Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    7.4 this is a corker of a delivery! Would've troubled any top order batsman. It's full, gets this to bend back in really late, Markram plays all around it, misses and this beats the inside edge to hit the pad and sneak through the gap to crash into the stumps. Wow, this is absolutely magnificent. The kind of delivery that will give a bowler oodles of confidence. South Africa are on the mat. 17/3
    1.4 but this time there is no doubt. Length ball, bowled closer to the stumps, holds its line. Elgar looks to defend but ends up playing inside the line of the ball, a faint edge and a regulation catch for Dickwella 0/1
    6.1 that's a superb catch at second slip. Amla hasn't moved, Sri Lanka are celebrating but the umpires converge to discuss if it carried. The soft signal from umpire Kettleborough is not out. Coming back to the delivery, this is short of length that nips away from outside off, got it to lift off the deck, Amla was looking to play initially but then changed his mind and tried to withdraw his bat at the end, but it was too late. It took the edge and it was superbly grabbed at second slip. It was such a clean catch that Michael Holding on air said 'I'm walking back to the Caribbean if that's given not out. . Fortunately, sanity prevails, there's conclusive evidence to overturn the decision and Amla is walking back. 9/2
    29.2 is that a run-out at the bowler's end? It was fuller on the off stump, de Kock drives it back towards the bowler who gets his foot in line, and the deflection hits the stumps at the bowler's end. Bavuma was out of his crease but dives back promptly but was he quick enough? It's touch and go. Did he manage to get some part of his bat behind the line when the bails were dislodged, doesn't look like and the third umpire thinks that's out. An unfortunate manner to be dismissed 110/5
    24.2 Has he tickled this down leg, there was a definite noise as this went past the bat. Umpire Kettleborough says no, and Sri Lanka have reviewed immediately.. Length ball slanting down, Faf late on this flick, but as it passes the batsman, the pad isn't anywhere near. Replays confirm a spike as ball passed the bat, so the decision will be overturned and Sri Lanka's lunch will taste much better than it would've otherwise. Terrific end to the session. Sri Lanka's morning all the way. 89/4
    59.4 top-edge as he tries to heave this, in the air for ages but fine leg calls, settles underneath it and takes it. Excellent from Vishwa Fernando, never easy as it was swirling around. 235/10
    37.4 short of length outside off, was looking to shape up for a pull but it's too quick and also not that short. The ball hits the bat instead of the other way around and balloons straight up, Rajitha accepts a dolly. The umpires are checking if some part of his foot was behind the line and yes, there is that tiny part of the heel behind the bowling crease 131/6
    45.6 this is a jaffa and he's got him! Maharaj reviews immediately, which means he believes he didn't nick it. Got this to angle in and leave him late to square him up, Maharaj pokes at the delivery and spontaneously looks back as this passes the bat. Dickwella grabs it and throws the ball up in celebration, Aleem Dar agreed. We'll need a few replays. Ultra-edge confirms a spike so Maharaj will have to get on his bike. What an inspired bowling change, Vishwa continues to impress. 178/7
    49.6 a low full toss on the pads, toe height, and Rabada has just chipped it straight to deep square leg, an easy catch for Oshada Fernando 186/8
    56.4 through the gate! This one doesn't turn, drifts in and skids on. Steyn goes for a big booming drive, but this slides through the gap to hit middle and leg. 219/9
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    8 (lb 6, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    235 all out (59.4 Overs, RR: 3.93, 295 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (D Elgar, 1.4 ov), 2-9 (HM Amla, 6.1 ov), 3-17 (AK Markram, 7.4 ov), 4-89 (F du Plessis, 24.2 ov), 5-110 (T Bavuma, 29.2 ov), 6-131 (VD Philander, 37.4 ov), 7-178 (KA Maharaj, 45.6 ov), 8-186 (K Rabada, 49.6 ov), 9-219 (DW Steyn, 56.4 ov), 10-235 (Q de Kock, 59.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal1432912.0700
    MVT Fernando1716243.6400
    CAK Rajitha14.406834.6302
    FDM Karunaratne30903.0000
    L Embuldeniya1015115.1000
    BOP Fernando1010010.0000
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    19.6 fuller this time, on the leg stump, Karunaratne was looking to play something between a drive and a flick, misses altogether. And given this time. Karunaratne wants to review. Front foot is fine. No bat involved. Where did it pitch? Just in line. Where did it hit? Just in line, front pad first and then on to the back pad. Was it hitting the leg stump? Just, umpire's call. Karunaratne has to leave, I am afraid. Had it been given not out, it would have stayed not out 53/3
    6.4 and that's a 15-ball duck for Thirimanne. Length, wide outside off, pushes at it, gets an outside edge and de Kock makes no mistake, takes it near knee height to his left 19/1
    18.2 and given lbw. Length around middle and leg, Oshada misses the flick and is rapped on the pads, a loud appeal and Aleem Dar raises the finger. Oshada is having a discussion with the skipper whether to review. They decide against it in the end but that would have been worth a review. Looked like it might have missed or just clipped the leg stump 51/2
    25.4 edged and grabbed by a diving Faf, who takes it low as he moves to his left and in front of first slip. Squared him up with the length, Mendis had to play at that. Jabbed with hard hands. Faf's 50th catch in Tests 76/4
    44.3 fuller outside off, backs away and looks to loft it over extra cover, ends up slicing it instead, Hamza is halfway at deep extra cover, makes good ground to his left before pouching it 152/8
    29.2 short of length outside off, Dickwella stops midway through the pull, gets a top edge which carries easily to Steyn at very fine third man 90/5
    38.5 he's prised him out! Dhanajaya has fallen to the trap. This was angled into the body from wide of the crease, he couldn't resist playing the pull but the pace is too quick for him to get control. Ends up top-edging it and Olivier, at fine leg, runs across to his left and settles underneath it to take a superb catch. Poor batting, poor execution right at the stroke of lunch. 133/6
    40.1 length around off and chips it straight to Markram at short extra cover, who takes it around face height. That's the third wicket for Steyn and Sri Lanka are 142 for 7 142/7
    59.2 makes room to loft over cover, ends up mistiming it and Steyn does well to move to his right from mid-off to pluck that. 191/10
    55.3 and a run-out finally breaks the stand! Short of length on middle and leg, Rajitha drops it towards short leg and looks to set off for a single but Markram collects it and breaks the stumps with a direct it. The batsman tried to get back but the throw beat him 184/9
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    Extras
    7 (b 3, lb 3, w 1)
    TOTAL
    191 all out (59.2 Overs, RR: 3.21, 283 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (HDRL Thirimanne, 6.4 ov), 2-51 (BOP Fernando, 18.2 ov), 3-53 (FDM Karunaratne, 19.6 ov), 4-76 (BKG Mendis, 25.4 ov), 5-90 (N Dickwella, 29.2 ov), 6-133 (DM de Silva, 38.5 ov), 7-142 (RAS Lakmal, 40.1 ov), 8-152 (MDKJ Perera, 44.3 ov), 9-184 (CAK Rajitha, 55.3 ov), 10-191 (L Embuldeniya, 59.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn2074842.4000
    VD Philander1023223.2000
    K Rabada12.224823.8900
    D Olivier1323612.7610
    KA Maharaj301605.3300
    D Elgar10505.0000
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    28.6 caught and bowled! Tossed up around off, Elgar comes down the track but the ball drops at him and he ends up hitting it to the left of the bowler. Embuldeniya takes a sharp catch around waist height 95/4
    9.6 ugly poke, great catch! Swing, bounce from a length around the fifth stump, Markram goes on a fishing trip but is late on the stroke, gets a thick edge and the second slip fielder takes it well with his palms facing upwards. Had to move to his left but did really well. Relief for Sri Lanka 36/1
    19.1 hits it straight to gully. Short of length outside off, Amla goes for the cut but fails to keep it down and a good catch by Thirimanne at gully, Amla was looking all set, a soft dismissal of sorts 70/2
    22.2 big appeal and given, don't bother reviewing! Looks to sweep by getting outside the line, but the ball drifts in a long way to beat the bat and pin him on the pads. The only question was if it would've missed off, but this has been given out on the field, at max this will come back as umpire's call. Replays confirm there wasn't any glove on it, even though the ball was very close to this. Ball tracking also confirms this would've gone on with the angle to hit middle of middle. Another huge scalp and Sri Lanka re chipping away. Hawkeye confirms this would've hit off-stump 77/3
    75.6 indecision, indecision. He probed and probed away, beat him on the outside edge a number of times, troubled him with the inducker and now finally has him! What an inspired effort. Vishwa gets this to nip back in off the seam from length outside off, Faf isn't sure if this is going to move in so leaves, and to his horror sees the ball come back in a long way to hit him just below the knee roll. Straightforward decision. 255/7
    52.6 given lbw. Length outside off and spins back in, keeps very low and beats de Kock's bat, de Kock has reviewed it. De Kock was deep in his crease, looking to flick it away. Replays show there was no inside edge, and the ball hit him in the line of the off stump, would have gone on to hit the middle 191/5
    72.4 rocks back to cut but this one skids through, kept a touch low to beat the under-edge and crash into the stumps. 251/6
    77.2 nips back sharply to disturb the stumps. That's four wickets for five runs for Sri Lanka. Was a length ball, angling in, Maharaj looked to push at it, played all around and the ball sneaked in to hit the off bail 256/9
    76.4 A fifer for Embuldeniya. A similar delivery, length around off and sharp turn, Rabada looks to work it on the leg side, gets beaten, the ball brushes the thigh and lobs towards the keeper's right who takes it and appeals for the caught-behind. Yes, says the umpire, it probably brushed the glove on its way on to the thigh 256/8
    79.1 and that's it. Fuller on middle and leg, and Steyn, was already standing on the off stump, moves across towards the off side and looks to flick, misses and it's timber 259/10
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    7 (lb 2, nb 3, w 2)
    TOTAL
    259 all out (79.1 Overs, RR: 3.27, 359 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (AK Markram, 9.6 ov), 2-70 (HM Amla, 19.1 ov), 3-77 (T Bavuma, 22.2 ov), 4-95 (D Elgar, 28.6 ov), 5-191 (Q de Kock, 52.6 ov), 6-251 (VD Philander, 72.4 ov), 7-255 (F du Plessis, 75.6 ov), 8-256 (K Rabada, 76.4 ov), 9-256 (KA Maharaj, 77.2 ov), 10-259 (DW Steyn, 79.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal2055202.6010
    MVT Fernando17.127144.1310
    CAK Rajitha1315414.1502
    L Embuldeniya2636652.5301
    DM de Silva20804.0000
    BOP Fernando10606.0000
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    16.3 huge appeal and gone! There's the second. Dimuth refers upstairs. This is short of length on middle, nips back in and skids through to beat the inside edge as he plays all around it. Looked good to smash leg stump. Replays tell us this would've clipped the bail on leg stump so the umpire's call will stay 42/2
    15.5 big booming drive, as if he's doing so at the SSC! Rabada goes round the stumps and angles a length ball on the fourth stump, Thiri is tempted and goes after that one but is clearly late on it, gets a thick edge and Faf dives across to his right, in front of Amla at first slip, to pouch this superb catch. 42/1
    37.2 edged, and gone! Fernando's judgement had been so good so far, but it's failed him this time as he follows a cross-seamed delivery that nips away a touch off the track. The ball was full and in the channel, but where previous deliveries have shot straight through this one left him and he couldn't withdraw the bat. He could have left it alone without any danger 110/4
    18.5 has he nicked him? Yes, he has. Poor from Kusal Mendis, why would you look to glide a quick bowler off a short ball? This one climbs on him, looks to deflect this over the cordon but is late on the stroke and de Kock takes an excellent catch on the leap. Sri Lanka are unravelling very quickly after a glimmer of hope at the start. Got to show more desire than that, Kusal. 52/3
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    37.4 two wickets in three balls for Steyn! A full ball just stopped very slightly in the surface as a flat-footed Dickwella pushed at it with hard hands. He was too early into the shot and popped the ball straight back at Steyn, who plucked it out of the air one handed 110/5
    63.1 There is a huge, emotive and extended appeal from Maharaj as he hits a sweeping Dhananjaya on the thigh. Umpire Dar says no, but they ask for a review. It's pitched in line, and it hasn't hit the bat ... but it is hitting the stumps. Three reds on the review, and South Africa have the breakthrough! 206/6
    63.2 two in two! Maharaj flights one in from around the stumps and finds grip and spin. The ball kisses the outside edge and flies low to du Plessis at slip. He was left out of the Tests against Pakistan, he only bowled three overs in the first innings, and now Keshav Maharaj is on a hat-trick 206/7
    66.5 short, fended and gone! He must have known what was coming, but he could do nothing about it. Olivier flings down a bouncer, Lasith takes his eyes off it and fends, and the ball pops up off the glove to be easily held by Markram at short leg 215/8
    69.4 given lbw. Flatter and quicker, length ball on the off and middle stump, thuds on to the pad before Rajitha could bring his bat down. Rajitha goes for a review. The only doubt is if it was heading down. No bat involved, pitched around off, hits him in front of the leg stump and would have gone on to crash into it. The on-field decision stays as it is. Sri Lanka lose their review as well 226/9
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    Extras
    14 (lb 13, w 1)
    TOTAL
    304/9 (85.3 Overs, RR: 3.55, 394 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-42 (HDRL Thirimanne, 15.5 ov), 2-42 (FDM Karunaratne, 16.3 ov), 3-52 (BKG Mendis, 18.5 ov), 4-110 (BOP Fernando, 37.2 ov), 5-110 (N Dickwella, 37.4 ov), 6-206 (DM de Silva, 63.1 ov), 7-206 (RAS Lakmal, 63.2 ov), 8-215 (L Embuldeniya, 66.5 ov), 9-226 (CAK Rajitha, 69.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn1817123.9400
    VD Philander831311.6200
    KA Maharaj2017133.5500
    K Rabada22.339714.3110
    D Olivier1633522.1800
    AK Markram10404.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 13 Feb - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 49/1 (FDM Karunaratne 28*, BOP Fernando 17*, 16 ov)
  • Thu, 14 Feb - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 126/4 (F du Plessis 25*, Q de Kock 15*, 37 ov)
  • Fri, 15 Feb - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 83/3 (BOP Fernando 28*, MDKJ Perera 12*, 28 ov)
  • Sat, 16 Feb - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 304/9 (85.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st42FDM KarunaratneHDRL Thirimanne
2nd0FDM KarunaratneBOP Fernando
3rd10BOP FernandoBKG Mendis
4th58MDKJ PereraBOP Fernando
5th0MDKJ PereraN Dickwella
6th96MDKJ PereraDM de Silva
7th0RAS LakmalMDKJ Perera
8th9MDKJ PereraL Embuldeniya
9th11MDKJ PereraCAK Rajitha
10th78MDKJ PereraMVT Fernando