Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    5.6 gottim, leg stump cartwheels back! Philander pumps his fists as Karunaratne tucks his bat under his arm and walks off without a backward glance. The pressure was too great, he was looking to drive but beaten by the inswing, a thick inside edge taking it back into the timber - loose stroke, certainly, but Philander had earned it for a thorough working over 11/1
    23.2 banged in, Silva fends at the ball, it lobs to short leg - up goes the finger! He doesn't review and replays confirm is came off the glove, SA chip out another, Silva's dogged resistance brought to an end. The delivery rose brutishly from back of a length and it was all he could do to get his hands in the way of his face 66/3
    9.3 edged, caught at third slip! Easy as you like, really. A tempting length, full outside off but not a half volley, Mendis can't resist the drive on the up and the thick edge is taken at chest height 25/2
    25.3 full and straight, thumps into the pads, given! No review from de Silva, though it looked a bit leg side to me... and Hawk-Eye quickly shows that it was missing leg stump by a distance, not even umpire's call - but by now de Silva has practically crossed the rope! Shockers all round but Rabada has another and SL are four down 69/4
    47.6 and now he's gone as well! Five for Rabada. Short of a length outside off, Mathews trying to drive off the back foot, done by some extra bounce and provides another simple catch for de Kock 166/7
    45.1 picks out square leg! Another horridly loose dismissal from Chandimal. A ball angling into the pads, he goes to flick it away, can't keep it down and it's a simple catch for Cook who is stationed just in front of square 144/5
    47.1 bottom edge! Pushed across wide outside off, he went for the cut, the ball may have kept a fraction low and it snicks the bottom edge through to de Kock 165/6
    not out
    51.5 and that's ten in the match! Excellent follow-up delivery. Short-of-a-length at off stump, Lakmal can't deal with the bounce and it feathers off the glove to de Kock 178/8
    58.5 gottim, stumped on the charge, SL nine down! Maharaj might have seen him coming, fired through wide of off stump as Kumara made room to try and flay through the covers, de Kock snaffled it and finished the job in a blink 211/9
    61.6 bowled 'im, off stump pegged back! Philander finishes it, South Africa win by 282 runs and take the series with a Test to play 224/10
    13 (b 6, lb 5, nb 2)
    224 all out (62 Overs, RR: 3.61, 288 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (FDM Karunaratne, 5.6 ov), 2-25 (BKG Mendis, 9.3 ov), 3-66 (JK Silva, 23.2 ov), 4-69 (DM de Silva, 25.3 ov), 5-144 (LD Chandimal, 45.1 ov), 6-165 (WU Tharanga, 47.1 ov), 7-166 (AD Mathews, 47.6 ov), 8-178 (RAS Lakmal, 51.5 ov), 9-211 (CBRLS Kumara, 58.5 ov), 10-224 (ANPR Fernando, 61.6 ov)
    KJ Abbott15.034603.0600
    VD Philander14.014833.4201
    K Rabada17.035563.2301
    KA Maharaj16.036414.0000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 2-0

Player of the match

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 18:00

Match days

2,3,4,5 January 2017 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Mon, 2 Jan - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 297/6 (Q de Kock 68*, KJ Abbott 16*, 90 ov)
  • Tue, 3 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 35/0 (SC Cook 15*, D Elgar 19*, 11 ov)
  • Wed, 4 Jan - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 130/4 (AD Mathews 29*, LD Chandimal 28*, 40 ov)
  • Thu, 5 Jan - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 224 (62 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Wickets Galore


Number of bowlers to take 10 wickets in a match for South Africa against SL before Kagiso Rabada. Philander took 10 for 102 in Durban in 2011.

Hometown Hero


Number of five wicket hauls for Kagiso Rabada at home. In 12 innings he has gone wicketless only once. He now has 40 wickets at home.

tough ask


Highest score made by SL ever in the 4th innings of a Test. They need to score 507 to win this match.

Can Lakmal do it?


The last instance when 2 fast bowlers from SL took a five wicket haul in a Test- AK Kuruppuarachchi and Ravi Ratnayeke took 5 each against Pak in Colombo.

Consistent openers


Consecutive tests at home in which the SA openers have scored two 50+ scores - Elgar (129 & 55), Cook(59 & 117) and De Kock ( 82 & 50)

Batsmen Falter


Partnership runs added for the 2nd to the 10th wickets in Sri Lanka's first innings - Their worst vs SA in Tests.

Fifty and counting!!


Number of Tests taken for Kagiso Rabada to reach 50 wickets. He is the tenth fastest from South Africa to reach this mark

Pacers for SL in SA


Number of fast bowlers from SL to get a 5 wicket haul in SA. Lahiru Kumara joins Welegedara, Fernando and Lakmal to this feat.

Superb Start


Number of innings taken for De Kock to score 1000 Test runs. - Joint fifth quickest for SA behind G Smith,De Villiers,Barlow,G Pollock and Faf Du Plessis

Can he continue his form?


De Kock's average in 2016- Highest for any player from SA. He had 7 fifty plus scores and scored at a strike rate of 78.61