Dale Steyn grabbed three wickets to leave Sri Lanka reeling © Getty Images
Dale Steyn grabbed three wickets to leave Sri Lanka reeling © Getty Images

By Shiamak Unwalla

Jul 20, 2014

Sri Lanka started the day in a strong position, with Kumar Sangakkara and Kusal Silva looking good, but the wicket of Silva opened the floodgates as South Africa were able to snare five wickets in the session. Barring a miracle from Angelo Mathews, it seems unlikely that the hosts will be able to pull off even a draw at this point.

South Africa started the day with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and Steyn broke through soon after, getting Silva to nick one behind. Sangakkara was soon dropped by Quinton de Kock off Morkel. However, the wicketkeeper made up for it by grabbing on to Mahela Jayawardene soon after the drinks break, as Sri Lanka slipped further.

However, the real game-changing moment came when Sangakkara pulled arguably the worst delivery of the match, bowled by JP Duminy, straight into the hands of Hashim Amla at short midwicket. After batting beautifully, Sangakkara departed for 76 to a shot he would dearly like to forget. The landslide continued for Sri Lanka when Lahiru Thirimanne edged one from Steyn to AB de Villiers in slip, and Dinesh Chandimal went for a hook off Morkel only to feather an edge to the ‘keeper.

Brief scores:

South Africa 455 for 9 decl. (Dean Elgar 103, Faf du Plessis 80, JP Duminy 100*; Dilruwan Perera 4 for 162, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 75) & 206 for 6 decl. (AB de Villiers 51;  Dilruwan Perera 4 for 79, Rangana Herath 2 for 84) lead Sri Lanka 292 (Upul Tharanga 83, Lahiru Thirimanne 38, Angelo Mathews 89; Dale Steyn 5 for 54) & 161 for 6 (Kausal Silva 38, Kumar Sangakkara 76; Dale Steyn 3 for 36, Morne Morkel 2 for 15) by 209 runs.

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(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)