Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa won by 10 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

10.25am Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen are out in the middle, Chanaka Welegedara has the ball. We're all set for the decider. "Play," says umpire Rod Tucker. But there's a slight delay as Welegedara has to pull out of his run-up as Smith isn't happy with the sightscreen.

10.20am Rama: "Cruel to drop Merchant de Lange. Instead Imran Tahir or Morkel should have been dropped." I think the right decision was made, though, despite de Lange's eight wickets in Durban. Would have been a big call to leave out Morkel, who has grown to become a vital part of the attack.

Geoff Marsh: "It's a good reward for a lot of hard work. We had a good day off after the win but have been working hard since. First day of the Test is always important, South Africa will challenge, and we've got to be ready. We know what South Africa are capable of. We've got five days of Test cricket to come, if we play well enough and consistently enough, we'll get the result."

10.10am Gary Kirsten: "We are looking forward to this game, we are disappointed with our performance in our previous game. It's a lovely occasion for Jacques (referring to his 150th Test). We are quite conmfortable batting first. We need to put a competitive total on board and put Sri Lanka under pressure. Sri Lanka are a competitive side, they have a lot of pride in their cricket, it would have been be naive to think this would be an easy series."

Jacques Kallis hasn't been his usual indomitable self during the home summer this season. Perhaps this match - his 150th Test, that too at his home ground - will be where he'll be back at his best. He's the sixth player to reach the landmark, and the first South African.

Mark Boucher isn't too far away from 150 Tests himself, but it remains to be seen whether he'll get there. More than that, I'm really looking forward to him getting to a 1000 international dismissals as a keeper.

10.05am HD Ackerman says on Ten Cricket that he is surprised by Sri Lanka's decision to bowl as the first day at Cape Town is usually a batting day when the sun is out.

Robin Jackman says the pitch could be a bit two-paced. There are also a few cracks around the off stump (when bowling from Wynberg end) which could trouble the batsmen if they widen overt he course of the Test. There's some grass on the track, and it remains to be seen how much assistance that gives the bowlers early on.

10.00am Toss time Heads is the call, Sri Lanka win and opt to bowl. Dilshan says "there's a little bit of grass", and the rain over the past couple of days prompted him to choose to bowl. Dilhara Fernando is ruled out with injury, and Dhammika Prasad replaces him. Chandimal is fit and he will play.

The other change is that Lahiru Thirimanne replaces opener Tharanga Paranavitana. It's been a rough ride for Paranavitana over the past few months, just three Test half-centuries in 18 innings or so.

Graeme Smith says he doesn't mind batting first. Petersen confirmed at the top of the order, Rudolph slots in at No. 6. Philander returns in place of de Lange.

9.45am Hello and welcome to the final Test of the South Africa-Sri Lanka series. Before the Sri Lankans arrived, it was widely expected that this match might be a dead rubber, but Sri Lanka surprised everyone with a comfortable victory in Durban.

Our South African correspondent Firdose Moonda has a raft of updates from Cape Town. First the weather: "Its a lovely day in cape town. Blue skies and sun but not boiling hot, quite crisp."

About the surface: "The pitch did have quite a bit of green but most of it was getting cut off yesterday. "

On the crowd: "The first day is apparently a sell out."

Teams: "South Africa have two changes. Alviro Petersen comes in to open the batting in place of Jacques Rudolph, who moves to No. 6 at Ashwell Prince's expense. Vernon Philander replaces Marchant de Lange.

For Sri Lanka, Dilhara Fernando is likely not to play because of knee pain so Dhammika Prasad will come in. Also, Dinesh Chandimal's elbow was a worry."

0.1

Welegedara to Smith, no run, gets the first ball to seam away from a back of a length, outside off and Smith is happy to leave

Three slips lie in wait

0.2

Welegedara to Smith, no run, a touch fuller this time, again outside off and again Smith shoulders arms

0.3

Welegedara to Smith, 1 run, first run of the match, a pitched up delivery on the pads, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

Petersen to face his first ball in Tests, in nearly a year. His previous Test was the Cape Town game against India

0.4

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, good line from Welegedara, just outside off and that is left alone

0.5

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, no major movement for Welegedara, just a touch back towards the stumps, defended to the leg side

0.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, this carries on with the angle, tidy without being threatening in that over, last ball was left alone outside off

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0
AN Petersen    0* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)     

Thisara Perera shares the new ball

1.1

Perera to Smith, no run, grunts as he bowls his first ball, short of length just outside off, defended by Smith

1.2

Perera to Smith, no run, well outside off, Smith raises the bat over his head as he lets that through

Vivek Bhandari: "It's important for the Sri Lankans not to get carried away with the win in the Durban Test. Their job is only half-done. As an Indian, I've gone through this when India won at Durban in 06-07, and know what it feels like. The Newlands is SA's fort and it would be very difficult to keep them at bay."

1.3

Perera to Smith, no run, Smith doesn't have to play again, that is outside off, a length delivery

1.4

Perera to Smith, 1 run, on middle and off this time, Smith shuffles and works it around to deep backward square leg

Petersen takes a middle-stump guard

1.5

Perera to Petersen, no run, length ball on offstump, Petersen defends solidly

Perera grunts on every delivery, but it nowhere in the Shahadat Hossain range when it comes to loudness

1.6

Perera to Petersen, no run, in the channel outside off, Petersen content to shoulder arms

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 2/0
AN Petersen    0* (5b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    2* (7b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-1-0

2.1

Welegedara to Smith, FOUR, the first boundary of the match, an overpitched ball is timed wonderfully to the midwicket boundary, Smith worked that from outside off

2.2

Welegedara to Smith, 2 runs, slightly wider this time from Welegedara, punched towards extra cover by Smith, fieder has a short chase before stopping the ball

2.3

Welegedara to Smith, FOUR, ten off three balls in this over, Test or T20? Welegedara drops in a short ball, at his pace this was an easy put away for Smith, one of his trademark muscular pulls for four

2.4

Welegedara to Smith, 1 no ball, Welegedara oversteps this time, pushed to the off side by Smith

2.4

Welegedara to Smith, no run, a bit of swing, this one was well outside off, Smith chases it and ends up pushing it towards cover

2.5

Welegedara to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended back towards the bowler, Smith shouts a loud 'Nooo,' in case Petersen was thinking of a single

Kamal: "I have a request. If a bowler is about to start a spell, please write his full name. For example "Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara has the ball." That sounds like a punishment, more than a request.

2.6

Welegedara to Smith, FOUR, and another boundary to end the over, 15 off it, punched down the ground past mid-off by Smith, he's now moved on to 16 off 14, once again it was overpitched, minimum fuss from Smith as he puts it away

End of over 3 (15 runs) South Africa 17/0
GC Smith    16* (14b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-16-0
AN Petersen    0* (5b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-1-0

3.1

Perera to Petersen, no run, loud appeal for lbw but that's turned down, it was slanting down the leg side , hit Petersen on the pads in front of leg but the angle was taking the ball further down, Petersen was looking to clip that ball to midwicket

3.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, outside off and that is left alone by Petersen

3.3

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, pitched up by Perera, 133.4kph, and Petersen joins the party with a drive down the ground, beautifully timed as he gets it to the right of the bowler to pick up a boundary

3.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, good delivery this, just outside off, Petersen is confident enough to leave that one

3.5

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, this is a not as good a delivery, more delectable timing from the South Africans, this was on the pads, Petersen nudges that to the square leg boundary, the outfield seems pretty quick despite the rain over the past couple of days

3.6

Perera to Petersen, no run, a bottom-edge as Petersen looks to defend a ball outside off, on to the pads, before the ball rolls towards gully

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 25/0
AN Petersen    8* (11b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0
GC Smith    16* (14b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-16-0

Dhammika Prasad comes in. Only a two-over spell for Welegedara

4.1

Prasad to Smith, OUT, what a return to the side for Prasad, first ball wicket, Smith was looking to cut that one, edges it on to the stumps, Smith will be distraught being dismissed by that harmless delivery, it was short of a length and not too far from the stumps, Smith went for the cut, doesn't middle it and leg stump is on the gorund

GC Smith b Prasad 16 (21m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.66

4.2

Prasad to Amla, no run, Amla is solid as he defends his first delivery, a length ball from Prasad

4.3

Prasad to Amla, no run, a little bit of seam movement away for Prasad, 138kph, full ball outside off, left alone by Amla

4.4

Prasad to Amla, no run, back of a length ball around off stump, solidly defended off the back foot to the off side

Gert: "Kamil has a point. I've noticed that when Morne Morkel, Merchant de Lange and Imran Tahir bowl that their names are written out in full." Ha!

4.5

Prasad to Amla, no run, length ball on middle and off, blocked towards the bowler

4.6

Prasad to Amla, no run, 137.6kph to end the over, a length ball outside off, Amla shoulders arms to that

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) South Africa 25/1
HM Amla    0* (5b)      KTGD Prasad    1-1-0-1
AN Petersen    8* (11b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0

5.1

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended off the front foot

Shivang: "Couple of baffling decisions by two sub-continent captains during toss today. One has already paid for, the other's in the queue." It's early days yet, Shivang.

5.2

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, driven down the ground by Petersen, the bat face closes this time as he drives down the ground, it's four runs but not as pretty a shot as his previous straight drive

5.3

Perera to Petersen, no run, outside off, and Petersen is happy to leave

5.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, closer to off stump this time, Petersen defends solidly to the off side

5.5

Perera to Petersen, no run, too far outside off to interest Petersen this early in the match

5.6

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball, closer to the off again, Petersen blocks off the front foot

Granville Sacks: "To Mr J Kallis,

Well done Sir you have served your country like a Champion and we all Salute you. We would like to wish you luck in this test match and we know that you will have your mind and eye on a glourious TON. Good Luck to all the Proteas, and make us and yourselves PROUD!!"

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 29/1
AN Petersen    12* (17b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-13-0
HM Amla    0* (5b)      KTGD Prasad    1-1-0-1

6.1

Prasad to Amla, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Amla defends from the crease towards mid-off

6.2

Prasad to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets going with a boundary, he too helps himself to a four between the bowler and mid-on, again it was too full from Prasad, nice way to get off the mark for Amla

Dan: "In response to Gert: Actually, Tahir's full name is Mohammad Imran Tahir, so there's no bias in his case..."

6.3

Prasad to Amla, FOUR, lovely from Amla, short of length ball on the pads, Amla clips it towards midwicket for a boundary, right off the middle of the bat, when in form Amla manages to make batting look so simple and stylish

6.4

Prasad to Amla, no run, the response from Prasad to the two boundaries is a bouncer, around legstump line, Amla has to duck early and he does

6.5

Prasad to Amla, no run, another short ball, this time it gains too much height to trouble the batsman

6.6

Prasad to Amla, no run, outside off and that is left alone by Amla

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africa 37/1
HM Amla    8* (11b 2x4)      KTGD Prasad    2-1-8-1
AN Petersen    12* (17b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-13-0

A change of ends for Welegedara

7.1

Welegedara to Petersen, 1 run, on the pads, worked towards midwicket by Petersen

Leon: "Am sitting at work in Cape Town. Had told a friend I'd leave early to come to the cricket if we had a century opening stand... When was the last time SA had a century opening stand???" Here's your answer. It's been a while.

7.2

Welegedara to Amla, no run, just outside off, defended from the crease by Amla

7.3

Welegedara to Amla, no run, closer to the stumps this time, more solid defence from Amla

7.4

Welegedara to Amla, no run, short and wide, very wide outside off, batsman leaves

7.5

Welegedara to Amla, no run, not much movement on offer at all, goes on with angle outside off, Amla shuffles across to cover the stumps and lets the ball to the keeper

7.6

Welegedara to Amla, 1 run, this one is on off stump, Amla stays in the crease and pushes the ball towards short cover and sprints a single

Kamal's back with more on names: "Shakespeare said 'Whats in the name' but Sri Lankan players have everything in their name. It contains their name, their father's their grandfather's, their village... "

End of over 8 (2 runs) South Africa 39/1
HM Amla    9* (16b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-0-18-0
AN Petersen    13* (18b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    2-1-8-1

8.1

Prasad to Amla, 2 runs, jumps as he plays that one, short of length and angling in, clipped towards midwicket

8.2

Prasad to Amla, FOUR, the famous whip drive from Amla makes an appearance, the bat face is slightly open as he crashes a length ball towards point for four

8.3

Prasad to Amla, no run, short ball on off stump, Amla jumps to try get on top of the bounce, it's too quick for him, so the strikes him on the gloves and rolls to the off side

8.4

Prasad to Amla, no run, much more confident defence to the off side this time

8.5

Prasad to Amla, no run, short of length ball on middle, Amla gets it away towards cover, not exactly where he intended to hit it, a bit of an outside edge there

8.6

Prasad to Amla, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Amla is happy to get out of the way

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 45/1
HM Amla    15* (22b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    3-1-14-1
AN Petersen    13* (18b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-0-18-0

9.1

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, short of length ball shapes a bit in after bouncing, left alone outside off

Aditya Pidaparthy: "Tahir has been vastly under utilised in the tests he has played so far. Great to see South Africa persisting with an attacking spinner. Somewhat heartening to see both Australia and SA staying strong with attacking spinner through thick and thin. Any spinner worth his salt needs a captain who understands spinners. Smith is making the effort." Tahir probably needs to be more consistent though, too many boundary balls.

9.2

Welegedara to Petersen, 1 run, on offstump, this time Amla defends it to the off side

9.3

Welegedara to Amla, 1 no ball, oversteps again, this was short of length and well outside off, easy leave

9.3

Welegedara to Amla, no run, short of length ball outside off, allowed through to the keeper

9.4

Welegedara to Amla, no run, angling across Amla, who shoulders arms to the one outside off

Zubair Haffajee: "Ominous signs early on for Lanka. This pitch is looking a batting beauty... The Smith dismissal aside, SA has been batting like champions. Remember this is South Africa and we have not seen a single play and miss during the 1st session of the 1st day"

9.5

Welegedara to Amla, no run, and once again, outside off and left alone, Chandimal spills it as it comes through to him

9.6

Welegedara to Amla, no run, makes Amla play finally, a length ball around off, solidly defended off the front foot

Kyle: "Call me crazy but I miss Mr Gibbs in Test cricket. Still a legend." Kyle, you are crazy.

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 47/1
HM Amla    15* (27b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-0-20-0
AN Petersen    14* (20b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    3-1-14-1

10.1

Prasad to Petersen, no run, length ball is punched towards cover, not much timing on that

10.2

Prasad to Petersen, SIX, what a shot this is, it's the first session of the Test and Petersen has pulled that short ball over square leg for six, there was no one in the deep in that area, so it was a calculated stroke as well, brings up the South Africa fifty in the 11th over, Dilshan may be having some second thoughts

10.3

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a single

10.4

Prasad to Amla, no run, short of length ball on offstump, defended comfortably to the off side

10.5

Prasad to Amla, no run, pitched up on off stump, blocked back to the bowler

10.6

Prasad to Amla, no run, shortish ball, on middle and leg, think Amla was originally thinking of pulling that one, but then bends his knees and sways out of the line of the delivery

End of over 11 (7 runs) South Africa 54/1
HM Amla    15* (30b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    4-1-21-1
AN Petersen    21* (23b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-0-20-0

11.1

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, outside off, angling away, left for the keeper

11.2

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, pitched up this time, outside off, Petersen looks to drive towards extra cover, mistimes it to the off side

11.3

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, defended to the right of the bowler, Welegedara moves across to field

Shagnik Das: "It looks like India and South Africa both had their last century opening stands in the same match ... perhaps they should play each other more often!" Good spot that!

11.4

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, pretty close to off stump, Petersen content to leave

SL still persisting with three slips

11.5

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, length ball around off stump, blocked to the off side by Petersen

11.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, back of a length on off stump, more careful back foot defence

End of over 12 (maiden) South Africa 54/1
AN Petersen    21* (29b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-1-20-0
HM Amla    15* (30b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    4-1-21-1

Only two slips now

12.1

Prasad to Amla, 1 run, short of length ball, slashed towards backward point by Amla

S Nandakumar: "12 hundreds have been made by SAF against SL in tests and of that, Daryl Cullinan alone has scored 5! He probably made up for everything he missed out against Warney! :)"

Hazy cloud around Cape Town, so not quite as gorgeous a setting as yesterday. The type of day that gets you more annoyed about that blasted brewery...as much as I like beer...

12.1

Prasad to Amla, 1 run, left outside off stump

12.2

Prasad to Petersen, no run, is that the first play and miss of the session? not too much movement away but Petersen is beaten as he looks to defend that short of length ball outside off

Back to three slips

12.3

Prasad to Petersen, no run, short ball from Prasad, Petersen looks for a repeat of that powerful pull that fetched him a six, he doesn't connect this time

12.4

Prasad to Petersen, no run, Prasad is getting the ball to move away, but only after the ball has passed the batsman, Petersen allows it through to the keeper

12.5

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, shortish ball, Petersen pulls but takes care to make sure the ball is kept on the ground, towards midwicket

12.6

Prasad to Amla, OUT, huge appeal for lbw and Prasad has struck, massive wicket of Amla, nothing special about that delivery, angling in, short of length ball, Amla was on the back foot, he falls over as he looks to play that, is struck on the pad, Sri Lanka are confident that would have gone on to hit leg stump, so is the umpire, so is Petersen when Amla asks whether to go for the referral

HM Amla lbw b Prasad 16 (43m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Stage is set for Jacques Kallis. Test No. 150 at his home ground.

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 56/2
     KTGD Prasad    5-1-23-2
AN Petersen    22* (33b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-1-20-0

13.1

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, Petersen wasn't sure whether to play or leave that one, decides to withdraw the bat late, off the bottom of the bat towards the off side

13.2

Welegedara to Petersen, 3 runs, Petersen was shuffling across before he played that shot, he had shuffled too far and had to adjust to get bat on it, helped away towards deep square leg

13.3

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, well outside off, Kallis lets it through to the keeper

Even if Amla had referred it, the only doubt was whether it would hit leg stump, it would have remained the umpire's call and a review would have been wasted

13.4

Welegedara to Kallis, 1 run, blocked to the off side by Kallis, he didn't want to set off for the run initially, Petersen did and Kallis is off the mark

13.5

Welegedara to Petersen, 1 run

13.6

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, defended down the track to the bowler

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 61/2
JH Kallis    1* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-1-25-0
AN Petersen    26* (36b 3x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    5-1-23-2

14.1

Prasad to Petersen, 2 runs, Prasad is causing problems here, Petersen wanted to drive that one to the leg side, a hint of movement away results in an outside edge towards gully, lands well short of the fielder

14.2

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, pushes it towards cover for a single

14.3

Prasad to Kallis, 1 run, what was Kallis thinking there? and even more important, what was Welegedara doing at the deep? a short ball from Prasad, Kallis pulls without bothering to keep it down, though there was a deep backward square leg in place, Prasad screams for the catch to be taken, Welegedara must have missed it, he barely moved as the ball came towards him, landed short of him

14.4

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, helps it towards fine leg for a single

14.5

Prasad to Kallis, 2 runs, a low full toss on the pads, worked towards square leg for a couple

14.6

Prasad to Kallis, no run, outside off and that is left alone to end an eventful over

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 68/2
JH Kallis    4* (6b)      KTGD Prasad    6-1-30-2
AN Petersen    30* (39b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-1-25-0

15.1

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, another leave

15.2

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, closer to off stump, defended back towards the bowler by Petersen

15.3

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, reverts to bowling well outside off, another leave

15.4

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, length ball on off stump, clipped towards midwicket by Petersen, not wide enough of the fielder to take a single

15.5

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, again too far outside off to interest or worry the batsman

15.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, and once again, one of the easiest overs Petersen will face

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 68/2
AN Petersen    30* (45b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-25-0
JH Kallis    4* (6b)      KTGD Prasad    6-1-30-2

Angelo Mathews takes over from Prasad

16.1

Mathews to Kallis, no run, pitched up by Mathews, driven back towards the bowler, Mathews sticks his hand out to his right stop that

Suresh: "All 10000+ current batsmen are in action today." All five of them.

16.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, compact forward defence from Kallis

16.3

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, a 129.4kph bouncer, and Kallis is troubled by that one, goes for the pull, but it is off the toe end of the bat, the ball is in th eair for a while but well wide of any fielder, lands near midwicket

16.4

Mathews to Petersen, no run, length ball is driven towards backward point

16.5

Mathews to Petersen, no run, full and around off, keep bat and pad close together to defend

16.6

Mathews to Petersen, no run, bowled from wide of the crease by Mathews, too far outside off

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 69/2
AN Petersen    30* (48b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0
JH Kallis    5* (9b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-25-0

17.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, strident appeal for lbw, huge inside edge though, Sri Lanka don't bother with a referral, that was a length ball heading just outside off, Kallis looked to defend that off the front foot

17.2

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, length ball just outside off, defended solidly

17.3

Welegedara to Kallis, FOUR, lovely shot from Kallis, on the pads, Kallis shifts his weight on to the front foot and clips it towards wide of mid-on for a eye-catching boundary

17.4

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, a full ball is firmly driven towards short cover

17.5

Welegedara to Kallis, 3 runs, on the pads again, clipped towards deep midwicket this time

17.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, length ball outside off and that is left alone

End of over 18 (7 runs) South Africa 76/2
AN Petersen    30* (49b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-2-32-0
JH Kallis    12* (14b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0

18.1

Mathews to Kallis, no run, just outside off, blocked down the track by Kallis off the front foot

Randika: "I remember a few centuries by SA against SL but the most memorable was Jonty Rhodes' 4th innings century to save a test at SSC. Same series Darryl Cullinan scored 2 more and Hansie 1."

18.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, defended to the off side this time by Kallis

18.3

Mathews to Kallis, FOUR, lovely crisp drive by Kallis, pitched up by Mathews, didn't get too far forward Kallis as he drove that to the left of the bowler

18.4

Mathews to Kallis, FOUR, what was Kallis' New Year resolution? he playing some seriously aggressive strokes here, a short ball is powerfully pulled by Kallis, in the air and in front of square leg, Kallis swivels as he plays the stroke, almost on to his stumps

18.5

Mathews to Kallis, FOUR, and once more, another pulled boundary, this time he bothered to keep it along the ground, smashed well in front of square, Mathews really doesn't have the pace to trouble Kallis with bouncers

18.6

Mathews to Kallis, no run, on off stump, defended by Kallis to end the over

End of over 19 (12 runs) South Africa 88/2
JH Kallis    24* (20b 4x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0
AN Petersen    30* (49b 3x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-2-32-0

19.1

Herath to Petersen, no run, Herath is on, his first ball is defended to the leg side

Referring to this match, Randika

19.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, careful forward defence from Petersen

19.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, flighted delivery, quite full, clipped past short leg

19.4

Herath to Petersen, no run, again Petersen closes the face to softly work the ball from off and middle towards square leg

19.5

Herath to Petersen, 3 runs, drops it a but short, outside off, but Petersen shuffles across and whips it towards deep midwicket

One slip, and short leg in place

19.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, Kallis wanted to hammer that down the ground, mistimed towards the bowler

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 91/2
JH Kallis    24* (21b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
AN Petersen    33* (54b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0

20.1

Mathews to Petersen, no run, defended to the leg side by Petersen

theo Heffer: "Go, Jacques! My money is on you for a 150 in your 150th!!"

20.2

Mathews to Petersen, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, clipped towards midwicket off the back foot

S Nandakumar: "Amla's wicket is pretty much the perfect example of the malaise within the SAFFers batting line up. Every time they seem to gain some ground, they lose a wicket. They seem to have lost of the art of batting out partnerships. They atleast had a inform Boucher and the longish tail to bail them out in olden days ! Now, its gone ! "

20.3

Mathews to Kallis, no run, short of length ball just outside off, Kallis blocks off the front foot

20.4

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, length ball slanting in towards middle and leg, helped along towards fine leg

20.5

Mathews to Petersen, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended to the right of the bowler

Cricketismypassion: "If it is Umpire's Call, I think it is fair not to dock the reviewing side with a failed review. After all technology could not be decisive either. Fair? " Sounds fair to me.

20.6

Mathews to Petersen, no run, pitched up by Mathews, Petersen goes for the off drive off the front foot, the bat turns as he plays that shot and the ball ends up being pushed towards the bowler

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 93/2
AN Petersen    34* (58b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-15-0
JH Kallis    25* (23b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

21.1

Herath to Kallis, 1 run, pitched up and just outside off, driven crisply towards mid-off

21.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, dead-batted by Petersen off the front foot

21.3

Herath to Petersen, 2 runs, flighted by Herath, and overpitched, Petersen whips it towards deep midwicket

21.4

Herath to Petersen, no run, blocked off the front foot, a full ball from Herath

21.5

Herath to Petersen, FOUR, this was what Petersen was trying earlier in the over, he dances down the track to get near the pitch and lofts it over mid-on for a four, an authoritative hit from Petersen brings up the 100

21.6

Herath to Petersen, 1 run, overpitched on middle stump, cleverly worked down towards fine leg by Petersen

End of over 22 (8 runs) South Africa 101/2
AN Petersen    41* (63b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-11-0
JH Kallis    26* (24b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-15-0

Perera is back

22.1

Perera to Petersen, 2 runs, short and wide, punched off the back foot past cover

Kendal: "Sri Lanka should thank Fernando profusely for hitting Kallis on the head in the first game. He's looked tentative and unsure of himself since then for the first time, well, ever..."

22.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball just outside off, sliced towards cover

Deshan: "@Suresh : As a Sri Lankan fan i really hope all 5 of them will get to bat today !"

22.3

Perera to Petersen, no run, length ball outside off, Petersen stands tall as he drives the ball towards cover

22.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, just wide enough for Petersen to leave

Craig Hallett: "So SA haven't won a Test Series at home since beating Bangladesh in Sep 08. Since then we have played 4 lost 4 at Kingsmead, played 3 won 1 lost 2 at the Wanderers, played 3 won 2 drawn 1 at Centurion, played 4 won 2 drawn 2 at Newlands. We have also been knocked out of the ODI and T20 World Cups in Durban. Surely its time Durban gave its Test Matches to a happier ground for SA?" Centurion perhaps?

22.5

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, Petersen hasn't looked like a man making his comback after a year on the sidelines, he's been full of confidence this morning, another pull, again played uppishly, well wide of the fielder to pick up four more, 50 stand comes up

22.6

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, what a way to bring up his fifty, back-to-back boundaries, this time it is a punch off the back foot, the fielder gives chases and dives head-first in an attempt to stop that but the ball beats him to the rope

End of over 23 (10 runs) South Africa 111/2
AN Petersen    51* (69b 6x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-23-0
JH Kallis    26* (24b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-11-0

23.1

Herath to Kallis, 1 run, flighted and full, Kallis powers it down the ground. mid-on manages to get a hand on it though and keeps it to a single

23.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, not much turn or bounce here for Herath, this was a short of length ball that was blocked off the front foot

23.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, driven firmly towards short cover

23.4

Herath to Petersen, no run, length ball is defended to the leg side off the front foot

23.5

Herath to Petersen, no run, more caution from Petersen, blocks towards the off side off the front foot

23.6

Herath to Petersen, no run, bowls this one quicker through the air, defended off the back foot by Petersen

End of over 24 (1 run) South Africa 112/2
AN Petersen    51* (74b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-12-0
JH Kallis    27* (25b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-23-0

24.1

Perera to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, driven off the front foot towards cover

24.2

Perera to Kallis, 2 runs, length ball outside off, blocked with soft hands towards cover and a quick single is pinched, and there's an overthrow as well

Paul: "I'll bet Theo 150p that Jacques doesn't reach 150 runs on his 150th!"

24.3

Perera to Kallis, no run, well wide of offstump, left alone

Cam: "I know its early but if Kallis makes a century here he would have made a century in each of his past 16 years."

24.4

Perera to Kallis, no run, short and outside off, Kallis tucks the bat behind his back as he lets that through to the keeper

Randika: "Yes that was the match! I've confused the venue but I was only 12 at the time! It was sooo frustrating to see Clive Eksteen bat a session and a half and score 4 runs..!!!"

24.5

Perera to Kallis, FOUR, shot! top stuff this from Kallis, looking very good here, a short of length ball, Kallis gets on the back foot and crunches that past cover for four, classic shot that

24.6

Perera to Kallis, FOUR, and this is probably even better, a front-foot extra cover drive as the ball is pitched up, this is really looking ominous for Sri Lanka, Kallis has raced to 37 off 31, Petersen has reached his fifty, and none of their bowlers are getting much assistance from the track

End of over 25 (10 runs) South Africa 122/2
JH Kallis    37* (31b 6x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-33-0
AN Petersen    51* (74b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-12-0

25.1

Herath to Petersen, no run, blocked off the front foot towards off side

25.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, dead batted to the leg side

25.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, front foot defence to the off side

25.4

Herath to Petersen, 1 run, fullish ball on the pads, turned behind square leg

25.5

Herath to Kallis, no run, length ball around off, driven to short extra cover

25.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, goes straight on after pitching, Kallis content to leave

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 123/2
JH Kallis    37* (33b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-13-0
AN Petersen    52* (78b 6x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-33-0

Last over before lunch coming up

26.1

Perera to Petersen, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, stylishly clipped towards midwicket by Petersen

Asad from South Africa: "I also think Jonty's Century was one of the most memorable ones for SA post isolation. Not to forget the part that Eksteen played in partnering him."

26.2

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, short of length ball, punched off the back foot towards sweeper cover by Kallis

26.3

Perera to Petersen, 1 run, length ball on off, Petersen helps it towards midwicket

Vivek Bhandari: "@Sid Ravi: BTW, the match that Randika has referred to was the last match of Jimmy Cook - a talent that got wasted at the highest level. Alas!"

26.4

Perera to Kallis, FOUR, and another classic from Kallis, the front-foot cover drive this time, authoritative played by Kallis after getting a nice stride in

Andrew Prince: "So SA has had the sum total of THREE 100+ run opening stands in the last 3 years?? Seems to be an obvious place to start when analysing why SA cannot quite get to, and hold on to, the no.1 Test ranking. "

26.5

Perera to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis isn't slowing down because of the break coming up, he's got himself two boundaries in two balls, this time down the ground, the straight drive easily beats mid-on and SA race to 134

26.6

Perera to Kallis, 1 run, even on the final ball of the session, Kallis isn't thinking about being cautious, a short ball which he looks to pull, not too well timed, towards midwicket for a single

135/2 after the first session. Not much happening for the bowlers, Kallis and Petersen looking in great touch. Might be a long day ahead for Sri Lanka. And Dilshan answering questions about the decision to bowl first.

End of over 27 (12 runs) South Africa 135/2
JH Kallis    47* (37b 8x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-45-0
AN Petersen    54* (80b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-13-0

It's Welegedara to renew the action...
Happy New Year from London town. Dreadful weather in the British Isles today so i'm looking for more electric cricket this afternoon to lighten things up. A crazy morning session, Sri Lanka deciding to bowl and conceding five an over. South Africa will be delighted and Alviro Petersen will be grinning like a Cheshire cat. A fine innings on his return to the side. The selectors will be brimming too.

27.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, full and nicely driven, Kallis immediately into his stride, but straight to extra cover

27.2

Welegedara to Kallis, 1 run, nicely driven again, this time down the ground, and a diving save from a scrambling mid off saves four

27.3

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, drive and miss at a wide half volley and a brief cry for caught at the wicket but Petersen clearly hit only the ground

27.4

Welegedara to Petersen, 2 runs, reaching for a length ball outside off, Petersen opens the face and guides it behind point

27.5

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, a full toss, missed outside off stump

27.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, length outside off and defended to cover

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 138/2
AN Petersen    56* (84b 6x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-2-35-0
JH Kallis    48* (39b 8x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-45-0

It's Prasad...
Well one can only call Dilshan's decision to bowl first a "bit-of-a-Nasser" so far. I think England bowled a bit better that day though...

28.1

Prasad to Kallis, no run, full and driven to extra cover

28.2

Prasad to Kallis, 1 run, full on leg stump and flicked out to deep square

28.3

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, middle and off on a good length and worked into the leg side

28.4

Prasad to Kallis, 1 run, pulled around the corner to deep square and that's fifty for Kallis from just 42 balls with eight boundaries

Really has been unusual from Kallis, exceptionally aggressive but the forward-thinking tactics have worked.

28.5

Prasad to Petersen, no run, down the leg side

28.6

Prasad to Petersen, no run, middle and off and defended off the back foot

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 141/2
AN Petersen    57* (87b 6x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    7-1-33-2
JH Kallis    50* (42b 8x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-2-35-0

29.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, Kallis across his stumps to defend forward

29.2

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, and now leaves outside off

29.3

Welegedara to Kallis, FOUR, wide and back of a length, punched away with decent timing behind point and it races away

29.4

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, cry for leg before as Kallis plays across the line and referred. I think he may have shuffled across his stumps enough to this length ball. And indeed he has, the ball going on to miss a couple of off stumps having hit Kallis outside the line

29.5

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, similar line but driven into the legside and saved well down to his right at midwicket

29.6

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, left outside off

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 145/2
JH Kallis    54* (48b 9x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-2-39-0
AN Petersen    57* (87b 6x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    7-1-33-2

Sri Lanka simply have to find a way to plug the scoring rate...

30.1

Prasad to Petersen, 2 runs, short-armed pull through midwicket came off high on the bat and gets past the fielder for a couple

30.2

Prasad to Petersen, FOUR, a full toss and clipped away in front of square

Awful start to the over and this is Sri Lanka back at their worst again.

30.3

Prasad to Petersen, no run, a goodun outside off on a good length and Petersen has a nibble from the crease and plays and misses

30.4

Prasad to Petersen, no run, length ball outside off and shouldered arms

30.5

Prasad to Petersen, no run, back of a length and timed off the back foot to cover point

30.6

Prasad to Petersen, no run, a good length and a good line - a rarity thus far - and calmly defended coming forward

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 151/2
AN Petersen    63* (93b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    8-1-39-2
JH Kallis    54* (48b 9x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-2-39-0

31.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, left outside off stump

31.2

Welegedara to Kallis, 1 run, a full toss and driven out to the sweeper who's now in place

31.3

Welegedara to Petersen, 1 run, driven off a good length and pushed out to the sweeper again

31.4

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, full outside off and shouldered arms

31.5

Welegedara to Kallis, FOUR, full on middle and off and Kallis is forward to drive serenely down the ground past mid on for four

Brings up the 100 partnership from 112 balls. Rattling progress.

31.6

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, left outside off stump

End of over 32 (6 runs) South Africa 157/2
JH Kallis    59* (53b 10x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-2-45-0
AN Petersen    64* (94b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    8-1-39-2

Like I said, plug the scoring rate Sri Lanka...

32.1

Prasad to Petersen, 1 run, eased away to long leg

This is horrendous stuff. The bowlers all over the place.

32.2

Prasad to Kallis, no run, full and driven up to mid off

32.3

Prasad to Kallis, FOUR, the short ball hasn't worked at all thus far but here's another one and it's down the legside and just helped away between deep square leg and long leg

32.4

Prasad to Kallis, 1 run, same again! But this is straight to long leg

32.5

Prasad to Petersen, no run, full and nicely driven once more but midwicket is quickly to his left to field

32.6

Prasad to Petersen, no run, finally a delivery that registers in the that's-what-you-should-be-doing column. A good length on off stump and blocked

End of over 33 (6 runs) South Africa 163/2
AN Petersen    65* (97b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    9-1-45-2
JH Kallis    64* (56b 11x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-2-45-0

In other news, the Western Province Cricket Association have launched a "Blue Book" to celebrate great players in 120 years from the region. 150 past players turned up at Newlands for the launch.
The ball is out of shape...but it does seem that Sri Lanka have been bowling with a satsuma since the luncheon interval. Petersen uses the break to have some treatment to his left knee.

33.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, we're back after a three-and-a-half minute delay and it's a good length sliding past off stump which is left

33.2

Welegedara to Kallis, FOUR, a similar ball but Kallis comes forward with a big stride and drives so attractively straight back past the bowler. Sublime.

33.3

Welegedara to Kallis, 1 run, round the wicket now and angled in to off stump, driven to mid on

33.4

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, back of a length and left outside off stump

33.5

Welegedara to Petersen, 1 run, full and driven to midwicket

33.6

Welegedara to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length and pushed out through cover

End of over 34 (7 runs) South Africa 170/2
JH Kallis    70* (60b 12x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-2-52-0
AN Petersen    66* (99b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    9-1-45-2

Ladies and Gentleman, George Dobell is in the building. ESPNCricinfo's newest recruit...i'm not the new guy anymore!

34.1

Prasad to Kallis, 1 run, legside on a length and flicked to long leg

34.2

Prasad to Petersen, no run, full on off stump and played forward to mid on

34.3

Prasad to Petersen, no run, full and driven to mid off

34.4

Prasad to Petersen, no run, goodness two consecutive balls in the same place! Again played carefully to mid on

34.5

Prasad to Petersen, no run, defended from the crease on middle stump

34.6

Prasad to Petersen, no run, covered up

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 171/2
AN Petersen    66* (104b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    10-1-46-2
JH Kallis    71* (61b 12x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-2-52-0

Jacques Kallis' run tally at Cape Town is now third in the list of most Test runs scored at a ground. Only Mahela Jayawardene (SSC) and Graham Gooch (Lord's) have made more at a single venue.

35.1

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, wide of off stump and left

35.2

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, left again

35.3

Welegedara to Kallis, 2 runs, worked to long leg from back of a length

Two balls in a decent area is the maximum the bowlers can manage it would seem...

35.4

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, left alone outside off

35.5

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Kallis is back to defend

35.6

Welegedara to Kallis, no run, angled into the right hander who misses with a forward prod. Loud appeal turned down by umpire Kettleborough and referred once more. They need this...but it's hitting the back pad of Kallis outside the line

So no breakthrough and now referrals used up by Sri Lanka. That at least was closer than the first referral which was a very speculative.

End of over 36 (2 runs) South Africa 173/2
JH Kallis    73* (67b 12x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-2-54-0
AN Petersen    66* (104b 7x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    10-1-46-2

Herath into the attack. He hasn't turned one so far...

36.1

Herath to Petersen, FOUR, hammered down the ground over the infield to long off. Fine strike.

36.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, carefully defended off the stumps

36.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, covered up again

36.4

Herath to Petersen, 1 run, goes for another biggie but it's mistimed. In the air into the leg side but falling away from any fielders

36.5

Herath to Kallis, no run, Kallis reaches out to drive a length ball and gets an inside edge to mid on

He wouldn't have tried that stroke at Durban...

36.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, tucked into the leg side from a length ball

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 178/2
JH Kallis    73* (69b 12x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0
AN Petersen    71* (108b 8x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-2-54-0

The run-rate remains 4.30. Carnage continues...

37.1

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, full and left outside the off stump

37.2

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, coming forward defends into the leg side

37.3

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, back and across to defend again into the leg side

37.4

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, across his stumps and pushed into the off side

37.5

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, a touch back of a length and standing tall Petersen pushes into the covers

We're in danger of a maiden!!

37.6

Welegedara to Petersen, no run, Yay!! Hallelujah. Length ball driven, a good save at cover and no runs from the over!

End of over 38 (maiden) South Africa 178/2
AN Petersen    71* (114b 8x4 1x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    14-3-54-0
JH Kallis    73* (69b 12x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0

38.1

Herath to Kallis, 1 run, driven hard and a sharp save at short extra cover prevents no more than one

38.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, another appeal and slides past the defensive stroke from the crease. Well outside off though

38.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, carefully defended

38.4

Herath to Petersen, no run, driven to short extra cover

38.5

Herath to Petersen, no run, full and dug out into the offside, short extra cover comes across to field

38.6

Herath to Petersen, FOUR, another lofted drive from Petersen, he doesn't catch it properly but over the head of mid on and a sliding save from the man coming round on the boundary...doesn't save four because he touched the rope while fielding

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 183/2
AN Petersen    75* (119b 9x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-23-0
JH Kallis    74* (70b 12x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    14-3-54-0

Can't think why Petersen is trying to force the pace against Herath. No need for any silliness at all with so many freebies on offer...

39.1

Prasad to Kallis, no run, left outside off

39.2

Prasad to Kallis, no run, wide and cut to point where there's a good low piece of fielding

39.3

Prasad to Kallis, no run, full and Kallis meanders onto the front foot to drive to mid on. Looked good.

39.4

Prasad to Kallis, no run, driven off the toe of the bat to cover

39.5

Prasad to Kallis, no run, a good length and a forward defence

39.6

Prasad to Kallis, no run, full, a powerful drive down the ground but a great save by the bowler, quickly offering out a left boot which prevents any runs

Drinks time and I need a rest. It's been a frantic pace this session so far, borne out of poor bowling offering plenty of scoring opportunities.

End of over 40 (maiden) South Africa 183/2
JH Kallis    74* (76b 12x4)      KTGD Prasad    11-2-46-2
AN Petersen    75* (119b 9x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-23-0

Thanks Alex. The run-rate has been high, but the over rate hasn't - Sri Lanka have finished only 40 overs halfway through the day.

40.1

Herath to Petersen, no run, Herath plugs away with a length ball, blocked off the front foot

40.2

Herath to Petersen, no run, lbw appeal, Petersen moving too far across as he looks to defend, struck on the pad but that seemed to be heading down leg

40.3

Herath to Petersen, no run, much more confident forward defence

40.4

Herath to Petersen, no run, and again, dead-batted towards the bowler

40.5

Herath to Petersen, no run, eased towards cover off the front foot, the keeper being very vocal here, giving plenty of encouragement to Herath

40.6

Herath to Petersen, 1 run, helps it past cover to get a single and retain the strike

End of over 41 (1 run) South Africa 184/2
AN Petersen    76* (125b 9x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-24-0
JH Kallis    74* (76b 12x4)      KTGD Prasad    11-2-46-2

41.1

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, Perera returns with a gift, length ball on the pads, easy for Petersen to put away, perfectly timed clip past square leg take him to the 80s

41.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, Petersen leaves

41.3

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, another boundary, this time an on-drive wide of mid-on, Petersen in terrific touch here, a length ball on middle and off, eased for four

41.4

Perera to Petersen, 1 run, length ball just outside off, clipped towards midwicket for a sharp single

41.5

Perera to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, driven off the front foot towards cover

41.6

Perera to Kallis, no run, short of length ball just outside off, solid defense by Kallis

End of over 42 (9 runs) South Africa 193/2
JH Kallis    74* (78b 12x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-54-0
AN Petersen    85* (129b 11x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-24-0

42.1

Herath to Petersen, 1 run, slants this into the pads, nudged behind square leg for a single

42.2

Herath to Kallis, no run, on middle and leg, stretches forward and defends

42.3

Herath to Kallis, no run, blocked towards midwicket this time

42.4

Herath to Kallis, no run, a bit of an inside-edge as he defends down the track

42.5

Herath to Kallis, no run, looks to power this one down the track, can't get it past Herath

42.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, flighted delivery this, driven to short cover

End of over 43 (1 run) South Africa 194/2
JH Kallis    74* (83b 12x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-25-0
AN Petersen    86* (130b 11x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    7-0-54-0

43.1

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball just outside off stump, defended from the crease by Petersen

43.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, bat face opens as Petersen goes for the drive, the ball dribbles towards cover

Eliya Abbas: "@Sid - oye, take it easy on the Srilankan criticism! They just thrashed SouthAfrica in the last match :P"

43.3

Perera to Petersen, no run, a nice stroke down the ground, to the right of the bowler, but a diving mid-on cuts it off

43.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, back of a length and around off stump, tucked towards midwicket

43.5

Perera to Petersen, no run, too wide to be called a caught-and-bowled chance really, an uppish drive to the left of Perera, who would have had to be a gymnast to get to that, low and well wide of him

Kendal: "I just watched a highlights package of Kallis batting during lunch. After that early let off he's batting like a cross between Viv Richards and a right handed Mark Greatbach. Tentativeness be damned!"

43.6

Perera to Petersen, no run, defended off the front foot towards short cover

End of over 44 (maiden) South Africa 194/2
AN Petersen    86* (136b 11x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    8-1-54-0
JH Kallis    74* (83b 12x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-25-0

44.1

Herath to Kallis, no run, length ball is driven back towards the bowler

44.2

Herath to Kallis, no run, more solid defence from Kallis, more like the Kallis we know

44.3

Herath to Kallis, no run, there's a bit of the new Kallis, skates down the track and tries to whip the ball past midwicket, follows-through with a flourish, can't get the placement right though

44.4

Herath to Kallis, 2 runs, worked to midwicket, and more sloppy work from Sri Lanka, giving away overthrows

44.5

Herath to Kallis, FOUR, another terrific Kallis cover drive, stands tall and times and places it to perfection, that brings up the 200 as well

44.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, stretches forward and defends the ball towards point

This is the highest South African partnership for the third wicket in Tests against Sri Lanka.

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 200/2
JH Kallis    80* (89b 13x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-31-0
AN Petersen    86* (136b 11x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    8-1-54-0

45.1

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball on middle and off, no movement at all, worked in front of square leg

45.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, Petersen stands tall and clips the ball towards midwicket, straight towards the fielder

45.3

Perera to Petersen, no run, length ball on off stump, confidently pushed towards mid-on by Petersen

45.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, a bit of width for Petersen to work with, he cracks the ball firmly towards short cover

45.5

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, four dot ball is followed by a legstump half-volley, that too with six fielders on the off side, easy as they come for Petersen, helps it to the wide long-on boundary

45.6

Perera to Petersen, no run, reverts to solid defence to end the over

End of over 46 (4 runs) South Africa 204/2
AN Petersen    90* (142b 12x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    9-1-58-0
JH Kallis    80* (89b 13x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-31-0

46.1

Herath to Kallis, no run, gets well forward and blocks the ball towards short cover

Spike: "I noticed that Kallis has slowed down his scoring rate significantly, almost like he's getting ready to settle in. That reminded me of an answer Darryl Cullinan gave a few years back as to what he likes to wear most: "batting gear - for hours and hours on end""

46.2

Herath to Kallis, no run, more textbook forward defence from Kallis

46.3

Herath to Kallis, no run, not the prettiest of shots from Kallis, a fullish delivery that Kallis wanted to send to the sweeper cover boundary, went at it flat-batted, and couldn't place it past the fielder

46.4

Herath to Kallis, no run, careful defence to the leg side

46.5

Herath to Kallis, no run, gets forward and dead bats it towards the bowler

46.6

Herath to Kallis, no run, opens the face as he defends to send the ball in the direction of cover

End of over 47 (maiden) South Africa 204/2
JH Kallis    80* (95b 13x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-31-0
AN Petersen    90* (142b 12x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    9-1-58-0

47.1

Perera to Petersen, no run, a pitched-up delivery, mistimed drive towards mid-off

47.2

Perera to Petersen, no run, again a length ball outside off, solid forward defence

47.3

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length ball outside off, Petersen lets it through to the keeper

Dirkie: "Loving the fact that the SA batsmen are amongst the runs, but I'd like to see the rest of the order to kick on when this partnership is eventually broken, there can be no excuses not to cash in this time for guys like Rudolph and Boucher."

47.4

Perera to Petersen, no run, short of length again, around off stump, pushed to the right of the bowler

47.5

Perera to Petersen, no run, length ball outside off, Petersen gets forward and blocks it towards cover

Absolutely no help here for the bowlers. What should Dilshan do to limit the damage?

47.6

Perera to Petersen, 2 runs, nicely driven by Petersen, not timed well enough to go to the boundary but he squeezes it between the bowler and mid-on to help himself to two runs

End of over 48 (2 runs) South Africa 206/2
AN Petersen    92* (148b 12x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    10-1-60-0
JH Kallis    80* (95b 13x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-31-0

48.1

Herath to Kallis, no run, opens the face of the bat as he blocks towards silly point

48.2

Herath to Kallis, no run, and again, Herath doing a reasonable holding job here

48.3

Herath to Kallis, FOUR, oh dear, just as I say that he is swept fine for a boundary to fine leg by Kallis

48.4

Herath to Kallis, 1 run, pitched up on middle and leg, clipped in front of square leg for a single

48.5

Herath to Petersen, no run, opens the face to steer the ball towards gully

48.6

Herath to Petersen, no run, assured forward defence to end the over

End of over 49 (5 runs) South Africa 211/2
AN Petersen    92* (150b 12x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-36-0
JH Kallis    85* (99b 14x4)      NLTC Perera    10-1-60-0

Mathews into the attack

49.1

Mathews to Kallis, no run, starts with a full ball on the pads, drives towards mid-on

Mark: "In response to what they should do, give a call to Murali and see if he's busy maybe?"

Murali (not that one): "I think its time Dilshan brings himself to bowl... him and Heath in tandem is the only way SL can get a breakthrough ... "

49.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, gets well forward and pats the ball towards cover, that was played on the up

49.3

Mathews to Kallis, FOUR, beautiful, a straight drive to rank with very best, it wasn't even a full delivery, it was short of length, Kallis gets nicely forward and punches it down the ground

49.4

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, well outside off this time, pushed in front of point for a single, Kallis on 90 now

49.5

Mathews to Petersen, 1 run, on the pads, helped towards midwicket, the pitch has been flat but Sri Lanka have made it tougher for themselves with the number of loose deliveries served up

49.6

Mathews to Kallis, no run, outside off and that is left for the keeper

End of over 50 (6 runs) South Africa 217/2
JH Kallis    90* (104b 15x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-21-0
AN Petersen    93* (151b 12x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-36-0
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Series Results
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Jan 3-6, 2012
South Africa won by 10 wickets
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban - Dec 26-29, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 208 runs
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Centurion - Dec 15-17, 2011
South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs
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Jan 6, 2012

Graeme Smith congratulates the Man of the Match Jacques Kallis, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town, January, 6, 2012

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Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith with their trophies, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town, January, 6, 2012

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