South Africa A v Sri Lanka A, 3rd Test, Benoni, 2nd day September 12, 2008

South Africa A maintain advantage

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Sri Lanka A 133 for 3 (Paranavitana 51*) trail South Africa A 550 (Davids 101, Puttick 91, Petersen 86, Amla 81) by 417 runs

Sri Lanka A managed to restrict South Africa A, who had scored 388 for 4 on the first day, to 550 but lost three wickets in their first innings in Benoni. The visitors closed at 133 for 3, still trailing by 417 runs, and needing 268 more to avoid the follow-on.

Sri Lanka got breakthroughs early on the second day, taking two wickets for 15 runs as South Africa resumed batting. The unbeaten batsmen from the first day, Ahmed Amla and Alviro Petersen, both perished in the 80s to fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara. However, Sri Lanka failed up to wrap up the innings quickly. Wicketkeeper Matthew Harris, Johann Louw and CJ de Villiers scored 40, 39 and 41 respectively to push South Africa's total past 500.

Harris and Louw, whose 39 came off 41 balls, added 57 for the seventh wicket, and Harris put on 66 for the eighth along with de Villiers. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took the final three wickets as South Africa were all out for 550.

Louw then grabbed an early wicket in Sri Lanka's innings, removing Upul Tharanga for 6. Tharanga Paranavitana and Kanchana Gunawardene put on 45 before Gunawardene was caught off medium-pacer Ethy Mbhalati. Gunawardene fell for 25, and wicketkeeper-batsman Kaushal Silva too failed to build on a start as he was dismissed for 30. Paranavitana was unbeaten on 51 at stumps, while Thilina Kandamby, the Sri Lankan captain, was not out on 8.