Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    5.3 Vishwa breaches the defences of Elgar, who is stunned. Vishwa ventures wide of the crease. After getting a few balls to swing away outside off, he gets this one to zip back in sharply and barge through Elgar's castle. Vishwa knocks over Elgar and the off stump. Elgar can't believe what has just happened 15/1
    37.2 Rajitha provides SL with the breakthrough. Okay, wait, Markram chats with de Kock and opts to challenge the on-field out decision from umpire Dar. Length ball, nips back in, beats the inside edge and crashes into the back pad just above the knee-roll. No bat, but height may be the issue. The tracker returns umpire's call on off stump. That's a bail-trimmer, but enough to send Markram back 130/5
    5.4 Vishwa now storms through the defences of Amla. Catch him if you can. He sets off on a celebratory sprint. Pitched further up and swings back in against the angle from over the wicket. Amla doesn't quite cover for the movement and the middle stump takes a beating 15/2
    6.3 Scenes in PE! What have you done, Bavuma? He falls for a duck too. This was full on middle and leg, Markram simply drives it straight to mid-on. Bavuma, though, ventures a single. It just wasn't there. There was no call from Markram either. Rajitha swoops down on the ball and nails the stumps at the non-striker's end to catch Bavuma miles short 15/3
    26.5 WHAT A TWIST! Pitched full up, and du Plessis just missed that completely. Karunaratne jumps up and down, like someone who just won the lottery. It's a good ball, though...pitched right up, and crept under his blade as he looked to drive it straight back down the ground. That's just Karunaratne's second ever Test wicket, and what a time to do it! 73/4
    58.2 De Kock has missed a fairly straight ball from de Silva. This is a wicket from outta nowhere for Sri Lanka. De Kock hobbles off. Pushed through on middle from round the wicket, spins away just a wee bit de Kock stays leg-side of the ball, aims a booming drive... and misses it altogether 216/8
    39.6 Rajitha brings another one back in, this one to Mulder and pins him in front. This looks adjacent and SA decide against a review. On a length and skids back in at off, Mulder falls over and doesn't get his bat in front of the pad 145/6
    41.6 Rajitha is on fire! Good length, and just a bit of movement away, as it draws Maharaj forward to defend. Takes the outside edge, just kissing it along the way, and Dickwella dives forward and completes a smart catch. Now it's a race against time to see if de Kock can counter-attack enough with the three remaining wickets in hand 157/7
    60.4 Sri Lanka think they have their man. Umpire Gould raises his finger right away. Rabada reviews, thinking he his bat has hit the ground and not the ball. 100ks dart outside off, Rabada jabs his bat down. Has he tickled it behind to Dickwella? Ultra Edge detects a spike as Rabada hastily brings his bat down to dig it out. Rabada has to go. Well done, umpire Gould 221/9
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    61.2 Vishwa, fittingly, wraps SA up for 222. Nice and full, angling in from round the wicket, tricks the No.11 into playing for the angle but it straightens late to kiss the outside edge on its way to Dickwella 222/10
    Extras
    11 (b 1, lb 6, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    222 all out (61.2 Overs, RR: 3.61, 286 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (D Elgar, 5.3 ov), 2-15 (HM Amla, 5.4 ov), 3-15 (T Bavuma, 6.3 ov), 4-73 (F du Plessis, 26.5 ov), 5-130 (AK Markram, 37.2 ov), 6-145 (PWA Mulder, 39.6 ov), 7-157 (KA Maharaj, 41.6 ov), 8-216 (Q de Kock, 58.2 ov), 9-221 (K Rabada, 60.4 ov), 10-222 (D Olivier, 61.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal1323302.5301
    MVT Fernando18.226233.3800
    CAK Rajitha1526734.4603
    L Embuldeniya5.302604.7200
    FDM Karunaratne4.311212.6600
    DM de Silva501523.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    11.4 GOT HIM! Came in from a good length with the angle, and then just seemed to move a little, as it took the outside edge as the batsman shaped to defend from the crease. Went through to de Kock off the outside edge. They check for the no-ball, and it is close, but just good enough, I reckon? 25/1
    22.2 Olivier takes an excellent return catch. He dives to his right from his followthrough and latches onto the ball. On a length and on middle, Olivier finds some extra bounce. The bat turns in Thirimanne's hands as he limply chips it right back. Thirimanne misses another opportunity 64/4
    14.5 CHOPPED ON! Length ball, but cutting back into him, and Fernando looks to play from the crease. It takes the inside edge and goes on to the stumps. Just hits the base of leg stump, so he is unlucky in a sense, but just reward for what has been a great spell from Olivier. He needed to adjust his length to a bit fuller, and has done it quite effectively 34/2
    18.6 the extra ball comes in handy! This time the ball is on a length, just outside off, and Mendis can't help but have a poke at it, and it takes the top part of the bat on its way through to de Kock. Good bowling, and perseverance paying off for the hosts. 59/3
    23.5 Rabada knocks over the nightwatchman! Back of a length, angling in towards off stump, so Rajitha looks to cover up the angle. Instead, the ball seams away so very late to hit the top of off. That might have got a top-order batsman as well. Two wickets in two overs for SA. SL 66 for 6 66/5
    27.1 Rabada has Kusal nicking off for 20. SL six down and sinking. On a length, angling in towards off from round the wicket, then straightens away in the channel. Kusal spars at it and edges it behind to the keeper. Lightning doesn't strike twice 97/6
    32.3 Maiden Test wicket for Mulder. Dale Steyn is thrilled for the debutant. Perfectly pitched ball, catches de Silva on the crease. It leaves the batsman a wee bit and finds the outside edge which is snaffled by de Kock 128/7
    37.4 short, and he moves across to the on side and tries to ramp it....just guides it high and towards Dean Elgar, who takes a good catch at point, running backwards and over his shoulder 154/10
    36.6 Maharaj fires in a quicker one from wide of the crease, and they have referred it after Ian Gould gives it out! Nothing wrong with the front foot, he plays it off the back foot, and there's no inside edge. Just down to tracking now...and it hits leg stump. Another one goes for Sri Lanka! 154/8
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    3 (lb 1, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    154 all out (37.4 Overs, RR: 4.08, 181 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (FDM Karunaratne, 11.4 ov), 2-34 (BOP Fernando, 14.5 ov), 3-59 (BKG Mendis, 18.6 ov), 4-64 (HDRL Thirimanne, 22.2 ov), 5-66 (CAK Rajitha, 23.5 ov), 6-97 (MDKJ Perera, 27.1 ov), 7-128 (DM de Silva, 32.3 ov), 8-154 (RAS Lakmal, 36.6 ov), 9-154 (N Dickwella, 37.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn1023903.9000
    K Rabada12.433843.0000
    D Olivier1016136.1002
    PWA Mulder32612.0000
    KA Maharaj20914.5000
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    9.6 GONE! How did he give his wicket away? It was a full ball, on his pads, and he was looking to whip it away on the on side, but just failed to keep it down. Oshada Fernando dives away to his right at short midwicket and emerges with the ball in his hands. Top catch! 31/2
    5.2 that's the breakthrough! Just as lunch is called, Vishwa Fernando picks up his fifth for this Test. Good length, in that channel just outside off, and it straightens after pitching, with Elgar looking to defend with the incoming angle from over the wicket. Takes a feather edge through to Dickwella, and Vishwa is cock-a-hoop! Excellent bowling, and crucial breakthrough that will make lunch a whole lot more palatable in the Lankan dressing room 10/1
    29.3 Mendis takes this one! Big wicket this! Hashim Amla plays for the turn to a fuller ball that was pitched on off stump. Didn't turn, took the outside edge, and Kusal Mendis at first slip makes no mistake this time. An important breakthrough for the Lankans 90/4
    19.6 what a good ball! Length, and just outside off stump, and drew a tentative poke forward from Bavuma. Got a healthy nick, and Dickwella does well to move to his right and take a good, low catch. Rajitha pumps his fists. Sri Lanka keep snapping away with the wickets... 51/3
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    30.4 what have you done here, QdK! Length ball again, angles across him, and he shapes to play this on the onside, but the ball sticks in the surface and takes the outside edge as he tries to close the face of the bat from a side-on stance. The ball carries back to Lakmal, who catches this one gleefully. Apt reward for the senior Sri Lanka seamer, who bowled very well without ample returns even yesterday. What a wicket to take on the stroke of tea for Sri Lanka! 91/5
    33.3 The drift gets Mulder and leaves SA six down. Tossed up full, angling in at off stump, then drifts away. Mulder plants his front leg, jabs with hard hands, and edges it to first slip. SA have slid either side of the tea break 100/6
    38.4 Lakmal brings another one back into Maharaj and traps him. Maharaj chats with his captain and decides against a review. Fuller than a good length and skids back in to ping the front pad as Maharaj plays around it and is struck in front of off. Coach Ottis Gibson has his face in his hands 113/7
    40.3 Lakmal hits an in-between length and gets it to swerve away outside off. Lakmal squares up Rabada. He prods at it and edges it to Kusal Mendis to second slip 115/8
    41.2 SA's procession continues. Thirimanne dives away to his right and snaffles a sharp catch. Tossed up and spins in on middle, Steyn plays a long way in front of his body and jabs a catch to short leg 116/9
    44.3 Another nip-backer from Lakmal. Full and moves back in to hit the front pad on the knee-roll as the No.11 plays around his front pad. No inside edge involved, the tracker returns umpire's call on leg stump 128/10
    Extras
    2 (lb 1, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    128 all out (44.3 Overs, RR: 2.87, 210 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (D Elgar, 5.2 ov), 2-31 (AK Markram, 9.6 ov), 3-51 (T Bavuma, 19.6 ov), 4-90 (HM Amla, 29.3 ov), 5-91 (Q de Kock, 30.4 ov), 6-100 (PWA Mulder, 33.3 ov), 7-113 (KA Maharaj, 38.4 ov), 8-115 (K Rabada, 40.3 ov), 9-116 (DW Steyn, 41.2 ov), 10-128 (D Olivier, 44.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal16.333942.3600
    MVT Fernando1013213.2000
    CAK Rajitha712022.8500
    DM de Silva1113633.2701

Close of Play

  • Thu, 21 Feb - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 60/3 (HDRL Thirimanne 25*, CAK Rajitha 0*, 20 ov)
  • Fri, 22 Feb - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 60/2 (BOP Fernando 17*, BKG Mendis 10*, 16 ov)
  • Sat, 23 Feb - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 197/2 (45.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st32FDM KarunaratneHDRL Thirimanne
2nd2FDM KarunaratneBOP Fernando
3rd163BOP FernandoBKG Mendis