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Day 5

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Mathews rues Galle collapse

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

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Lady luck finally deserts Sri Lanka

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

Day 4

794dFirdose Moonda at the SSC

South Africa keeping their options open

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

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Dickwella fined for claiming unfair catch

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

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

A captain's sacrifice for the SL family

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

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

'Objective is to win at all costs' - Sangakkara

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

Day 3

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Herath takes South Africa on rough ride

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

794dFirdose Moonda at the SSC

Domingo does not rule out SA win

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

794dFirdose Moonda at the SSC

Amla takes time to save Test

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

Day 2

794dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

South Africa stymied by spinners

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

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

Unfazed Dickwella makes solid first impression

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

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

SA's slow approach could benefit us - Jayawardene

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

Day 1

794dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SSC

SSC's Superman does it again

With two gone early and a brittle middle order to come, Jayawardene played the kind of innings that grabs you by the collar, flings you on a train and sends you packing on an adventure


794dFirdose Moonda

Sea, sun, scandal

Our correspondent takes in the sights and sounds of Galle and Colombo, and reports on a tampering controversy

794dFirdose Moonda

Slow starters break worrying trend

Two of South Africa's last three series were only two-Test rubbers and they were customarily drowsy in both. But they have set about at a new pace with a win in Galle

Favourite ground?

0, 1*, 165, 0

Mahela Jayawardene's recent scores at the SSC

Steyn moves up


Dale Steyn has now gone past Waqar Younis' tally of 373 Test wickets. Next in line is Malcolm Marshall's 376

Century No 22


No of balls taken by Amla to reach his hundred, the second slowest of his career

The wait


Number of deliveries Tahir had been wicketless for till he dismissed Dilruwan Perera today