South Africa lose Graeme Smith early in run chase

South Africa need 364 runs to win the second Test at Durban Getty Images

Durban: Dec 29, 2011

Sri Lankan fast bowler Dilhara Fernando claimed the key wicket of Graeme Smith as South Africa started their pursuit of a world record fourth innings winning total on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Thursday.

Set to make 450 to win, South Africa were 86 for one at lunch, still 364 runs short of the target.

South African captain Smith, with a record of four centuries in winning fourth innings Test chases, and fellow left-hander Jacques Rudolph made a confident start.

They put on 37 for the first wicket before Fernando, bowling as first change, surprised Smith with a sharply lifting delivery, which looped off the shoulder of his bat to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip. Smith was out for 26.

Hashim Amla joined Rudolph and batted aggressively to reach 37 not out at lunch, while Rudolph was unbeaten on 20.

Sri Lanka were all out for 279 in their second innings earlier in the day, losing their last three wickets for 23 runs. Two of the wickets fell to fast bowler Dale Steyn, who took five for 73. It was his 17th five-wicket haul in Tests.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test at Centurion by an innings and 81 runs. (AFP)

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 338 and 279 (Kumar Sangakkara 108, Dinesh Chandimal 54; Dale Steyn 5 for 73, Morne Morkel 2 for 46) lead South Africa 168 & 86 for 1 (Hashim Amla 46*, Graeme Smith 26) by 364 runs

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