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    35.3 lovely bowling and Cook falls. That's a superb delivery. Pitched the ball on a good length on off, the ball moved away late towards a fourth stump. Cook, it seemed, was squared up in his attempt to flick. Closed the bat face early, the ball took the outside edge and carried low to Chandimal's right. Good take. 104/1
    39.2 edged and taken. Another one. Lakmal has been stunning after the break. Hangs this outside off, wide enough for Elgar to leave. More on a fifth-stump channel. Elgar wanted to play all along, but the ball moves away late. Kisses the outside edge and travels straight to first slip, but Chandimal gets across and takes a good two-handed grab. Always easier for the keeper if he sees and moves early. Fantastic bowling 105/2
    59.5 and Amla nicks off. Lakmal does it again. Great bowling. Not an Amla stroke at all. Fullish delivery outside off - pitched on a fifth-stump line. The ball, like it has been doing for Lakmal, moves away late. Amla hangs his bat out in line with the ball, which would have been safe had he not gone chasing after it. Gets a thick edge which is well accepted by Chandimal, diving to his right 178/3
    70.6 given! Umpire Oxenford gives Duminy. Only a question of where the ball hit him. Duminy reviews. A slow delivery through the air, but Herath is wily enough not to bowl it too full. Duminy is through his sweep, and the ball hits him on the pad just in front of off. No bat on that. All about impact for this review. All reds on HawkEye, struck him in line and Duminy's enterprising knock ends. Was that the wisest choice of stroke with him not having any problems with the straight bat? Easy in hindsight, though. 213/4
    83.6 edged and gone! The new ball does the trick! Just a nibble of movement away from the bat, and the extra bounce takes the splice and carries comfortably to Karunaratne at first slip, who scoops the chance with a tumble to his left. Du Plessis had looked solid and unflustered, but he's gone, and suddenly, South Africa are in danger of squandering a day that they seemed to have been dominating with ease 253/6
    74.5 raucous appeal, and Sri Lanka are taking a review. And sure enough, it's out! Pinned on the crease, Bavuma was struck on the back pad, and though it looked leg-sided, the ball didn't have much further to travel. Striking leg stump, and Sri Lanka have prised their fifth wicket of a doughty day's work 225/5
    98.5 cleaned up! Fantastic delivery to end the innings. Pradeep gets his yorker in from round the wicket, spears under de Kock's bat as he tries to jab down and the off stump goes flying. Great sight for Pradeep 286/10
    94.4 taken at deep square leg! Pradeep makes the breakthrough with a short ball. Philander has been keen to pull this morning. Doesn't even try to keep this down, goes high in the air and it's a good catch in the deep by Chameera who had to run to his left. A curious shot with the fielder out there, perhaps he thought he could clear the rope. Tight to the frontline, but it was okay (not that they checked on this occasion - there was a missed no-ball in a previous over) 276/7
    95.3 edged and that's five for Lakmal! They might not even get 300 now, though. Ideal delivery. In the channel, just outside off, forces the batsman to play, a hint of movement away to take the edge. A good catch from Chandimal, to atone for the early miss, as he dives in front of first slip 276/8
    96.2 that's a shambles! Abbott has been run out. De Kock thrashed it square through the off side, he was desperate to get back on strike, set off the for the second but then a bailed out and by then Abbott had no chance of getting back despite the throw from the deep being away from the stumps. Chandimal kept his cool, gathered and then moved towards the stumps to break them 281/9
    not out
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    6
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    Extras
    9 (lb 3, nb 5, w 1)
    TOTAL
    286 all out (98.5 Overs, 434 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal27.096352.3300
    ANPR Fernando21.556623.0202
    AD Mathews13.052602.0010
    PVD Chameera14.016804.8503
    HMRKB Herath20.044822.4000
    DM de Silva3.001204.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-104 (SC Cook, 35.3 ov), 2-105 (D Elgar, 39.2 ov), 3-178 (HM Amla, 59.5 ov), 4-213 (JP Duminy, 70.6 ov), 5-225 (T Bavuma, 74.5 ov), 6-253 (F du Plessis, 83.6 ov), 7-276 (VD Philander, 94.4 ov), 8-276 (KA Maharaj, 95.3 ov), 9-281 (KJ Abbott, 96.2 ov), 10-286 (Q de Kock, 98.5 ov)
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    3.2 dragged on! Abbott strikes early. Full outside off, Karunaratne is lured into the drive, foot wasn't to the pitch, playing away from his body and the inside edge crashes into leg stump 10/1
    21.5 the appeal is upheld this time! But Silva has called for the review. A straight delivery, takes him on the front pad as he comes forward. Nipped back a touch, hit the knee roll. Height doesn't look an issue. Philander was convinced, he didn't even turn to the umpire as he appealed. And it's smashing middle. Lovely bowling, away, away, away and then the one which holds its line. 61/4
    6.2 and there's that edge! Was only a matter of time. That was a pretty horrid innings. Back of a length outside off, a hint of width, Perera throws his hands through an attempted square drive and provides a simple chance for de Kock 19/2
    7.6 drives, edges, good catch from de Kock! Full outside off, Mendis can't resist a drive this time, wasn't really full enough and the feet didn't move much either. A thick outside edge and de Kock leaps in front of first slip to snaffle it 22/3
    31.1 edged, taken at third slip! That will help lift Rabada. A loose poke from the Sri Lanka captain. It was full, quite wide outside off, Mathews pushing well away from his body and the edge is grabbed low down by Elgar 94/5
    41.3 gone this time! Chandimal called for the review, but more out of hope than expectation. It looked out. Tight for the no-ball, but's fine. Nips back to beat the inside edge, misses the front pad and hits the back one. May have glanced front pad, actually, but looks very good for Philander. Yes, hitting middle two-thirds of the way up. More classy bowling from Vern as the nip-backer brings reward 121/6
    57.1 what a start! Edged behind. A pearler of a delivery to get first ball of the day. Pitches just back of a length at off stump, moves away late, squares up de Silva, and nicks the outside edge. Can really blame the batsman there, feet slightly slow first up but was a lovely delivery 181/8
    50.1 and he's given this time! Misses the reverses sweep, the ball is full and straightened into off stump. Dar's finger is raised. Impact was umpire's call. Lbw 9999 157/7
    64.5 and that's done it...pushing without any footwork at a length delivery outside off and this time it takes the edge, offers a simple waist-high catch to Amla at first slip 205/10
    57.6 and another! Five for Big Vern. A very soft shot from Lakmal. Full and straight, just clips a catch low to mid-on. The bottom hand took over. They are checking the no-ball but he is fine 185/9
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    Extras
    12 (lb 4, nb 3, w 5)
    TOTAL
    205 all out (64.5 Overs, 310 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander20.074552.2502
    KJ Abbott21.546332.8800
    K Rabada13.036314.8411
    KA Maharaj10.033013.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-10 (FDM Karunaratne, 3.2 ov), 2-19 (MDKJ Perera, 6.2 ov), 3-22 (BKG Mendis, 7.6 ov), 4-61 (JK Silva, 21.5 ov), 5-94 (AD Mathews, 31.1 ov), 6-121 (LD Chandimal, 41.3 ov), 7-157 (HMRKB Herath, 50.1 ov), 8-181 (DM de Silva, 57.1 ov), 9-185 (RAS Lakmal, 57.6 ov), 10-205 (PVD Chameera, 64.5 ov)
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    57.6 well, that could change things for Chameera! Cook fiddling outside off, trying to angle the ball towards deep point or third man, feet stuck in the crease, playing well away from the body and provides a thin edge 245/3
    32.1 a breakthrough! A short ball outside off, Elgar tries to pull it over midwicket but just gets a top edge which loops to mid-on who only has to take a couple of steps to his left. Perhaps came on a little quicker than he expected 116/1
    50.6 and he's gone! There's the 10,000th lbw in Tests! Full, straight, Amla walking across his crease again, this time he misses and that was dead straight. He doesn't bother with a review 221/2
    62.4 edged, taken at slip! Lovely bit of bowling, and an offspinner gets Duminy. Pitched around off stump, JP came forward to play, was reaching for it a little. Didn't actually turn that much, just took the outside edge and it was a neat, low catch by the captain 267/4
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    64.4 and he has another! A bit of a limp dismissal. Bavuma just looking to work this into the leg side, it turns a little, gets an inside edge (or perhaps glove) into the pad and it loops to short leg for a dolly of a catch 277/5
    90.5 and this time he's given...and now it's de Kock's turn to review. De Kock went for a slog sweep, the full ball went under the bat and struck his front pad. Looks out on first replay. Hits in line and smashing middle. Herath has one. 10,001 lbws in Test cricket 406/6
    Extras
    20 (b 5, lb 2, nb 10, w 3)
    TOTAL
    406/6d (90.5 Overs, 373 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal18.026413.5500
    ANPR Fernando14.006514.6414
    AD Mathews4.001002.5000
    PVD Chameera15.008515.6622
    HMRKB Herath24.518413.3800
    DM de Silva15.009126.0600
    Fall of wickets:1-116 (D Elgar, 32.1 ov), 2-221 (HM Amla, 50.6 ov), 3-245 (SC Cook, 57.6 ov), 4-267 (JP Duminy, 62.4 ov), 5-277 (T Bavuma, 64.4 ov), 6-406 (Q de Kock, 90.5 ov)
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    32.4 oh no! A run out has broken the stand! Silva came down the pitch, drove into the covers. Confusion over the single. There was hesitation from both batsmen, after Silva had set off straightaway, the run was on. Then came the stutter from Karunaratne. He tries to save himself with a dive but is short of the crease. Duminy the fielder in the covers, moved quickly and threw off balance 87/1
    46.2 that's close, and given! Silva calls for the review. This nipped back from a fullish length, he wasn't that far forward. Height the issue. It's above the knee roll. No edge. And it's hitting leg stump flush on. Three reds. Dar gets it spot on 118/3
    34.6 one brings two! Surely that's the end of Perera at No.3. Going for a cut shot to ball just outside off, extra bounce from the rough, gets a top edge which is nicely held by de Kock. Didn't seem keen to take his time 93/2
    64.2 he's done it! That didn't take long. A bouncer from round the wicket, on a middle and leg line, Mendis tries to ramp it over the slips - he shuffled slightly to leg - and just gets a thin edge to the keeper 193/4
    85.4 given lbw! Mathews reviews. He moved across his stumps, missed his flick. Will he be saved by the angle? A prolonged appeal from Abbott and Oxenford's finger went up. No bat involved. Struck around the knee roll. And it's hitting a fair chunk of the bails. Umpire's call on height 246/6
    77.3 oh jeepers, what has he done! Chandimal has given it away near the close. Came down the pitch, trying to clear the in-field again, but can only pick out mid-on. Very similar to when he offered the chance to mid-off. 225/5
    89.3 and the finger goes up again! It's Abbott's morning. De Silva, being the last main line of defence, calls for the review. He'd shuffled across in front of all three. Nips back, takes him just above the roll. Bails, again, I'd say. He's a long way back. Yep, taking the top of the stumps. 258/7
    90.1 a lot has happened here! It's a brilliant catch to start with, Philander diving right across the pitch to get his left hand to the ball as Herath pops the ball back down the pitch. That's a stunning effort, ensures the ball doesn't pop out as he lands on the ground. But he seems to jar his shoulder in the process. Gets up rather slowly. The ball seemed to stop in the pitch, Herath early on his flat-footed poke. The ball looped to the on side and Philander managed to change direction his followthrough. 258/8
    93.3 and that's an edge, or glove in fact...short of a length at off stump, extra bounce, nips away and that's too good for a lower-order batsman who averages five. Sparring outside off, takes the thumb of the glove through to de Kock 274/9
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    96.3 and that's it! A beauty to win the Test. Pitches on middle, spins, beats the outside edge and takes the off stump. A delightful delivery for a left-arm spinner 281/10
    Extras
    11 (b 4, lb 3, nb 1, w 3)
    TOTAL
    281 all out (96.3 Overs, 434 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander22.056512.9500
    KJ Abbott20.063821.9020
    K Rabada21.047733.6611
    KA Maharaj30.378632.8100
    JP Duminy3.00802.6600
    Fall of wickets:1-87 (FDM Karunaratne, 32.4 ov), 2-93 (MDKJ Perera, 34.6 ov), 3-118 (JK Silva, 46.2 ov), 4-193 (BKG Mendis, 64.2 ov), 5-225 (LD Chandimal, 77.3 ov), 6-246 (AD Mathews, 85.4 ov), 7-258 (DM de Silva, 89.3 ov), 8-258 (HMRKB Herath, 90.1 ov), 9-274 (PVD Chameera, 93.3 ov), 10-281 (ANPR Fernando, 96.3 ov)

Match Notes

Fourth Innings Hero

69.75

Mathews' average in 4th inns of Tests. Only Bruce Mitchell, Jeffrey Stollmeyer and Bradman average higher (min 500 runs)

Tough ask

410

Most runs scored by SL in the 4th inn of a Test. This was scored against Aus at Hobart in 2007. Their highest 4th inn score in SA is 306.They need 488 to win.

Starting Strong

3

Number of centuries scored by Stephen Cook this year - Highest for any player from South Africa. Amla, Du Plessis and De Kock have 2 hundreds each.

Rare Feat

1

Instances of the same opening pair for RSA before Elgar and Cook to have 2 100+ run stands in both innings of a Test.Bob Catteral and Bruce Mitchell did so in 1929

Opening Salvo

1970

Last instance of the opening stand having 2 50+ run stands in a Test Match for RSA at Port Elizabeth. Barry Richards and Eddie Barlow added 157 and 73 against Aus

Favourite Team

17.34

Philander's average versus Sri Lanka in Tests. 2nd best against any team.He now has 3 five wicket hauls against SL, Aus and NZ.

bowlers' session

7/56

Score in the 1st session on the 2nd day of the Test at Port Elizabeth. Only six wickets fell on the 1st day and 267 runs were made.

Maiden five-for

0

No. of five-wicket hauls by Suranga Lakmal before this. He is playing his 32nd Test.

Getting starts, getting out

5

Instances of South Africa's top five all being dismissed between 20 and 65 in a Test innings. This is only the third such instance since their readmission

Amla's dip in form

49.92

Hashim Amla's career average; he needs to score 62 (if dismissed) in the 2nd innings to bring his average back up to 50

A long time coming

1970

The last time South Africa had a century stand for the first wicket here in Tests, before today: Eddie Barlow and Barry Richards added 157 v Australia

Fifty stand at last

16.25

SA's average opening stand in Port Elizabeth in their 12 previous Test innings from 2001. Their highest opening partnership in this period was 47