Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
37(92) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
DPMD Jayawardene
165(284) 17x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 3 0 0 1 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O21.4
M7
R52
W2
Eco2.40
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
HMRKB Herath
O45.0
M30
R40
W5
Eco0.88
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

SRI LANKA 421(121.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 282(134.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 229(53.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 159(111 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentary

END OF OVER:
111 | (maiden) | SA: 159/8

  • VD Philander27 (98b)
  • Imran Tahir4 (21b)
  • HMRKB Herath45-30-40-5
  • MDK Perera44-24-60-3

That is all we have for now. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Good bye

Amla takes the series trophy, and that is the end of the presentation

Hashim Amla: "It started raining a bit so took a few overs out, credit to the guys, tough battle, lasting 110 overs on that wicket with quality spinners was credit to the guys. When we conceded 400 in the first innings, that was a setback, and then we were 13 for 2. But it set it up nicely for the end. I have enjoyed the first two Tests. The players have responded brilliantly. We have done some special things last two years, and today was another example."

Angelo Mathews: "Disappointing not to end up on the winning side, credit to the team to how they responded after the first Test. One of the best innings I have seen from Mahela, Dickwella was good as well. We did everything right, we lost only about 13 overs. It was a different wicket, not the normal SSC, it was pretty sportive, the batters had to work hard, not the normal flat wicket where it becomes a batting paradise after the first couple of sessions. They are a very hard team to beat, whether home or away."

Mahela Jayawardene has been named the Man of the Match

Jayawardene: "Lucky winning the toss, wicket was decent to bat on, capitalised on that, later on it got tougher, was a good Test, would have been great had we won the game, but South Africa managed to hold together. We enjoy playing them, they get the best out of you. I guess the body says the time is right. Enjoyed my career journey, got a few more games to go, I will enjoy with the boys."

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Phew. Sri Lanka whizzed through 94 overs today. They were thwarted by rain, but their over rate was extraordinary throughout. It is in vain, though, as Philander and Tahir have survived more than eight overs to close out the draw. Morne Morkel's services were not needed

South Africa knew they were all but out of the game after Sri Lanka posted 421, and they have batted for the draw from ball one of their first innings. Well done them, and well done Hashim Amla, who batted out 541 deliveries in the Test to win his first series as captain, in the place where South Africa last lost away, back in 2006. And as additional reward, South Africa regain the No 1 ranking

Their ability to withstand a barrage of spin under pressure was under question. And this was nothing other than a barrage, a relentless one. With over rates of 20-plus, there was little time to switch off between deliveries and overs, and the stop-start with the rain earlier in the day did not help. But they have shown they are so tough to crack, across the world, in various conditions, and they have showed it in one of the most difficult places this series

Sri Lanka have had a dream run this year, but have been brought down at home in both the ODIs and Tests. The timing of the declaration last evening will be debated, but 111 overs is a fair enough tilt

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Tareq: "Whoever said Test cricket is dying, must be drunk. And hats off to both teams, specially SL. They produced 3 of the most exciting Test matches in the past couple of months."

Ramesh: "Felt like I watched the movie 300. SA resistance is unparalleled."

Aadil: "It would be injustice to say rain saved SA today!! What a fightback from them?!?! 111 overs to survive in final innings and 94 on a single day with rain breaks to disrupt them..!! Hats off to their fighting spirit!! Deserving candidates for No. 1 test team!! 90 overs batted out by Amla in the test...!!"

Stefan: "I am SO grateful to be a Proteas supporter! Not because we escaped in this match, but because SL's last 4 matches would have destroyed my nerves and left me in a mental institution if I were a SL fan! "

thanju: "Adelaide, Johannesburg and now SSC, proteas prove yet again that they are the most resistant and stubborn test team when playing under the pump.... its not even a flat track...its a snake pit..."

luke: "SL probably deserved a win here, but 111 overs should also have been enough on this wicket + the quality of their spinners + the alleged lack of SA ability vs spin. SA also, imo, are back to their rightful place at the top of the test table. They have a bit of work to do (resolve) with openers and specialist spinner but they're looking like they will cope with the loss of their two main guns!"

mudhabir : "Saving a test is a piece of cake.. ask the South Africans"

Mac: "It's worth mentioning that Mathews' captaincy might have been a bit ordinary; You can't win a test match (let alone a series) with two bowlers. He should have shown more faith in his other bowlers, particularly himself and Lakmal."

luke: "Having two comments published in one test is a result but I still gotta say I will miss Mahela a lot going forward"

110.6
0
Herath to Philander, no run, on the front foot to defend on leg stump, and South Africa take the series with one of the most hard fought draws
110.5
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up outside leg, Philander calmly pads it away, that should do

over the stumps

110.4
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tosses it up, he comes forward, two more to go

round the wicket

110.3
0
Herath to Philander, no run, spits away from outside leg, he forces it back down the pitch
110.2
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up just outside leg, he comes forward to smother it
110.1
0
Herath to Philander, no run, tossed up from over the stumps, he is forward to defend

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
37(92) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
DPMD Jayawardene
165(284) 17x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 3 0 0 1 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O21.4
M7
R52
W2
Eco2.40
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
HMRKB Herath
O45.0
M30
R40
W5
Eco0.88
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Favourite ground?

0, 1*, 165, 0

Mahela Jayawardene's recent scores at the SSC

Steyn moves up

374

Dale Steyn has now gone past Waqar Younis' tally of 373 Test wickets. Next in line is Malcolm Marshall's 376

Century No 22

253

No of balls taken by Amla to reach his hundred, the second slowest of his career

The wait

315

Number of deliveries Tahir had been wicketless for till he dismissed Dilruwan Perera today