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Day 5

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Day 3

538dThe Verdict by Charlie Austin

Perfection personified

Jayawardene produced a flawless exhibition in batsmanship that possessed an almost unreal quality.

538dThe Verdict by Charlie Austin

Grim fight for survival

Sri Lanka will be desperate for early success in the morning because, as Pakistan showed in April when they batted out the final day here, South Africa's self-belief will grow quickly if they reach lunch without major damage

Day 2

538dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Jayawardene determined to grind South Africa down

The Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara complimented each other on their superb performances after establishing a record third-wicket partnership of 471 in the first Test against South Africa at Colombo


538dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Sangakkara builds SL advantage

Dilhara Fernando and Muttiah Muralitharan scalped four wickets each as Sri Lanka shot out South Africa for a meagre 169 and then drove home the advantage, reaching 128 for 2

538dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Jayawardene and Sangakkara crush South Africa

Twin double-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left Sri Lanka in control of the first Test against South Africa as they ended the second day on 485 for 2, thanks to a massive unbeaten 471-run partnership for the third wicket

538dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Prince leads South Africa's fightback

Sri Lanka's bowlers looked to Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for inspiration and played the waiting game, patiently going about the job at hand, and picked up four of the ten wickets they needed to secure victory in the first Test

656dInterview by Jo Harman

It takes two to tango

Two greats look back on 20 years of friendship that has included World Cup heartbreak, a world-record stand, and missing a wedding

538dAnand Vasu

Hungry for runs

This week's Top Performer is Mahela Jayawardene

671dFirdose Moonda

A tale of two SSC Tests

In 1993 and 2006, South Africa's bowlers had vastly different results in Colombo. Brett Schultz and Makhaya Ntini look back

538dThe Verdict by Charlie Austin

No respite for the South Africans

Television, cricket's big boss, slumped to newfound depths of cruelty at the close of the second day, forcing Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene into an immediate interview after a never-ending eight-hour partnership in stifling temperatures

538dThe Verdict by Charlie Austin

Destroying with patience

Charlie Austin hails Muttiah Muralitharan, who rolled up his sleeves at the SSC for some good, old fashioned, blue collar labour

538dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Moody hails Murali and Fernando

An expectedly upbeat Tom Moody, the Sri Lankan coach, hailed his bowlers for cleaning up South Africa for a paltry 169, adding that the pitch was likely to get slower as the match went on

538dThe Verdict by Charlie Austin

A methodical manner of attack

Ashwell Prince's first day at the helm could not have been worse: he failed with the bat, South Africa were bundled out for a record low and then his bowlers, after being teased by the success of a double-strike with the new ball, where flayed to all corn

538dCricinfo staff

I will bowl two lengths - short and full: Steyn

Dale Steyn has said that Shaun Pollock's inclusion will allow him to play the role of a `shock' bowler in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Friday in Colombo

538dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Sri Lanka head into first Test without Vaas

Sri Lanka will have to make do without their most experienced bowler, Chaminda Vaas, who misses tomorrow's first Test against South Africa at Colombo with a hamstring injury

South Africa 3rd innings Partnerships

1st165AJ HallJA Rudolph
2nd6AJ HallHM Amla
3rd14AJ HallAG Prince
4th49AG PrinceAB de Villiers
5th78MV BoucherAG Prince
6th38HH GibbsMV Boucher
7th51N BojeMV Boucher
8th3N BojeA Nel
9th8N BojeDW Steyn
10th22N BojeM Ntini