South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day December 28, 2011

Sangakkara ton keeps Sri Lanka in charge

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Sri Lanka 338 and 256 for 7 (Sangakkara 108, Chandimal 54) lead South Africa 168 by 426 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka came into this match facing the prospect of their first win-less year in Tests since 1997, and after the hammering in Centurion few predicted anything other than a straightforward win for South Africa in Durban. Three days into the game though, they are firmly on course for their first Test win in 16 attempts, and their first since the retirement of their greatest match-winner, Muttiah Muralitharan.

Kumar Sangakkara made his first important contribution of the series, while Thilan Samaraweera and Dinesh Chandimal made their second each of the game to steer Sri Lanka's lead towards match-winning proportions. Sangakkara's first century in South Africa left the home side needing to pull off a world record chase to end their Durban jinx.

Sangakkara, the world's No. 1 Test batsman, came into this innings with scores of 0, 1 and 2 in the series, and could have been dismissed on 3 in the day's first over. After overnight rain delayed the start of play by an hour, South Africa's quick bowlers were on top of their game in the morning. Morne Morkel sent an early warning, getting the first ball to zip past Sangakkara's outside edge. Three deliveries later he induced a nick only to see Mark Boucher's late dive distract Graeme Smith from pouching a catch at slip.

There are plenty of theories about what helps fast bowlers at Kingsmead. The Green Mamba is a usual suspect, but today the talk was about the change in wind direction that would help the ball jag around. It was overcast in Durban as well, but there was still no dramatic swing or seam for the South Africa fast bowlers.

That didn't stop them from probing away before lunch. Tharanga Paranavitana had a torrid time, regularly beaten outside off and struck on the back by a short ball. Eight of his nine runs came through not entirely assured glides past gully, before his innings ended with an edge to fourth slip.

When Mahela Jayawardene was dismissed soon after - padding up to a Marchant de Lange incutter which would have gone on to hit off stump - South Africa were sensing a way back into the game despite conceding a 170-run first-innings lead.

Sangakkara and Samaraweera made sure Sri Lanka remained firmly in charge, helped by a lacklustre bowling effort after lunch. Sangakkara had shown signs of his increasing confidence even before the break - whipping a gift from Jacques Kallis on the leg stump for four before upper cutting de Lange for another boundary - and he continued in the same vein.

He was given plenty of short deliveries outside off, which he comfortably slapped towards deep point. As the innings progressed, Sangakkara's classic drives started making an appearance. He was also positive against Imran Tahir, using the sweep effectively to blunt the legspinner. One of the other highlights of his innings was his judgment outside the off stump, repeatedly shouldering arms to frustrate the fast bowlers.

It helped Sri Lanka that Samaraweera wasn't his usual cautious self. Instead, fresh from his first-innings century, Samaraweera drove, cut and glanced boundaries on his way to an unusually brisk 43 before being undone by a slider from Tahir. Angelo Mathews then joined the long list of batsmen who played strokes to regret in this match, edging to Boucher after attempting to pull a short and wide delivery.

Fears of a collapse were averted as Sangakkara was supported by Chandimal. The 22-year-old Chandimal had shown in the first innings that he wasn't afraid of going for his shots, and that spirit was evident today as well. He slogged to midwicket and slashed over the slips as he went on to become the first Sri Lankan debutant to make a half-century in each innings of a Test. The highlight was a pull off Dale Steyn for four after some banter between the pair.

The 104-run stand with Sangakkara pushed the lead well beyond 400. Sangakkara already has 27 Test centuries, so they couldn't have been too many nerves in the nineties. Even if there were, he didn't have much time to dwell on it as Kallis presented him a couple of boundary-balls. The century came up with a square drive for two. It was the second hundred in the match for Sri Lanka, after they had managed only one in eight previous Tests in South Africa.

South Africa removed both Sangakkara and Chandimal towards the end of the day, but that hardly altered the match situation as Sri Lanka were still favourites to pull off one of their most famous Test wins.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • anon11 on December 29, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @ all the SL fans, pls refrain from insulting Mr. Kepler Wessels. He had an opinion and everybody has the right for that. Lets just forget and move on. even we won the match, still there are concerns in our balling dept, lets find solutions for that. Leave that guy alone. SL team has given a fitting reply to everybody who has been (unfair)critics ( including self declared cricket pandits from the neighbourhood) of our team. So SL fans need nt worry. Lets just celebrate the victory humbly.

  • Lion_Breed on December 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Mr. Kepler Vessels (Or Wessels or what ever...Sorry, haven't heard about you enough to get your name right, were you ever part of a world cup winnign squad..Oh my bad.. SA never won a cup eh .. ),

    Let us know if you would like us to send the under 19 SL team for the next match. Now it looks like SA cannot handle the SL National Squad.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    morkels,ashwell prince are a hinderance to the squad, put tsotsobe,duminy.

  • siabbasi on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Sanga!!! Ma Man. Super Knock!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    chandi is so so best,,Even when he was playing before 4 yaers bacl i said my friend this guy will play sri lanka.Bcos he has a very strong mind set up..Go on my dear

  • UmarFarook on December 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    We know Sanga a great player. He is another match winning player from SL like Murali. We welcome much exected win from SL after the exit of Murali. Weldone Sanga and SL. We need match winning bowlers.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @Rizwan-a : Wonderful comments brother. It is great to have have Sri Lankans like you amongst us. I hope Sri Lanka would win this test but irrespective of the result we will always be right behind our team.

  • ramz_01 on December 29, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Well well ppl dis s hw true lions cums @ u.they nvr barg like da ppl did b4 dis series they show hw good they war in cricket feild.lets 4gt dat ppl nd thnk abt hw SL came back aftr 1st test ws awsm.to won da toss nd bat aftr trashing had in 1st test ws awsm nd showd hw gud dis lions are.very funny to mr wessales talking abt SA A beating dis SL.BT MR WESSALES VERY SAD TO SAY SOUTH AFRICA NT WON HOME SERIES SINCE 2008 dat too agnst bangaladesh.i thnk Mr WESSALES FORGOTN THAt.just 4 a reminder Mr wessales :D

  • on December 29, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    This is purely an effort of players. Not coaches (how mayny we have guys?), selectors, or stupid ministers (who are there to 'approve' names of players). Pure effort to save the name of country. Mr Mahindananda, please stop your bad business inside board and let players to play with a free mind. Dear selectors, you could not assess the talen of Chandimal for 2 years; Thilan in last 2 tours and still do not know whts wrong with Upul Tharanga. You just dont continue dirty games inside SL cricket and let it be property of public. You just do you duty or please go home! Go!!!

  • stormy16 on December 29, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Finally runs when it mattered from SL and what a knock by Sanga and equally importatant contributions by Chandimal and Thilan in both innings. While SA got wickets, given the overcast conditions, I think they would be bitterly dissappointed at a 400+ lead. SA would have started with thoughts of bowling out SL cheaply but SL did really well. Although I dont see this happening, Dilshan should declare overnight and chase the 20 wickets. With bad light and rain bound to play a role in both days, hope he doesnt do meaningless things like against Pakistan in the last test, where SL batted for 40 minutes on the last day and then ran out of time after it rained in the desert. SA would still fancy chasing this down against this SL attack and I dont see the wicket playing a major role yet - just hope the weather gives cricket a chance.

  • anon11 on December 29, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @ all the SL fans, pls refrain from insulting Mr. Kepler Wessels. He had an opinion and everybody has the right for that. Lets just forget and move on. even we won the match, still there are concerns in our balling dept, lets find solutions for that. Leave that guy alone. SL team has given a fitting reply to everybody who has been (unfair)critics ( including self declared cricket pandits from the neighbourhood) of our team. So SL fans need nt worry. Lets just celebrate the victory humbly.

  • Lion_Breed on December 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Mr. Kepler Vessels (Or Wessels or what ever...Sorry, haven't heard about you enough to get your name right, were you ever part of a world cup winnign squad..Oh my bad.. SA never won a cup eh .. ),

    Let us know if you would like us to send the under 19 SL team for the next match. Now it looks like SA cannot handle the SL National Squad.

  • on December 29, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    morkels,ashwell prince are a hinderance to the squad, put tsotsobe,duminy.

  • siabbasi on December 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Sanga!!! Ma Man. Super Knock!!

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    chandi is so so best,,Even when he was playing before 4 yaers bacl i said my friend this guy will play sri lanka.Bcos he has a very strong mind set up..Go on my dear

  • UmarFarook on December 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    We know Sanga a great player. He is another match winning player from SL like Murali. We welcome much exected win from SL after the exit of Murali. Weldone Sanga and SL. We need match winning bowlers.

  • on December 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @Rizwan-a : Wonderful comments brother. It is great to have have Sri Lankans like you amongst us. I hope Sri Lanka would win this test but irrespective of the result we will always be right behind our team.

  • ramz_01 on December 29, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Well well ppl dis s hw true lions cums @ u.they nvr barg like da ppl did b4 dis series they show hw good they war in cricket feild.lets 4gt dat ppl nd thnk abt hw SL came back aftr 1st test ws awsm.to won da toss nd bat aftr trashing had in 1st test ws awsm nd showd hw gud dis lions are.very funny to mr wessales talking abt SA A beating dis SL.BT MR WESSALES VERY SAD TO SAY SOUTH AFRICA NT WON HOME SERIES SINCE 2008 dat too agnst bangaladesh.i thnk Mr WESSALES FORGOTN THAt.just 4 a reminder Mr wessales :D

  • on December 29, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    This is purely an effort of players. Not coaches (how mayny we have guys?), selectors, or stupid ministers (who are there to 'approve' names of players). Pure effort to save the name of country. Mr Mahindananda, please stop your bad business inside board and let players to play with a free mind. Dear selectors, you could not assess the talen of Chandimal for 2 years; Thilan in last 2 tours and still do not know whts wrong with Upul Tharanga. You just dont continue dirty games inside SL cricket and let it be property of public. You just do you duty or please go home! Go!!!

  • stormy16 on December 29, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Finally runs when it mattered from SL and what a knock by Sanga and equally importatant contributions by Chandimal and Thilan in both innings. While SA got wickets, given the overcast conditions, I think they would be bitterly dissappointed at a 400+ lead. SA would have started with thoughts of bowling out SL cheaply but SL did really well. Although I dont see this happening, Dilshan should declare overnight and chase the 20 wickets. With bad light and rain bound to play a role in both days, hope he doesnt do meaningless things like against Pakistan in the last test, where SL batted for 40 minutes on the last day and then ran out of time after it rained in the desert. SA would still fancy chasing this down against this SL attack and I dont see the wicket playing a major role yet - just hope the weather gives cricket a chance.

  • on December 29, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    This is really wonderful stuff to see sub-continent team are marching towards a glorious win in durban. as for sl this would be the first win in sa. sl in my presumption can overcome the odd days after great mutia was retired. it is obvious someome has to go in course of time, i think the present talent can harness the positive result with the two great players in sl line up. sanga and jaya are not only great in their own country but in world cricket. cricket is concern they are regarded as the best talent in all time. sl are going on transitional period, after couple of years they will get back their confidence and come out the result as well. well done sl. like to see the first win in sa soil.

  • Rizwan-a on December 29, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    What a show from Kumar. many mouths must have been shut by this time who comments pretty badly about the SL. I would say it was a show of Kumar,Thilan and Chandimal. any how they proved to the cricket world their no more underdogs in SA. As a Sri Lankans we never ever discourage our players still they played for our country without even get paying. this is the reason why we respect them no matter if they loose even. come on guys we salute you. keep going and keep our mother land front. wish you'll all the best

  • dsig3 on December 29, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Well SL have come good in this match. They havnt won yet but should win this easy. What the heck is happening to SA?

  • on December 29, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Sanga..turning a new leaf lately scripting test match hundreds in England and SA after 10 years in the circuit!28 th test match ton for him..what a player..Better still an old fashioned chap ,with a lot of character..on and off the field.what a tremendous advert for this GREAT GAME!

  • TYJAY on December 29, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    SA has its weaknesses. How Aussies came back and leveled the last test series played in SA.

    SA has history of failing in the world cups. Specially to SL team either in Semis or quarters.

    SA team is not a good team. They are pretty average team. Only one players in the side has above 50 batting average.

    They only good at making green, bouncy pitches and give trouble to visiting teams.

    You have seen that SA cannot play in flat pitches. Poor display of Cricket by South Africans.

  • TYJAY on December 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    I hope Sanga can hold on to number 1 position going into 2012!

  • TYJAY on December 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    I hope Sanga can hold on to number 1 position going into 2012!

  • TYJAY on December 29, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    I hope Sanga can hold on to number 1 position going into 2012!

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on December 29, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    feeling sorry about prasanna jayawardene, because of the injury he will going to be kicked out by chandimal.although if prasanna is there he won't play better than chandi.chandimal is the best emerging batsman, and signs of another great from srilanka

  • binojpeter on December 29, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    Go Lankans. Create history. You can do it.

  • binojpeter on December 29, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    Go Lankans. Create history. You can do it.

  • MDCP on December 29, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    weldone Kumar!!! such a fluent knock except for that early hick up.... true class,technique,elegance and maturity written over every run you scored!!! keep it up, Lets finish it!!! Go Sri Lanka!!!

  • Ameega on December 29, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    You my enthusiastic South African friend, Umesh Srinivasan, I can understand your feeling mate. Philander will be back soon and make your dreams come true in next match. Keep peace in mind.

  • on December 29, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Superb SL. Sorry Kepler it is time to eat your words. Geoff, a job well done. Aussies will win too.

  • on December 29, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    One question: when did Jacques Kallis last take a wicket? I don't recall him taking one in the last 3 series. He has performed heroically over the years with bat and ball, but he is pretty elderly now and SA needs to acknowledge that as soon as he comes on to bowl the pressure is off. Now is the time for one of Smith's classic 2nd innings centuries.

  • on December 28, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    SL after not winning a game in one and a half years are going to win in SA! Amazing stuff, the best thing to see personally is Samaraweera's performance, he has really improved his legacy here

  • NZMahesh on December 28, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Well done Kumar.Class, elegance and grace hasn't deserted you.You prove the pundits like ex Australian, South African that Sri Lankan are here to play competitive cricket.Well done done team.

  • NZMahesh on December 28, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Well done Kumar.This will silence few so call expert in south Africa like ex Australian South African.Class, elegance and grace is no match to loose talk .Well done Sri Lanka we all with you.

  • on December 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    congratulations mr.kandy

  • on December 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Great job Sri Lankans! As a South African it is a bit humbling to see your players give us a batting lesson or two on our own pitches.

  • on December 28, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    well done sanga and chandima............ let's finish it off

  • on December 28, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Proteas are definitely missing Philander, hope he recovers in time for the 3rd test at Cape Town

  • Synex_SL on December 28, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Hmm lead by 426 not bad :). Now we need a spirited bowling effort like the first innings and we are home and dry in Durban.

    Wonder where the 47 allout SAFers went. They were expecting the same this time and it would have been if boucher took that catch. But Kudos to Boucher and Smith for dropping it. I also would like to see some more rash shots in the seconed innings.

  • Rakim on December 28, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Maybe 50-60 more runs (4-6 rpo) and then declare.

  • JG2704 on December 28, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Strange game this cricket. I'd have had SA winning this series 3-0 , with their devastating bowling and SL's (of late) mediocre batting. As an England fan I'm hoping that it's more SA going off the boil that SL improving , but absolute fair play to SL for proving us all wrong.

  • on December 28, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    As Sri Lankans we never expected this team to beat this SA team. It should be very interesting if we have good support from the weather after all I wonder where Mr. Wessels is at this moment ;), Cricket is a strange game isn't it?. Finally about too many emphasis on Sangakkara scoring his maiden century in SA what i have to say is you don't win lotteries if you don't by lotteries do you? Sanga is just playing his 04th Test in SA and this is only the second series after 09 years. Even in the first visit he made two half centuries if i'm not mistaken and he was given out for 98 when the ball was pitched well outside leg in that game. It's self explanatory so it doesn't make sense to exaggerate on Sanga scoring his maiden century since its not due to inability or incompetence but due to lack of tours.

  • on December 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Dilshan has to emprove in his batting in Test Cricket because he keeps on getting low scores every time

  • SLMaster on December 28, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Well Done SL. If SL had been playing more often with SA they could have been much more prolific. Well done Chandimal !!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 28, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Sanga u should thank 2 Mark Boucher...............

  • siri1234 on December 28, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    dinesh chandimal really impressed me .wat a talent this young kid has .i think he will b a great batsman in future .i am also happy for herath who proved his critics wrong n performed well though i also myself wanted mendis to replace him after the first test .anyways

  • siri1234 on December 28, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    hats off to u sangakkara for taking us to a position of victory.i hope this victory really changes our attitude n may be the beggining of a really powerful era for srilanka cricket.now i think the selectors should be sacked coz the performance of samaraweera n chandimal shows that we lost last couple of series purely due to selection blunder n if samaraweera would hav been there for pak series we would hav atleast draw the series.

  • Aragorn_11 on December 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I knew I should've put a bet on India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan all beating Austrailia, SA and England....I'm still sticking by my guns....Subcontinent teams will beat the best of the rest teams

  • Lord.emsworth on December 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    If Sri Lanka win this match it will be more because of Samaraweera and Chandimal both past (& present?) victims of Duleep Mendis's horrible selection policy....Sam pulled the first innings together after the ususal top order flutter well supported by Chandimal who also took 3 smart catches, a stumping & gave away just 4 extras.

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    " Angelo Mathews then joined the long list of batsmen who played strokes to regret in this match" love that part

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    well done SL beat the SA and come back in the game good to see sangakara make the runs best of luck ................LONG LIVE SRI LANKA love from pakistan

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    SA needs to change some of the older players and look for all rounders to bolster the tail.So I think the following must go- Rudolph, Prince Morkel and Tahir to be replaced by Duniny,Botha,Philander and Lopsy.SA HAVE WILTED IN THIS TEST AND ARE WONDERING IF ITS FOOD OR WOMAN OR THE HEAT.We have a good squad but we need to think to the future and also we need to have highly motivated players not cricketers who throw their wickets away and the coach must iron out deficiencies all the time.Come on SA lets do it.

  • Nathan_123 on December 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Great knock by Sanga and congratulation on your first ever hundred in the S African soil. SA is one of the most difficult place for the batsmen if not the place. Yes! you will now go down as one the greatest. I also would like to congratulate Samaraweera and young Chandimal for their gutsy innings in both innings. I hope SL will go on to register their first ever win in SAfrica. This will boost the entire team, and make an interesting contest in the next game.

  • bMike on December 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Bias experts who have so many questions about Sangakkara's good records in subcontinents will never talk now. The reason Sangakkara has got most of his centuries in subcontinents is that he has got to play many matches there. There is no way he can choose the place that he plays.1st test against England in May this year was Sri Lanka's first test match outside Asia since April 2008.(It's more than 3 years). So how come Sangakkara gets more centuries outside Asia? When he gets opportunities to play outside Asia he gets centuries. First in NZ & Aus then in England & now in SA. WellDone Sanga!

  • Mfalme on December 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Well played Sanga. After a couple of near misses in SA in the past you thoroughly deserve a 100. Nevertheless, the manner in which you got out (not dismissed by the opponent but giving away the wicket) for whatever reason it may be, especially immediately after a wicket had fallen and the tail to follow was very disappointing. This type of attitude had been the downfall of SL batsmen in recent times. Like Thilan in the first innings you should have continued till the end. Good luck for the remainder of the tour.

  • Maduka43 on December 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Sanga in action!! It's always good to see, well said it Ben,

    Ben: "There are many people who like to label Sanga a 'flat-track bully'. Totally unjust i think. It's not his fault Sri Lanka play far more home tests than away tests, and his away record is continually improving. After this, now his first ton in South Africa, he has also added his first tons in both England and Australia on his last tours to those countries. He is a true genius, on all pitches!"

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Sangakkara is a stylish Asian player. It's 100% sure that Sri Lanka is going to win this test match!!! Best Regards for Sri Lanka

  • Black_Rider on December 28, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    You are the best Sanga...After he gave up wicket keeping his average is 70+.What a player.Hats Off mate.Samaraweera played another beautiful knock.Chandimal had a wonderful debut.He is a very talented player.He play fearless cricket.He will become one of the greats of the game.If Chandimal is reading this:::Please don't play in the IPL.It will ruin your career.All the best buddy.

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Sangakkara - The best test batsman in modern era...Since giving up wkt keeping he averages 74 ( 2006- 2011) !..

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  • on December 28, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Sangakkara - The best test batsman in modern era...Since giving up wkt keeping he averages 74 ( 2006- 2011) !..

  • Black_Rider on December 28, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    You are the best Sanga...After he gave up wicket keeping his average is 70+.What a player.Hats Off mate.Samaraweera played another beautiful knock.Chandimal had a wonderful debut.He is a very talented player.He play fearless cricket.He will become one of the greats of the game.If Chandimal is reading this:::Please don't play in the IPL.It will ruin your career.All the best buddy.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Sangakkara is a stylish Asian player. It's 100% sure that Sri Lanka is going to win this test match!!! Best Regards for Sri Lanka

  • Maduka43 on December 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Sanga in action!! It's always good to see, well said it Ben,

    Ben: "There are many people who like to label Sanga a 'flat-track bully'. Totally unjust i think. It's not his fault Sri Lanka play far more home tests than away tests, and his away record is continually improving. After this, now his first ton in South Africa, he has also added his first tons in both England and Australia on his last tours to those countries. He is a true genius, on all pitches!"

  • Mfalme on December 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Well played Sanga. After a couple of near misses in SA in the past you thoroughly deserve a 100. Nevertheless, the manner in which you got out (not dismissed by the opponent but giving away the wicket) for whatever reason it may be, especially immediately after a wicket had fallen and the tail to follow was very disappointing. This type of attitude had been the downfall of SL batsmen in recent times. Like Thilan in the first innings you should have continued till the end. Good luck for the remainder of the tour.

  • bMike on December 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Bias experts who have so many questions about Sangakkara's good records in subcontinents will never talk now. The reason Sangakkara has got most of his centuries in subcontinents is that he has got to play many matches there. There is no way he can choose the place that he plays.1st test against England in May this year was Sri Lanka's first test match outside Asia since April 2008.(It's more than 3 years). So how come Sangakkara gets more centuries outside Asia? When he gets opportunities to play outside Asia he gets centuries. First in NZ & Aus then in England & now in SA. WellDone Sanga!

  • Nathan_123 on December 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Great knock by Sanga and congratulation on your first ever hundred in the S African soil. SA is one of the most difficult place for the batsmen if not the place. Yes! you will now go down as one the greatest. I also would like to congratulate Samaraweera and young Chandimal for their gutsy innings in both innings. I hope SL will go on to register their first ever win in SAfrica. This will boost the entire team, and make an interesting contest in the next game.

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    SA needs to change some of the older players and look for all rounders to bolster the tail.So I think the following must go- Rudolph, Prince Morkel and Tahir to be replaced by Duniny,Botha,Philander and Lopsy.SA HAVE WILTED IN THIS TEST AND ARE WONDERING IF ITS FOOD OR WOMAN OR THE HEAT.We have a good squad but we need to think to the future and also we need to have highly motivated players not cricketers who throw their wickets away and the coach must iron out deficiencies all the time.Come on SA lets do it.

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    well done SL beat the SA and come back in the game good to see sangakara make the runs best of luck ................LONG LIVE SRI LANKA love from pakistan

  • on December 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    " Angelo Mathews then joined the long list of batsmen who played strokes to regret in this match" love that part