South Africa on top on day three as Sri Lanka follow on

Following on, Sri Lanka are still 299 runs short of making South Africa bat again Getty Images

Cape Town: Jan 5, 2012

Sri Lanka faced an uphill battle to avoid defeat after captain Tillekeratne Dilshan was out early in its second innings on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands.

Following on, Sri Lanka was 42 for one at tea, still 299 runs short of making South Africa bat again.

Sri Lanka was earlier bowled out for 239 in its first innings, with fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander taking three wickets apiece.

Philander struck again in the fourth over when Dilshan drove loosely at a ball which moved away and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Lahiru Thirimanne should have followed his fellow opener to the pavilion when he was on 10. He edged Morne Morkel and Boucher put down a straightforward chance. Thirimanne was on 18 at tea.

Sri Lanka collapsed in its first innings, losing eight wickets for 90 runs after resuming on 149 for two.

Steyn took three for 56 and Philander three for 46. Both bowled superbly, with Steyn’s figures for the day an impressive three for 16 off eight overs, while Philander was even better, his three wickets costing 12 runs off nine overs.

Steyn struck with the third ball of the day when Kumar Sangakkara sliced a drive to point without adding to his overnight score of 35.

Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera stayed together for more than an hour before Philander accounted for Samaraweera, who was caught at second slip for 11.

Steyn came back for a second spell and had Jayawardene caught at second slip for 30 with his third ball and Mathews caught behind for a single in his next over.

Dinesh Chandimal, who made two half-centuries on debut in the second Test in Durban, hit 35 off 45 balls but the tail crumbled before he was last man out. (AFP)

Brief Score: South Africa 580 for 4 (Jacques Kallis 224, AB de Villiers 160*, Alviro Peterson 109; Dhammika Prasad 2 for 154, Chanaka Welegadra 1 for 107) lead Sri Lanka 239 & 42 for 1 (Lahiru Thirimanne 18*, Kumar Sangakkara 13*; Vernon Philander 1 for 11) by 299 runs.

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