2.4 nicks off! The strength becomes a weakness, as it has happened before. This was full and teasing outside off, Tharanga couldn't help throwing his bat at it and looks back in horror as QdK dives to his left and clings on 14/1
    35.5 how many times has he done it? Gets some help from the keeper who pulls off a stunner and South Africa have the breakthrough they desperately wanted. This was the perfect length, got the batsmen forward to poke and this time it nips in and snares the edge. Flies to QdK's right and he is up for it. Flings out a hand and pouches it nicely 118/2
    50.1 he stands, he chews his gum, he stares at the pitch. He just can't believe what he has done! Galle is silent after they watch the worst ball Duminy would ever bowl turn the Test around. Rank long hop, should have been blasted through the off side because there was so much width, but Sanga decides to pull and hits it straight to short midwicket. Spat his gum in disgust with himself as he walks off 149/4
    46.1 but they'll have to do it without Mahela! What a corker! Goes full, he so often doesn't and because of that the batsman has to come forward, has to push at it. Morkel got it to hold it's line just enough to fetch the outside edge and QdK does the rest. What a start after drinks! 138/3
    53.1 caught in the cordon! Thirimanne's open face hurts him again! This was on a good length and curls away late to fool the batsman who went for a poor on the up drive. AB does the rest, good low catch. 153/5
    not out
    54.3 nicked off pulling, has he? We won't know yet because Chandimal goes for the review straight away. This definitely took the left sleeve on the way to the keeper, but has it taken the glove before that? Good ball though, banged in and the line is much better. Attacking the batsman's ears. Glove and then shirt says Billy who gave it out. Down comes the information and it is in South Africa's favour. 158/6
    57.3 has Steyn found another bunny? This time he snares the outside edge of Dilruwan and erupts! Angled in on a good length and the ball held it's line. Had to be played at and the outside edge was the best he could do. De Kock has another catch, how many is he going to finish with after this Test? 161/7
    64.2 top edge, and AB runs towards square leg from slip and makes it look easy. Loopy delivery, well outside off. Herath chose the wrong shot, looking to sweep it instead of driving it away and perishes 190/8
    71.2 take at long leg! Short ball, a little off line and Lakmal sought to help it away but doesn't keep it down. Tahir is the man down there, takes it and rests on the ground. Mathews stays out there, which means... 216/9
    71.3 bounced out! South Africa go 1-0! This was short and nasty, Eranga couldn't duck under it or weave away, fends it away and short leg picks up an easy catch after skipping a few steps behind square 216/10
    6 (lb 5, nb 1)
    216 all out (71.3 Overs, RR: 3.02, 332 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (WU Tharanga, 2.4 ov), 2-118 (JK Silva, 35.5 ov), 3-138 (DPMD Jayawardene, 46.1 ov), 4-149 (KC Sangakkara, 50.1 ov), 5-153 (HDRL Thirimanne, 53.1 ov), 6-158 (LD Chandimal, 54.3 ov), 7-161 (MDK Perera, 57.3 ov), 8-190 (HMRKB Herath, 64.2 ov), 9-216 (RAS Lakmal, 71.2 ov), 10-216 (RMS Eranga, 71.3 ov)
    DW Steyn17.044542.6400
    VD Philander11.043403.0901
    M Morkel13.362942.1400
    Imran Tahir19.036403.3600
    JP Duminy10.043823.8000
    D Elgar1.00101.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 16 Jul - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 268/5 (Q de Kock 17*, DW Steyn 0*, 91 ov)
  • Thu, 17 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 30/0 (JK Silva 8*, WU Tharanga 20*, 12 ov)
  • Fri, 18 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 283/9 (HMRKB Herath 12*, 100 ov)
  • Sat, 19 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 110/1 (JK Silva 37*, KC Sangakkara 58*, 32 ov)
  • Sun, 20 Jul - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 216 (71.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Terrific Travellers


South Africa's win-loss ratio in Asia, the best for a non-Asian team

Simply The Best


Wickets taken by Steyn in Asia, the most by a non-Asian fast bowler

Twin Triumphs


Number of Sri Lankans with fourth-innings centuries in victories - Jayawardene and Aravinda de Silva

Final Stand


The highest fourth-innings partnership in Galle, between Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan, in 2012

Strong Finish


Jayawardene's fourth-innings average at home, with three centuries

Final Five


Number of times Sri Lanka have scored 300 or more in the fourth innings of a home Test

Solid As Ever


Kumar Sangakkara's fourth innings batting average

Tough Targets


The highest successful chase in Galle, by Sri Lanka against India in 2010

Hanging In


Highest fourth-innings total in a drawn game in Galle, by England in 2003

Triple Threat


Hashim Amla's third-innings batting average, his highest

Third Shot


Average third innings score in Galle

Oriental Success


Wickets taken by Steyn in Asia, the second-most for a non-Asian fast bowler

Serious Striking


Steyn's strike-rate in the first and second innings of a match, next only to Syd Barnes' (min 100 wickets)

Starting Blues


Mathews' batting average in the first innings of a match, his lowest