South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day December 26, 2011

Sri Lanka batsmen put up improved show

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Sri Lanka 289 for 7 (Samaraweera 86*, Chandimal 58, de Lange 4-60) v South Africa
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Twenty-one-year-old tearaway Marchant de Lange joined the flood of exciting bowling talent coming in to Tests this year, but he couldn't prevent Sri Lanka from having their best day of the series in Durban. The oldest and youngest members in Sri Lanka's squad, Thilan Samaraweera and debutant Dinesh Chandimal, added 111 in the second half of the day after de Lange troubled the visitors with a pacy spell.

Tillakaratne Dilshan boldly set his floundering batting unit a challenge by choosing to bat on the usually fast-bowler friendly Kingsmead pitch. Several days of sunshine in the lead-up to the match, though, helped make the track flatter than normal, offering little swing for the quicks.

Dilshan's adventurousness continued when he batted - he attempted several flashy on-the-up drives, which he rarely middled though he also managed to avoid edging to the slip cordon. He and Tharanga Paranavitana saw off the challenge of a slightly out-of-sorts Dale Steyn and an improved Morne Morkel. But de Lange came on to transform the morning session.

Bowling off a surprisingly short run-up for someone who regularly hits the mid-140s, the 1.9m de Lange delivers the ball with a high-arm action that gives a trampoline effect to several of his deliveries. That, coupled with his tight line outside off, troubled Sri Lanka: first Paranavitana attempted a drive to a full ball, only to nick to the keeper, before Kumar Sangakkara got a peach that moved a hint away and forced him to play at, feathering through to Mark Boucher to give de Lange his second wicket in three deliveries.

Fears of a familiar Sri Lankan capitulation were eased as Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene set about rebuilding the innings. Dilshan's cavalier strokes started to come off, including a controlled pull off Steyn for four, and he also capitalised on some freebies from Imran Tahir. Jayawardene got the single he needed to become the first Sri Lankan to 10,000 Test runs and looked assured in the middle. One of the highlights of his innings was a flat six over square leg, off a short ball down the leg side from Tahir.

Dilshan was also given a hit-me ball by Tahir: a knee-high full toss outside leg stump. Dilshan, instead of taking advantage, slapped it straight to deep-backward square leg to end his innings on 47 and raise more questions about the captain's shot-selection. Jayawardene and Samaraweera struck a flurry of boundaries to take Sri Lanka to lunch without further damage. Soon after the break, though, Morkel was finally rewarded for his probing bowling, as he got one to swerve in and crash into Jayawardene's off stump.

For the fourth time in the day, Sri Lanka put on a promising partnership which ended before reaching 50. Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews picked off regular boundaries, some convincing, like a pull by Mathews off Steyn, and some unconvincing, like Samaraweera's streaky four to third man as he lifted his bat late. A gentle push by Mathews past mid-off for four brought up Sri Lanka's 150 before drinks, but just as the batsmen looked comfortable, a full toss did the job for South Africa again. de Lange was the beneficiary this time as Mathews punched it right back at the bowler.

Samaraweera dug in after that, but Chandimal didn't hold back. His first Test runs came off a cross-batted swat down the ground for four, and a volley of boundaries took him to 24 off 26. It wasn't all middle-of-the-bat stuff, though. He miscued one straight over the in-field and then nearly holed out in the final over before tea, as de Lange couldn't latch on to a mis-hit at mid-on.

The final session was almost all Sri Lanka as the partnership extended beyond 100. Samaraweera had his escapes against Tahir - a wrong no-ball call for overstepping on a delivery that resulted in a caught-and-bowled, Mark Boucher missed a stumping after the ball spun and kicked past the batsman and an edge landed just short of first slip - but he was more enterprising as well, lofting Tahir for boundaries down the ground soon after his half-century.

Chandimal was more controlled, preferring the singles though there were the occasional touches of audacity as well. A Steyn delivery was dabbed late to third man for four, Tahir was slogged to midwicket before a chop past point four brought up a half-century which rounded off a great day for debutants.

The light was fading and close of play was nearing when, yet again, South Africa were gift-wrapped a wicket. Morkel sent one short and well wide of offstump which Chandimal swished at without moving his feet, giving Boucher his third catch of the day. Samaraweera struggled with cramps and a testing spell from Steyn but remained on course for his first century outside Sri Lanka in nearly two years.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    THIS IS BEST CHANCE FOR SRI LANKA TO BLANK SOUTH AFRICA ,FIRST OF ALL I FEEL EXTREMELY SORRY FOR LAMENTING SRI LANKA IN 1 ST TEST AND SOME OF THEIR EARLIER LOSSES AGAINST AUS AND PAK BUT NOW HOW THEY CAME BACK STRONG ENOUGH

  • Habi on December 27, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @; Qayyum Shehzad, how can you say that SL will lose by innings? Do remember SL has scored good amount of runs on the board and SA is prone to choking under pressure. Also batting last on this wicket will be difficult. Its all up to SL bowlers to put SA in difficult position.

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    far from enough, you need to post 450+ to give sa a problem

  • drnaveed on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    sanga ,jay and samra are all above 34 years old and all are having a batting average above50 / innings. according to mr dileep mendis, samra is not a member of future SL cricket team plan,does mr dileep has any thing personal against samra. he was given a chance and see he is scoring more runs now than the other two.mr dileep should reconsider is plan and policy.................

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    it would be another inings loss for srilanka to me

  • Bruce_Robinson on December 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    I was impressed by both debutants yesterday. Chandimal played fearlessly and de Lange showed no nerves. I think both have a good future ahead of them. Chandimal, in particluar, looks a better player than the man he replaced. A much better performance from SL but it must still be concerning that batsmen are getting starts and then getting out (as opposed to being bowled out by unplayable deliveries). If SA can nick the last 3 out quickly then the game is evenly poised. I hope the weather doesn't deny us a result in this game because it's been set up nicely by SL's first innings.

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Here's why Australia will not give up the Boxing Day test to SA, first 2 days in Melbourne 120,000 people in the ground...first day at Kingsmead 5,000 and a dog.

  • dsklokuge on December 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Actually , Dilshan is not lucky captain . normally captain already read the game before they play , but Dilshan is not a good captain , I hope samaraweera will be captain of sri lankan scout. He always plays freely and get runs on the board . but since last world cup mahela , sanga and other batsmen didn't give fullest support to sri lankan score board. Might be several players should come to this scout .specially Ajantha Mendis . then we can see some improvement in Test. hope sri lanka will be back track soon . best wishes for sri lanka.

  • stormy16 on December 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    SA will be the happier team after SL gifted several wickets on a flattish track. Sanga got a peach but the rest of the batters just gifted their wickets and Mahela played a poor defensive shot to a good ball. On this wicket SL should have been looking for 400+ but when last did SL get anything near that score when it mattered. Chandimal looked good on debut and still needs to improve shot selection including the shocker to get out at a vital time in the game but he is something SL can look forward to. I expect SA to be in the lead at the end of the day but this wicket could break up later making batting awfully difficult. Unless SL are able to bring about some panic in the SA batting, they will be batting to save the game on a difficult wicket by the 4th day.

  • on December 27, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    The player who should have captancy of the test side is Samaraweera . Chandimal is the best young talent SL has. there is no player than chandimal who is both aggresive and can keep trust . But what is going on. They have to fight for a place in the team . Administrators should think a bit.

  • on December 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    THIS IS BEST CHANCE FOR SRI LANKA TO BLANK SOUTH AFRICA ,FIRST OF ALL I FEEL EXTREMELY SORRY FOR LAMENTING SRI LANKA IN 1 ST TEST AND SOME OF THEIR EARLIER LOSSES AGAINST AUS AND PAK BUT NOW HOW THEY CAME BACK STRONG ENOUGH

  • Habi on December 27, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @; Qayyum Shehzad, how can you say that SL will lose by innings? Do remember SL has scored good amount of runs on the board and SA is prone to choking under pressure. Also batting last on this wicket will be difficult. Its all up to SL bowlers to put SA in difficult position.

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    far from enough, you need to post 450+ to give sa a problem

  • drnaveed on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    sanga ,jay and samra are all above 34 years old and all are having a batting average above50 / innings. according to mr dileep mendis, samra is not a member of future SL cricket team plan,does mr dileep has any thing personal against samra. he was given a chance and see he is scoring more runs now than the other two.mr dileep should reconsider is plan and policy.................

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    it would be another inings loss for srilanka to me

  • Bruce_Robinson on December 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    I was impressed by both debutants yesterday. Chandimal played fearlessly and de Lange showed no nerves. I think both have a good future ahead of them. Chandimal, in particluar, looks a better player than the man he replaced. A much better performance from SL but it must still be concerning that batsmen are getting starts and then getting out (as opposed to being bowled out by unplayable deliveries). If SA can nick the last 3 out quickly then the game is evenly poised. I hope the weather doesn't deny us a result in this game because it's been set up nicely by SL's first innings.

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Here's why Australia will not give up the Boxing Day test to SA, first 2 days in Melbourne 120,000 people in the ground...first day at Kingsmead 5,000 and a dog.

  • dsklokuge on December 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Actually , Dilshan is not lucky captain . normally captain already read the game before they play , but Dilshan is not a good captain , I hope samaraweera will be captain of sri lankan scout. He always plays freely and get runs on the board . but since last world cup mahela , sanga and other batsmen didn't give fullest support to sri lankan score board. Might be several players should come to this scout .specially Ajantha Mendis . then we can see some improvement in Test. hope sri lanka will be back track soon . best wishes for sri lanka.

  • stormy16 on December 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    SA will be the happier team after SL gifted several wickets on a flattish track. Sanga got a peach but the rest of the batters just gifted their wickets and Mahela played a poor defensive shot to a good ball. On this wicket SL should have been looking for 400+ but when last did SL get anything near that score when it mattered. Chandimal looked good on debut and still needs to improve shot selection including the shocker to get out at a vital time in the game but he is something SL can look forward to. I expect SA to be in the lead at the end of the day but this wicket could break up later making batting awfully difficult. Unless SL are able to bring about some panic in the SA batting, they will be batting to save the game on a difficult wicket by the 4th day.

  • on December 27, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    The player who should have captancy of the test side is Samaraweera . Chandimal is the best young talent SL has. there is no player than chandimal who is both aggresive and can keep trust . But what is going on. They have to fight for a place in the team . Administrators should think a bit.

  • Habi on December 27, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Well played SRL. However Dilshan took brave decision to bat first not intimidated by greent pitch. Though the pitch is green its a battin wicket if the batters spend some time. Batting last is difficult on this wicket. Now SA has every chance for being 0-4 at Durban once their happy hunting ground, if only SL bowlers keep tight line & length. Umpire erred for wrong no-ball call but gud batting by TS. Smith should have opted for DRS (donno if no-ball can be challenged with DRS). SA batting is vulnerable & particularly Smith against left arm seamers. A good come back by SL. Dillly should play responsible atleast in second go. Bundle out SA aeap. Overall a good cricket by both the teams.

  • ratedstfu44 on December 27, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera is the most under rated batsman behind sanga-mahela-dilshan. i am happy that now people will realize he can adjust to any condition.

  • on December 27, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Initially Samaraweera also leftout of SA tour,and later included.I think now SL selectors will realize their mistake.If he included against PAK the results could have 0-0 (specially he is playing very well against PAK).Imagine if Samaraweera not included in this tour.Samaraweera also made a mistake here.He should not take that single.If not SL could have 289/6.Anyway still there is lot of changes has to be make SL team.They remove Dilshan from Captaincy.Should give permanent place to Chandimal.Ajantha is a match winner and have to play continuesly.Herath is a decent bowler but not match winner.Can any body tell me How many MOM or MOS award get by Herath.But Ajantha once he became the Man of the Series as well.And also they have to remove Dilhara as well.If they can do these changes SL will come again to normal and will do wonders.All the best SL.

  • on December 27, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Just look at this side.. Upul Tharanga(Opener), TM Dilshan (Spin All rounder/Opener), Kumar Sangakkara (3), Mahela Jayawardane (4), Thilan samaraweera (Capt. @5), Anjelo Mathews (Wise Capt. & pace bowling All rounder @ 6), Dinesh Chandimal (Wicket Keeper/ Batsman @ 7), Nuwan Kulasekara (Opening Bowler R/A Fast Medium, special ability to bring the ball in to right handers, handy with the bat @ 8), Rangana Herath (slow left arm bowler, special ability to deliver stock ball/ arm ball troubling right handers, handy with bat @ 9), Chanaka Welagedara (Opening bowler L/A Fast medium, special ability to move the ball in and away from left handers) & Ajantha Mendis (R/A finger spin with lot of verities including carom ball that troubled world class left handers in past)

    Don't they pose a good team..and won't they do well against any opposition? All these players are now fit (including kulasekara) and available for selection..what these selectors are thinking of is only known to them.Contd.

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Samaraweera is the real test batsman, but sometime sl omitted him from the test series, now he slapped the sl selectors by showing his performance at Durban test. I am a admire of Samaraweera and the way he batted the innings always the learning for the new commers. I think he has still some couple of years left to move around the test arena. So sl selectors are no more enjoy their fancies to leave him from the test series.

  • ShehanJay on December 27, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Of course we have all ways heard about the glorious impossibilities in cricket. But I believe that this 2nd test will also end either on the 4th or 5th day...not withstanding rain... :D

  • satish619chandar on December 27, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Well.. Dilshan's innings set it up for SL.. He got out to a disappointing shot but hose players always takes risk and if it pays off, looks good if not they take criticism.. But it is his positive play that set the tone for the following batsmen.. Samaraweera proved why he is a vital cog in SL middle order especially when Sanga now slightly out of form and Mahela not in touch too.. Chandimal got a decent outing and he can go only up from here.. Good to see SL invest the long due confidence in him.. But, if the pitch is a flat one, this score is not going to be enough for SL.. Bowlers need to pull up soscks and deliver.. Not impressed by Tahir.. Harris would have atlease frustrated the batsmen with his restrictive bowling.. SA need to have Tahir if track assist spin or else stick with Harris.. Marchant si a awesome potential.. hope he comes out as expected!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    This pitch will be better to bat on as it speeds up. It was very slow on day 1, and some of the balls hardly carried through to Boucher. Most of the bouncers also just looped through instead of rising all the way. SL need to bat as long as possible because it looks like SA will get most of day 2 and probably day 3........which should be the best for batting. Did anyone see that No-Ball call where Thilan hit the ball back to Tahir for caught and bowled but it was called No-Ball? On replay it was a legal delivery. I have not seen that before. Wonder how DRS would adjudicate something like that?

  • zerotollerance on December 27, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal and samaraweera played brilliantly. Good show guys. Chandimal should be made permananent in the team in all formats o the game. Come on sanga get runs on the board no more excuses, stop talking and get runs.

  • on December 27, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Well said Mahesh. Where are these so called experts and armchair critics? I am sure fireworks will start during ODI. Well done SL. Dilshan keep it up.

  • ranilranathunga on December 27, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    What a waste, Chandimal doesn't have permanent position in the team still??? Selectors have wasted 2 years of him already

  • ChrisPerera on December 27, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    I think we have a problem with the selectors. It has proven with last few tours.

  • Sinaha on December 27, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    So now we all can understand the logic behind Tilan being dropped by selectors and those who were allowed to play regardless of their form still continues to struggle. He has always been the match savior for Sri Lanka and shows what an awesome player he is. The selectors must quit to save our cricket.

  • on December 27, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Well done .This is the spirited performance we wanted to see.Forget about winning or loosing,Fight for it until the end.Good luck.

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Show them what you can do. I am sure you have stopped comments from all your critics including Mr Wessels. I am glad this will not be over under 3 days as suggested by our Indian fans. What happened to the great SA team in their own backyard? Well done Thilan, Chandi, Angelo and Mahela. Lets see how other flat track bully play against Aussies in Melbourne. Again well done guys we are proud of you as fans putting up a great performance against a number 1 rated team in the world in their own backyard. People never expected you to get pass above 100.

  • qpsk123 on December 26, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Good to see some good batting by Thilan after criticism about his batting capabilities. Chandimal should have a permanent position than doing experiment. that guy has huge potential to succeed..

  • KosalaDeSilva on December 26, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    shame the way SL cricket played with players talent..they managed to mess up with Vass and then nearly Samaraweera..these politics inside make things terrible and worst. Only people never knew about cricket could say yes when they dropped Samaraweera, same about Vass. These people who wanted to drop vass said 130km/H is not fast enough..but look at world cricket...how many bowlers bowling in that speed... And the control he got in flat wickets, they just treat him like dust as he was not in their politics.....these people keep messing SL cricket and hope it will change soon..

  • mfer on December 26, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Mattews needs step up...He's playing as a specialist batsmen in test cricket so needs to produce big scores, 30s and 40s are not enough. I never considered him an all-rounder in test cricket even he's 100% fit to bowl. Make runs or break out.

  • lananad on December 26, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Hope SL selectors will realised now,Samaraweera should have been in test squad earlier series as well.SL got talent but need good administrators. They need either Sanga or Mahela to take over as capt for at least another 2 yrs or the test Capt should be Thilan. He is mentally tough and will lead by example.Also they have to bring Upul Tharanga to open in test instead of Para.God knows why he is out of the test squad. These simple changes will make them a competitive test side.Mendis should be in the test as well.best of luck Srilanka. Selectors please put the polictis behind and do a honest job for the sake of our Mother land.

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Samaraweera batted well. South Africa should consider, given what is available, a pace-only attack. Kallis and Duminy could make up the fifth bowler. Lopsy could be needed then for left-hand variation, and Steyn and Philander select themselves. That means Morkel, De Lange and Parnell vie for the final spot, with Morkel being the incumbent. A spinner could be added to the touring side for those spinner-friendly wickets. In England, Smith Rudolph Amla Kallis De Villiers Prince Duminy Boucher Steyn Philander Morkel Tsotsobe could be a very strong option....

  • ChandraPrince on December 26, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    I keep noticing that Sri Lankan batsmen keep thowing away their precious wickets! Dilshan should set a good example. Test cricket way different than Twenty20. Sri Lanka has so much talent, but they deploy it poorly.

  • IanJF on December 26, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Philander-less SAF made to toil.. Just wait till Sanga clix and there will be more to come..

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    where are those experts who added so many comments and tried to put SL into a school team.watch out experties......fire works still to come.......

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    It looks as if the SAbowlers are on the back foot.The great Steyn bowled 19 overs without any success.The debutant Delange did wonders by removing Sankakkara fo a duck & claiming 3 more. But looks better with Samaraveera taking charge from Sanka,Dilshan& Jayaverdene.

    sL need a win aAll the Best to both SreedharanMundanat

  • maddy20 on December 26, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Good to see that. If they can somehow get to 350 their bowlers will have something to work with. And if the bowlers they brought in are as good as they say they are, they should atleast manage to save it, if not win it!

  • tennakoon63 on December 26, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Somewhat a decent score for first day. Hope SL reach at least 325 before being all out.

  • ChandraPrince on December 26, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    It baffles me how timid and senseless some of Sri Lankan batsmen are! Why on earth Tesara Perera was in such a hurry to get out? Why does he squander his precious chances as a test crickter? Why does he play foolish shots. Why do any of these players have any good sense about what they must do?

  • Sinhaya on December 26, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka could have reached 400 if not for Chandimal's rash stupid shot! Hope Samaraweera bats cautiously and the score reaches 350 or so.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    The writer ends the article with "Samaraweera on course for his first century outside Sri Lanka for nearly two years". Do you know how many matches Samaraweera has played away from Sri Lanka in the last 2 years? This is only the 5th match. (3 match series vs England + 2 tests here in SA) Don't try to create a wrong impression by stating half cooked stats please.

  • ratedstfu44 on December 26, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    dilshan-sanga-mahela-angelo no contribution from them. They can only blame themselves

  • aahahaa on December 26, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    exciting prospects Chandimal and De Lange. seen enough cricket to say will go a long way both. Chandimal has the heart for the hard grind (the top hook he played of Kallis said it all), and De Lange , measured (was he a Javelinist if I am not wrong earlier) and accurate, wow what a talent. with Donald in the camp he will only improve. fearless both. Umesh and Ishant both bowling beautifully today, what a day of Test Cricket it has been today. If only the bloody ICC could help the bowlers a bit, this game would be much enjoyable.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    The real difference between South Africa and Sri Lanka in this series has been the top-order batsmen under trying conditions. Today was completely different with batting-friendly conditions offering less help for the bowlers. The bowlers have 'shone' in this series but those with the knowledge know that under those conditions it was about the top-order batsmen, and Sri Lanka did much worse than South Africa there. In the second test SL's bowlers were simply tired out to breaking point by South Africa's openers, allowing De Villiers to cash in. Parnell was unlucky to miss out on this opportunity but De Lange grabbed it with both hands. He was calm and physically incredibly strong. What do they feed these super-youngsters? I just wonder whether they can sustain it at this young age - Cummins is already suffering. Paul Harris was 'unlucky' to lose his test spot but surely now his value must be getting through to the politically over-correct selectors?

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Way to go SL. 350+ score will be great!!!

  • Deepfreezed on December 26, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    SRI selectors should be egged faced again. The hopeless selection committee had no clue of proper player selection.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Smaraweera's performances since is come back are a slap on selectors face who did not include him the series against Paksitan. Every one including us pakistanies, said then that if Smaraweera was present, no way pakistan could have won that series. It only happens in Asian countries that selections are influenced by other factors than the game itself.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Nice 2 see some score on the board under sri lanka ...... but they need 2 build the partnerships what they have started and lost it halfway 2 win matches ........... gud luck 4 the rest f the match .............

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    well played Chandimal & Thilan..SRi Lanka would have been like 300-4 or something if they didnt throw wkts

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    You might want to edit the last paragraph to accurately reflect the last few overs of play. Morkel got rid of Chandimal and de Lange ended the day by taking care of Perera. Steyn bowled a testing spell and was unlucky not to get a wicket.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    imran tahir has been exposed here . all the talks about him being very good leg spinner capability of taking wkts any time is looking a joke to me . 87 runs for 1 wkt . hmmm . from the series against aus to first test, fast bowlers were doing work for sa & tahir picks only one or two lower order wkt . i remeber him celebrating wildly when he gets a tailender out in second innings of sl in last test . well done sl . a good fighting innings from chandimal .

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Great news at last for Sri Lanka!!! At last, "Chandimalogy the Prodigy" has arrived to the big dance!!!

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  • on December 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Great news at last for Sri Lanka!!! At last, "Chandimalogy the Prodigy" has arrived to the big dance!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    imran tahir has been exposed here . all the talks about him being very good leg spinner capability of taking wkts any time is looking a joke to me . 87 runs for 1 wkt . hmmm . from the series against aus to first test, fast bowlers were doing work for sa & tahir picks only one or two lower order wkt . i remeber him celebrating wildly when he gets a tailender out in second innings of sl in last test . well done sl . a good fighting innings from chandimal .

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    You might want to edit the last paragraph to accurately reflect the last few overs of play. Morkel got rid of Chandimal and de Lange ended the day by taking care of Perera. Steyn bowled a testing spell and was unlucky not to get a wicket.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    well played Chandimal & Thilan..SRi Lanka would have been like 300-4 or something if they didnt throw wkts

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Nice 2 see some score on the board under sri lanka ...... but they need 2 build the partnerships what they have started and lost it halfway 2 win matches ........... gud luck 4 the rest f the match .............

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Smaraweera's performances since is come back are a slap on selectors face who did not include him the series against Paksitan. Every one including us pakistanies, said then that if Smaraweera was present, no way pakistan could have won that series. It only happens in Asian countries that selections are influenced by other factors than the game itself.

  • Deepfreezed on December 26, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    SRI selectors should be egged faced again. The hopeless selection committee had no clue of proper player selection.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Way to go SL. 350+ score will be great!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    The real difference between South Africa and Sri Lanka in this series has been the top-order batsmen under trying conditions. Today was completely different with batting-friendly conditions offering less help for the bowlers. The bowlers have 'shone' in this series but those with the knowledge know that under those conditions it was about the top-order batsmen, and Sri Lanka did much worse than South Africa there. In the second test SL's bowlers were simply tired out to breaking point by South Africa's openers, allowing De Villiers to cash in. Parnell was unlucky to miss out on this opportunity but De Lange grabbed it with both hands. He was calm and physically incredibly strong. What do they feed these super-youngsters? I just wonder whether they can sustain it at this young age - Cummins is already suffering. Paul Harris was 'unlucky' to lose his test spot but surely now his value must be getting through to the politically over-correct selectors?

  • aahahaa on December 26, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    exciting prospects Chandimal and De Lange. seen enough cricket to say will go a long way both. Chandimal has the heart for the hard grind (the top hook he played of Kallis said it all), and De Lange , measured (was he a Javelinist if I am not wrong earlier) and accurate, wow what a talent. with Donald in the camp he will only improve. fearless both. Umesh and Ishant both bowling beautifully today, what a day of Test Cricket it has been today. If only the bloody ICC could help the bowlers a bit, this game would be much enjoyable.