Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

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Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3: Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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South Africa made slow progress on Day 3 of the second Test match against Sri Lanka, affording the hosts a lead of 150 as we move into the penultimate day of the Test.

Sri Lanka closed on 11-0 after South Africa were earlier bowled out for 282; a determined century from Hashim Amla helped the Proteas avoid the follow on.

South Africa 1st Innings
Batsman Method of Dismissal Runs Minutes Balls
F du Plessis c †Dickwella b Lakmal 36 109 109
HM Amla* not out 139 382 12
AB de Villiers lbw b Perera 37 99 99
Q de Kock† b Perera 0 2 2
JP Duminy st †Dickwella b Herath 3 58 58
VD Philander b Perera 9 29 29
DW Steyn c Sangakkara b Herath 30 71 71
Imran Tahir c Tharanga b Herath 15 32 32
M Morkel c Silva b Perera 0 1 1
Extras (lb 3, w 1, nb 6) 10 Extras
Total 282
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
RAS Lakmal 23 7 54 1
HMRKB Herath 45 17 71 4
MDK Perera 41.5 11 69 5
BAW Mendis 21 1 68 0
KDK Vithanage 4 0 17 0
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Batsman Method of Dismissal Runs Minutes Balls
WU Tharanga not out 6 18 1
JK Silva not out 5 12 1
Extras 0
Total 11
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
DW Steyn 3 1 7 0
VD Philander 2 1 4 0

Highlights to follow

The South African batsmen will be well aware that a draw in this game would have been good enough for them to regain their status as the No. 1 Test side on the planet. Factor in the loss of both openers early in their first innings on Day 2, and batting was always going to be slow going for the tourists.

Sanka Gayashan/Associated Press
Amla was excellent for his team.

Batting for time seemed to be the order of the day for the Proteas, although the magnificent Amla was still able to put some runs on the board as he looked to haul his side back into the contest. He was immovable at the crease throughout the day, emitting an aura of composure that we’ve come to expect from this fine player.

Amla dug in for his side, and his 253-ball century was a measure of the concentration he showcased during his innings. In fact, Amla actually ended up as the only not out batsman for South Africa, finishing unbeaten on 139 off 382 deliveries.

While no century is a bad one, it was the second slowest century of Amla’s career, as noted here by ESPN CricInfo:

After losing three wickets late on Day 2, it was the kind of effort the tourists desperately needed, although there was a dearth of support for South Africa’s star man. AB De Villiers never looked comfortable during his uncharacteristically conservative knock of 37 from 99 balls, while JP Duminy’s score of three from a staggering 58 balls summed up the mentality of the South African batsmen.

With eight wickets down ESPN CricInfo offered a comparison between the scoring rates of the two different sides:

The tail wagged a little for the tourists, as Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir helped themselves to scores of 30 and 15, respectively, but they were both accounted for by the spin of Rangana Herath. Morne Morkel was the last man out, leaving Amla stranded to be deservedly applauded off the field after a vital knock for his team.

It also left the Sri Lankan openers with a tricky five-over spell to negotiate before the close of play. But Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva were able to see off a barrage from Steyn and Vernon Philander with the new ball, meaning that the hosts have all 10 second innings wickets intact as we move toward Day 4 of the Test.

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Steyn was unable to notch a late wicket.

While today would have been extremely frustrating for Sri Lanka, they still have two days to win this Test match. If they can bat well for a couple of sessions tomorrow then they should be able establish a lead well in excess of what the Proteas can chase down on this turning pitch. Then it'll be in the latter stages of Days 4 and 5 that Sri Lanka’s spinners can then make a difference.

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