Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.6 ah, well. Parna is not so full of life now. On your way, young man. The SAf seamers aren't taking too long to work these batsmen over. Parna has been beaten several times outside off by the seamers, and it was eventually a question of Steyn doing lesser with the ball in order to convert the misses into edges. He did that on this occasion, getting just enough seam away from the straight. Parna meekly opened the face and guided it to Bouch. 11/2
    3.5 did that carry? Yes, Dilshan is gone. It was coming. Vernon's got the ball to buzz this way and that with each of his 12 balls, this one seemed to angle in and then straightened just enough to catch the edge as Dilshan defended from the crease. The edge looped through and was dying on Boucher, who gets the gloves under it in time. Dilly seemed to expect it to come in sharply like one of the previous balls, but this did much lesser than he thought. In fact, it did very little and he was playing down the wrong line. 11/1
    7.1 this could end very very soon. Double failure for Sangakkara. Again done in by subtle seam work. Vernon pitches this up on off stump, not devilishly quick, no unusual bounce or anything of the sort. Just a sweet bit of away nip from the seam. Sanga gets the front foot out and looks to drive, the ball deviates away and takes a thin edge to Bouch. Three in three for him. Vernon takes just four balls or so to work over the world's No. 1 rated batsman. Speaks volumes of his skills. 19/3
    14.6 Sri Lanka won't even get the one shred of solace - Mahela's 10,000th run - from this Test. So it goes. Was he thinking of the milestone? Mahela had some wretched luck there. Short ball outside off from Kallis, Mahela rides it really well and drops it at his feet. The ball then spins sharply after landing on the crease and runs down the track, even as Mahela takes off for the single. Kallis charged down after it, picked up cleanly and threw down the stumps at the other end, with Mahela less than a yard away from his 10,000th run. Mahela kept looking behind as he ran that one - I am going on record saying that the subcontinent's obsession for landmarks seems to have cost Mahela his wicket. 37/4
    22.3 and another. Aha! Morne dear boy, well done lad. Identical dismissal to Mathews, little bit of wobbleage as Dominic Cork would call it and a little nick to Boucher's right once more. 70/6
    21.5 much better. Super bowling, length on off stump, the batsman has to play, a little deflection to Boucher's right and he bags another one. 66/5
    36.4 I think Tahir just won the Nobel Prize, the Oscar, and a big lottery. At least the celebration says so as he charges around, yelling with his arms aloft and his head banging. Lovely ball, mind you. Holds the length back and turns it past the face of Silva's bat as he looks to cover the spin off the front foot. The ball licks the edge and pops into slip's hand. 133/8
    31.2 start the Gautrain. Thisara has been gunned out by Steyn. Poor shot in the circumstances. Back of a length, angled across at pace and it bounces extra. Thisara has a flat-footed carve at it and gets a thick edge that hurtles at first slip's chest. Easy does it. 104/7
    39.1 Vernon has five again. Boucher has eight catches in the match, six of them in this innings, and Vernon has ten for the game, and it is all over before tea on day three. Are we even halfway into the Test match? Just about. Typical Vernon ball, nipped away off the seam, Herath looked to play it to the off side, but the ball did enough to sniff at the edge and carry through to Bouch. The nick was quite faint, even Bouch didn't see it. Only Vernon appealed, Umpire Davies doesn't say anything, but Herath walks. Everyone else follows. 150/10
    37.6 Vernon has four, can he get 10 for the game? Chanaka tries to put a satellite in orbit, backing away and slashing with gusto. Despite his best efforts, it drops back down towards the planet and lands in Vernon's hands. It was one of those steeplers that hung in the air for so long that practically any of the 11 fielders could have taken it. But Vernon called. 145/9
    not out
    11 (lb 1, nb 10)
    150 all out (39.1 Overs, RR: 3.82, 201 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (TM Dilshan, 3.5 ov), 2-11 (NT Paranavitana, 4.6 ov), 3-19 (KC Sangakkara, 7.1 ov), 4-37 (DPMD Jayawardene, 14.6 ov), 5-66 (AD Mathews, 21.5 ov), 6-70 (TT Samaraweera, 22.3 ov), 7-104 (NLTC Perera, 31.2 ov), 8-133 (JK Silva, 36.4 ov), 9-145 (UWMBCA Welegedara, 37.6 ov), 10-150 (HMRKB Herath, 39.1 ov)
    DW Steyn10.023623.6000
    VD Philander11.114954.3805
    JH Kallis5.031302.6001
    M Morkel9.003614.0004
    Imran Tahir4.011513.7500

Close of Play

  • Thu, 15 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 90/1 (JA Rudolph 27*, DW Steyn 0*, 34 ov)
  • Fri, 16 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 389/9 (MV Boucher 49*, Imran Tahir 24*, 118 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 150 (39.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes