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
    not out
    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
    11 (b 4, lb 3, nb 1, w 3)
    281 all out (96.3 Overs, RR: 2.91, 434 minutes)
    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)
    VD Philander22.056512.9500
    KJ Abbott20.063821.9020
    K Rabada21.047733.6611
    KA Maharaj30.378632.8100
    JP Duminy3.00802.6600

Close of Play

  • Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 267/6 (Q de Kock 25*, VD Philander 6*, 90 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 181/7 (DM de Silva 43*, PVD Chameera 7*, 57 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 351/5 (F du Plessis 41*, Q de Kock 42*, 80 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 240/5 (AD Mathews 58*, DM de Silva 9*, 83 ov)
  • Fri, 30 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 281 (96.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Fourth Innings Hero


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

Tough ask


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Getting starts, getting out


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


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


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


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