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Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Much to be admired in South Africa's stonewalling approach

Jul 28, 2014: South Africa's go-slow approach may not have been attractive, but it was effective in driving the opposition to desperation. They never shook the belief that they deserved to take the series

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Mathews rues Galle collapse

Jul 28, 2014: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews bemoaned his team's batting collapse in the first Test in Galle which allowed South Africa to settle for a draw at the SSC and claim the series

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

'It was emotionally draining' - Amla

Jul 28, 2014: Hashim Amla said the team showed great resilience and character in saving the second Test and securing the series

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Lady luck finally deserts Sri Lanka

Jul 28, 2014: In a year where Sri Lanka have won almost every prize they laid their eyes on, their luck was bound to run its course at some point. It did on Monday

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

South Africa block their way to No. 1

Jul 28, 2014: After a riveting, un-Youtubeable day of cricket, South Africa are back at the top of the Test rankings

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

'Objective is to win at all costs' - Sangakkara

Jul 27, 2014: Sri Lanka have not lost a Test series at home to South Africa since 1993. If they are to protect that record, the final day of the tour has to be about all-out attack, says Kumar Sangakkara

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

A captain's sacrifice for the SL family

Jul 27, 2014: Angelo Mathews' batting pedigree is never in question, but it's his selfless nature as captain, putting his team above all else, that makes him a fine leader

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

SA sweat on underperforming Petersen, Tahir

Jul 27, 2014: The SSC Test has emphasised why South Africa may have to spring clean and find opening batsmen with more mettle and spinners with more control

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

South Africa keeping their options open

Jul 27, 2014: The draw seems to be the most South Africa can take out of the SSC Test considering their target and the conditions but AB de Villiers says they could still push for a win

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC

Dickwella fined for claiming unfair catch

Jul 27, 2014: Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10% of the match fee and received an official reprimand, for claiming an unfair catch on day three of the second Test against South Africa

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Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

South Africa set for final-day spin inquisition

Jul 27, 2014: Sri Lanka rattled along at well over four an over to set a target of 369 and give themselves well over three sessions to bowl out South Africa

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day

Herath takes South Africa on rough ride

Jul 26, 2014: On a pitch that had not yet begun to take huge turn off the straight, a spinner who seemed to have lost some of his bite of late shaped his entire day's work around one small patch of loose soil

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day

Domingo does not rule out SA win

Jul 26, 2014: South Africa coach Russel Domingo left open the possibility that South Africa could still emerge victorious in the second Test despite conceding a lead of 139

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day

Amla takes time to save Test

Jul 26, 2014: Seemingly collecting his runs in fractions, South Africa's captain bent himself to the task of stalling Sri Lanka

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day

Sri Lanka take big lead despite Amla ton

Jul 26, 2014: Hashim Amla made his 22nd Test century to help South Africa avoid the follow-on, but he couldn't prevent Sri Lanka from taking a 139-run lead

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

SA's slow approach could benefit us - Jayawardene

Jul 25, 2014: As South Africa crawled at a run rate of 1.88 in the 52 overs they faced on day two, Mahela Jayawardene issued a warning to the opposition: negativity would only play into Sri Lanka's hands

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

Unfazed Dickwella makes solid first impression

Jul 25, 2014: Called up to the Test side out of nowhere, Niroshan Dickwella showed there was substance to the hype that followed his schoolboy career. His challenge now is to sustain that level of performance

Andrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

Spinners force South Africa to switch to attritional cricket

Jul 25, 2014: The discipline shown by Sri Lanka's spin trio squeezed South Africa to the point at which they shut shop. Their approach on day three will determine how the foundation ends up, on a pitch taking turn

Firdose Moonda at the SSC

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day

South Africa stymied by spinners

Jul 25, 2014: South Africa made 98 for 3 in 52 overs after debutant Niroshan Dickwella's enterprising half-century had taken Sri Lanka to 421

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day

Different means to same inadequate end for Tahir and Philander

Jul 24, 2014: Vernon Philander was disciplined, Imran Tahir less so. But it made little difference to them and South Africa as they slogged it out on a SSC pitch that offered little other than runs

Firdose Moonda at the SSC
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Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 24-28, 2014
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle - Jul 16-20, 2014
South Africa won by 153 runs
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Hambantota - Jul 12, 2014
South Africa won by 82 runs
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele - Jul 9, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 87 runs
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 6, 2014
South Africa won by 75 runs
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