Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.5 Dale Steyn has given South Africa the breakthrough for the zillionth time in his career, he pounds in and digs it in short of a length, Tharanga arches away from it, but his gloves are in line, and the ball hits them to pop up behind to the keeper, probably not the line and length to be attempting to sway away, did not get up as much as he anticipated too 16/1
    25.2 what a crazy session this has been, after all the pressure spin released, now a part-time slow bowler has struck, Silva looking for the drive to a pitched up delivery slanted wide across him, a thick edge is earned, and AB is too good at slip to miss a second catch on the trot 115/3
    4.6 Sangakkara bounced out first ball, they have had him jumping to snorters in Galle, and this time have taken him out immediately, Steyn goes short, just outside off, it climbs up rapidly, and Sangakkara responds with a pull, but succeeds only in top-edging it tamely to square leg, it did not even get up to chest height, but Sangakkara was keen to dismiss it 16/2
    105.2 completely against the run of play, we have a wicket, through a direct hit, probably the only way these two could have been separated, Mahela took it on the full from outside off and paddled it fine, they came back for the second, the throw arrived from Alviro and hit the stumps even as Mahela fell short on the dive 385/6
    64.5 JP Duminy plays partnership breaker again, this is there to be cut, starting wide and spinning in a tad, but Mathews has nicked it behind, bounced a touch more, and just like that South Africa have the breakthrough 246/4
    77.2 Vithanage is gone, he was looking like falling any moment, and he has now, Morkel has him hopping with a lifter, Vithanage fends, and the ball pops up off the shoulder of the bat to third slip where AB takes it 285/5
    117.2 South Africa seem to have cracked the SSC pitch, direct hit is the secret, here is another one, Herath hoped to avoid this shortish ball apparently headed down leg, it pinged him before rolling away fine, they went for the single, and Dickwella, like Mahela earlier, was well short, although he was not diving in, not the way you want your debut innings to end, especially when you have batted with so much confidence 409/8
    116.4 Tahir has a wicket after going for 110 runs, Perera wanted to launch it down the ground but found himself too close to the pitch and unable to get any sort of elevation, picks out mid on tamely 404/7
    not out
    119.6 umpire Llong raises the finger as South Africa appeal for caught behind, Philander produces extra bounce, and Mendis cannot get hold of the cut yet again, Sri Lanka review this, but there is a noise as ball passes bat, that is the only thing the third umpire has to go on in the absence of Hot Spot and Snicko, and Mendis will have to go 415/9
    121.4 that is the end of the innings, Lakmal flashes at a widish length ball and snicks it through to the keeper 421/10
    28 (b 11, lb 14, nb 3)
    421 all out (121.4 Overs, RR: 3.46, 562 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Upul Tharanga, 4.5 ov), 2-16 (Kumar Sangakkara, 4.6 ov), 3-115 (Kaushal Silva, 25.2 ov), 4-246 (Angelo Mathews, 64.5 ov), 5-285 (Kithuruwan Vithanage, 77.2 ov), 6-385 (Mahela Jayawardene, 105.2 ov), 7-404 (Dilruwan Perera, 116.4 ov), 8-409 (Niroshan Dickwella, 117.2 ov), 9-415 (Ajantha Mendis, 119.6 ov), 10-421 (Suranga Lakmal, 121.4 ov)
    DW Steyn2256923.1300
    VD Philander21.475222.4001
    M Morkel2666912.6501
    Imran Tahir33412113.6600
    JP Duminy1818024.4401
    D Elgar10505.0000
    1.5 and South Africa lose their first wicket in the first over of spin, nothing shot from Petersen, this is bowled full on the stumps from round the wicket, and he has pushed it straight back to the bowler 3/1
    8.3 and another spinner strikes in his first over, Perera now, tossed up on middle, straightens, bounces, Elgar again not sure whether to go forward or back, pushes uncertainly forward, by then the ball has gained plenty of height, an inside edge pops up in front of short leg, and he dives forward to take a sharp catch 13/2
    38.2 and after nearly 30 overs of blocking, South Africa lose a wicket to a super take down the leg side, Dickwella can do no wrong on debut, this came in full down Faf's pads and moved further away, he tickled it fine, managed some distance to the keeper's left, but Dickwella went flying and came up with a one-handed take inches from the turf 71/3
    not out
    68.4 they have succeeded with this round the stumps line, one has finally turned enough to beat the batsman, AB pushes forward to defend, misses as a full delivery spins in past the inside edge, is struck in line, that pitched on off, and ball tracker says it is hitting leg, he was given right away by umpire Llong, and AB's review is in vain 150/4
    68.6 and here goes another, it was always going to be different for the left handers, de Kock understandably uncertain so early in his innings, feet stuck on the crease, Perera tossed it up on off, found some drift in, then straightened it past the push, strikes off stump, and Sri Lanka surge 150/5
    89.4 Herath has his man, Duminy has dug himself a hole out there and now jumped into it, he skips out immediately after that last appeal, misses as the ball turns in to brush pad, and goes to the keeper, who pulls off a sharp stumping, the ball deviated a lot after hitting the pad, but Dickwella had no problems in collecting 175/6
    98.2 right through him, Perera with another wicket, lots of turn on this, flighted and angled across full from round the stumps, Philander leaves a big gap between bat and pad as he pushes weakly, it sneaks through to hit off 204/7
    117.5 Steyn's holed out, Sanga takes the steepler at long off, Steyn rushed out again, but wasn't to the pitch this time, he's mishit it high in the air and Sanga settles under it 251/8
    133.6 Tahir has given it away after some fight, tried to whack this full delivery against the turn from just outside leg, it loops up for deep mid off to take it 279/9
    134.5 Morkel goes first ball, Amla is stranded, Perera has his fifth, full and angled in, Morkel pushes forward, short leg snaps up the inside edge to his left 282/10
    10 (lb 3, nb 6, w 1)
    282 all out (134.5 Overs, RR: 2.09, 522 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Alviro Petersen, 1.5 ov), 2-13 (Dean Elgar, 8.3 ov), 3-71 (Faf du Plessis, 38.2 ov), 4-150 (AB de Villiers, 68.4 ov), 5-150 (Quinton de Kock, 68.6 ov), 6-175 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 89.4 ov), 7-204 (Vernon Philander, 98.2 ov), 8-251 (Dale Steyn, 117.5 ov), 9-279 (Imran Tahir, 133.6 ov), 10-282 (Morne Morkel, 134.5 ov)
    RAS Lakmal2375412.3414
    HMRKB Herath45177141.5700
    MDK Perera41.5116951.6400
    BAW Mendis2116803.2302
    KDK Vithanage401704.2500
    10.2 Tharanga's had one edge too many, he is eager to drive again as Steyn pitches it up around off, it then jags further away to take a thin edge through to the keeper 38/1
    21.1 Silva's gone against the run of play, he's reached out a long way to get to this wide length delivery, and has scooped a drive to point, who tumbles forward to take it, Morne is happy, that was a slow cutter 82/2
    39.6 no celebration from keeper or bowler, but a thin edge has been produced and snapped up, Sanga made lots of room outside leg and flayed at this one leaving him 164/4
    22.4 Mahela is reviewing, he reverse swept from outside leg stump, the ball popped up, Elgar rushed across from short leg, took it, and crashed into de Kock who had come forward as well, this seems to have clipped just at the start of the glove, below the wrist, or is it the bottom of the arm guard, umpire Llong thought it was glove, umpire Bowden seems to agree with him, for the finger is raised again, and Mahela walks back shaking his head 83/3
    not out
    41.6 that is an outstanding take, Faf the man running back from point, Vithanage has a swing at a pitched up ball, skies it, three men converge on it, third man and sweeper cover in addition to Faf, but he gets there first, and even dives to pull off a stunner 174/5
    47.6 backs away outside leg and has a swing at a sharp short ball, AB runs to his left from midwicket, and takes the top edge 203/6
    50.2 Perera makes room outside leg and has a crack at this tossed up ball, misses it, and it crashes into middle 214/7
    53.4 Herath holes out, clears front leg and has a slog, midwicket settles under it, and that brings the declaration 229/8
    4 (b 1, lb 2, nb 1)
    229/8d (53.4 Overs, RR: 4.26, 242 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Upul Tharanga, 10.2 ov), 2-82 (Kaushal Silva, 21.1 ov), 3-83 (Mahela Jayawardene, 22.4 ov), 4-164 (Kumar Sangakkara, 39.6 ov), 5-174 (Kithuruwan Vithanage, 41.6 ov), 6-203 (Niroshan Dickwella, 47.6 ov), 7-214 (Dilruwan Perera, 50.2 ov), 8-229 (Rangana Herath, 53.4 ov)
    DW Steyn1315924.5300
    VD Philander1133503.1800
    Imran Tahir1807624.2201
    M Morkel9.414544.6500
    D Elgar10909.0000
    JP Duminy10202.0000
    8.1 Herath strikes, he tosses it up, it grips and turns a bit, all Petersen has been doing is leaning out and pushing, he does the same and this carries to silly point 4/1
    21.3 right after the break, Perera has given Sri Lanka the breakthrough, Elgar shuffling across on the crease, this angles in from round the stumps, pitches middle and zips past an uncertain prod to strike off 47/2
    38.4 that ends de Kock's resistance, he lunged forward outside off, it hit the rough and jagged in, de Kock tried to play it down with a closed face, it brushed the glove, took the pad and popped up to backward short leg, he battled well, but it takes only one to do slightly more than expected 68/3
    74.1 they have the big one, Mahela takes this at slip and runs towards the boundary, tossed up high and full, Amla has resisted driving at these till now, probably the state of his leg, probably he is tired, but he has a go at the drive, and Mahela has not built up that record at slip for nothing, he snaps up a sharp chance 105/5
    63.1 The Rrrrangannna!!! Superb first ball takes AB out! This is slow, loopy, drifts and dips, spins from the surface, just enough to beat the bat and takes out the off stump. AB, who doesn't really push forward, plays down the wrong line and is made to look like a tailender. That is a corker! However, someone with a bigger stride would have handled that much better. AB was almost playing it from the crease 93/4
    78.4 another one, Rangana Herath again, tossed up, good length, pitches middle and off, Faf forward to defend, it jags away, takes the edge and Mahela Jayawardene pouches catch No 200 at slip, low to his left, he is pumped up 110/6
    93.4 that looks a goner, and it is, umpire Kettleborough upholds a long appeal, Perera with the breakthrough right at the start of the final hour, South Africa review, that came in with the angle from round the wicket, did not turn, Duminy's defensive bat was still on its way down on the forward push when the ball smacked into pad in front of middle, that is hitting leg close to the top, and Duminy is gone 130/7
    not out
    102.5 the changed angle has worked immediately, Herath has his fifth, tossed up, pitching outside leg, spinning and bouncing across, Steyn pushes forward, thin edge through to the keeper 148/8
    not out
    22 (b 5, lb 14, nb 3)
    159/8 (111 Overs, RR: 1.43, 359 minutes)
    Did not bat: M Morkel
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Alviro Petersen, 8.1 ov), 2-47 (Dean Elgar, 21.3 ov), 3-68 (Quinton de Kock, 38.4 ov), 4-93 (AB de Villiers, 63.1 ov), 5-105 (Hashim Amla, 74.1 ov), 6-110 (Faf du Plessis, 78.4 ov), 7-130 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 93.4 ov), 8-148 (Dale Steyn, 102.5 ov)
    HMRKB Herath45304050.8800
    MDK Perera44246031.3600
    BAW Mendis1381701.3000
    RAS Lakmal411102.7503
    KDK Vithanage511202.4000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

24,25,26,27,28 July 2014 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 24 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 305/5 (DPMD Jayawardene 140*, N Dickwella 12*, 86 ov)
  • Fri, 25 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 98/3 (HM Amla 46*, AB de Villiers 11*, 52 ov)
  • Sat, 26 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 11/0 (WU Tharanga 6*, JK Silva 5*, 5 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Jul - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 38/1 (D Elgar 13*, Q de Kock 21*, 17 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Jul - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 159/8 (111 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

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  • Mathews rues Galle collapse

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  • 'It was emotionally draining' - Amla

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  • Jayawardene's safe hands, and SA's stonewalling

    Stats highlights from the fifth day of the second Test at the SSC, where South Africa batted 111 overs to save the match

  • Lady luck finally deserts Sri Lanka

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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