8.1 Herath strikes, he tosses it up, it grips and turns a bit, all Petersen has been doing is leaning out and pushing, he does the same and this carries to silly point 4/1
    21.3 right after the break, Perera has given Sri Lanka the breakthrough, Elgar shuffling across on the crease, this angles in from round the stumps, pitches middle and zips past an uncertain prod to strike off 47/2
    38.4 that ends de Kock's resistance, he lunged forward outside off, it hit the rough and jagged in, de Kock tried to play it down with a closed face, it brushed the glove, took the pad and popped up to backward short leg, he battled well, but it takes only one to do slightly more than expected 68/3
    74.1 they have the big one, Mahela takes this at slip and runs towards the boundary, tossed up high and full, Amla has resisted driving at these till now, probably the state of his leg, probably he is tired, but he has a go at the drive, and Mahela has not built up that record at slip for nothing, he snaps up a sharp chance 105/5
    63.1 The Rrrrangannna!!! Superb first ball takes AB out! This is slow, loopy, drifts and dips, spins from the surface, just enough to beat the bat and takes out the off stump. AB, who doesn't really push forward, plays down the wrong line and is made to look like a tailender. That is a corker! However, someone with a bigger stride would have handled that much better. AB was almost playing it from the crease 93/4
    78.4 another one, Rangana Herath again, tossed up, good length, pitches middle and off, Faf forward to defend, it jags away, takes the edge and Mahela Jayawardene pouches catch No 200 at slip, low to his left, he is pumped up 110/6
    93.4 that looks a goner, and it is, umpire Kettleborough upholds a long appeal, Perera with the breakthrough right at the start of the final hour, South Africa review, that came in with the angle from round the wicket, did not turn, Duminy's defensive bat was still on its way down on the forward push when the ball smacked into pad in front of middle, that is hitting leg close to the top, and Duminy is gone 130/7
    not out
    102.5 the changed angle has worked immediately, Herath has his fifth, tossed up, pitching outside leg, spinning and bouncing across, Steyn pushes forward, thin edge through to the keeper 148/8
    not out
    22 (b 5, lb 14, nb 3)
    159/8 (111 Overs, RR: 1.43, 359 minutes)
    Did not bat: M Morkel
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (AN Petersen, 8.1 ov), 2-47 (D Elgar, 21.3 ov), 3-68 (Q de Kock, 38.4 ov), 4-93 (AB de Villiers, 63.1 ov), 5-105 (HM Amla, 74.1 ov), 6-110 (F du Plessis, 78.4 ov), 7-130 (JP Duminy, 93.4 ov), 8-148 (DW Steyn, 102.5 ov)
    HMRKB Herath45.0304050.8800
    MDK Perera44.0246031.3600
    BAW Mendis13.081701.3000
    RAS Lakmal4.011102.7503
    KDK Vithanage5.011202.4000

Match Details

  • Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Series result

South Africa won the 2-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Match days

24,25,26,27,28 July 2014 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 24 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 305/5 (DPMD Jayawardene 140*, N Dickwella 12*, 86 ov)
  • Fri, 25 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 98/3 (HM Amla 46*, AB de Villiers 11*, 52 ov)
  • Sat, 26 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 11/0 (WU Tharanga 6*, JK Silva 5*, 5 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Jul - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 38/1 (D Elgar 13*, Q de Kock 21*, 17 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Jul - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 159/8 (111 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Favourite ground?

0, 1*, 165, 0

Mahela Jayawardene's recent scores at the SSC

Steyn moves up


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

Century No 22


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

The wait


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