goes for duck. Philander draws first blood; takes only 4 balls to make inroads. Typical dismissal: edged and gone. Same old story. In the corridor of uncertainty: edged and gone.

  • 5:02 PM IST

    SA 426 | Amla 134, Duminy 155: That’s it. Kumara wraps up the South Africa batting. He as well as Pradeep take a four-for each to keep South Africa at bay on Day Two.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    SA 405/8 | de Kock 24, Parnell 12: Not much action. The partnership between de Kock and Parnell reads 26. Sri Lankans need to get rid of these two, before the total goes past 450. There’s bounce, swing, carry. It will be an uphill climb for them to reach South Africa’s score.

  • 3:26 PM IST

    SA 398/8 at lunch | de Kock 17, Parnell 12: Pradeep did not have a wicket to his name until South Africa were 4-down. He then dismissed Olivier, du Plessis, Amla and now Philander. Must say, impressive bowling display by the visitors. They were bogged down on Day One, but left no stones unturned to keep the in-form hosts at bay.

  • 2:41 PM IST

    Another one bites the dust. Bavuma goes for a 2-ball duck. Pradeep gets 2 in one over.

    Meanwhile, Amla 132*

    SA 364/6
  • 2:36 PM IST

    Sa 364/5 | Amla 132, Bavuma 0: Faf gets hit on his guts. Nasty blow. And then he departs. Pradeep angles it in, square Faf up, finds an outside edge. Mendis makes no mistake this time. In comes Temba Bavuma.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    Edged and dropped. Kusal Mendis drops du Plessis. South Africa would have been 5-down.

    Meanwhile, Amla 130*

  • 2:10 PM IST
    Night watchman Olivier does his job. Goes for 3. In comes skipper du Plessis.

    Meanwhile, Amla 130*

    SA 346/4
  • 1:51 PM IST

    Meanwhile…

  • 1:50 PM IST

    “Lakmal jabs one back in. Catches Amla by surprise. Amla, like always, smiles, still dropping his wrist.”

  • 1:47 PM IST

    Sa 340/3 | Amla 126, Olivier 1: Lakmal bowls outside off. Amla leaves. Mathews bowls outside off. Amla leaves more. He seems to be in no hurry. He wants to bat, just like we did when we were kids (or when we were wanna-be cricketers). But like then, this isn’t greed. This is hunger to score more and more runs. This is Amla. Be like Amla.

  • 1:34 PM IST

    Shakib hit a double-ton in New Zealand. Pakistan, against Australia, have started their chase. Mumbai, in Ranji Trophy, are going great guns. And Hashim Amla, playing his 100th Test, has already hit a 100, looking good for a big score. However, there are chances of rain spoiling the game, today as well as tomorrow. Hence, South Africa need to up the ante. Maybe send QdK to score some quick runs if they are to whitewash the Sri Lankans.

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Good Morning/Afternoon, Goeie môre, ගුඩ් දහවල්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of Day Two of the third and final Test of the ongoing series between South Africa and Sri Lanka. I am Kaustubh Mayekar and will bring you the live cricket updates from this Test. A dominant South Africa, led by Faf du Plessis, look set to inflict a whitewash. Sri Lanka still have pride to play for and they find themselves playing the catch up game despite winning the first session. South Africa were 338 for 3 at stumps on Day One courtesy a record 292-run stand between Hashim Amla (125*) and JP Duminy (155).

The Wanderers Test marks Amla’s 100th Test and he became only the eighth cricketer to slam a hundred on this occasion. Amla finally ended one of the longest droughts in his career after going 7 Tests and 13 innings without scoring a century and not reaching a fifty in his previous 10 innings. South Africa should look to capitalise on the start. With Amla still at the crease at 125 not out and the likes of Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander to come, South Africa would eye batting Sri Lanka out of the Test. They would at least look to eye a score in range of 600 before unleashing their pace quartet.

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

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who got off to a good start squandered the early advantage after dropping Amla when he was on 5. As the pitch softened up, their pacers struggled to replicate the fineness of morning session. With conditions expected to be overcast and with enough juice on the surface, the Lankan bowlers should aim to take early advantage.

As of now, South Africa are cruising towards another Test victory unless some inspiring show from Sri Lanka ends up making a difference.