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Sri Lanka trail by 346 runs with 6 wickets remaining before rain stopped play on Day Two of the third and final Test at Johannesburg s New Wanderers Stadium. It was the same old story for the visitors, as their batting unit failed to sensibly apply themselves in tough conditions, giving away easy wickets. It took a mere 4 balls for Vernon Philander to draw first blood and send Sri Lanka on the back foot. Amidst the fall of wickets, Kusal Mendis showed grit and resilience, dealing in boundaries. He hit 6 fours and a six in his 41-run knock. However, he fell prey to a Kagiso Rabada bouncer. Rabada got Kaushal Silva as well, who edged to the wicketkeeper. Skipper Angelo Mathews was on 11 and Dinesh Chandimal on 4 when bad light, followed by rain, stopped play prematurely.

Earlier in the day South Africa had faltered with the bat as well. They could manage only 88 runs for 7 wickets to their overnight score, getting bundled out for 426 courtesy four-fors by Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara. Mathews picked up the other two wickets. All the same, Hashim s Amla resounding 134 in his 100th Test remains the highlight of the match, for he became only the second South African (after Graeme Smith) and eighth overall to attain this feat. Along with JP Duminy, he added 292 for the third wicket to help South Africa post over 400. Duminy s 155 remains the highest score of the match. However, if one takes that mammoth stand away, the remaining 9 partnerships yielded a mere 134 for South Africa.

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The star of the day was Pradeep. Not only did he take 4 wickets, he got Amla, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, and Philander in a short burst when the hosts were going great guns. He consistently bowled in the corridor of uncertainty, not letting South African batsmen score runs at will.

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.

Brief scores:

South Africa 426 (Hashim Amla 134, JP Duminy 155; Nuwan Pradeep 4 for 73, Lahiru Kumara 4 for 107) lead Sri Lanka 80 for 4 (Kaushal Silva 13, Kusal Mendis 41; Vernon Philander 2 for 23, Kagiso Rabada 2 for 26) by 346 runs

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