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474dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Vaas and Kapugedera lift Sri Lanka to 321

A superb rearguard display by the Sri Lankan lower order lifted them to within 40 runs of South Africa's total as the second Test was tantalisingly poised after two days of absorbing action

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
123(248) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 36 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
23 9 18 19 17 19 4 14
AB de Villiers
95(141) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
0 6 18 18 22 4 7 20

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O46.5
M12
R97
W7
Eco2.07
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
O13.1
M1
R82
W5
Eco6.22
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm

Match days

4,5,6,7,8 August 2006 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

SOUTH AFRICA 361(89.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 321(85.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 311(107.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 352/9(113.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

What a Test match it turned out to be - Sri Lanka win by one wicket in dramatic fashion. For the record this is the 6th highest successful run chase in the history of Test cricket. It was a stunning knock from the Sri Lankan captain. Mahela's 123 was the back-bone of the Sri Lankan innings in a game where fortunes fluctuated widely. He was supported well by Prasanna Jayawardene and Farveez Maharoof. South African bowlers did put up a fighting effort but they lacked penetration when they needed wickets badly.

Boje and Hall kept up the pressure till the end and it came down to the last wicket. In the end the injury sustained by Makhaya Ntini proved to be the thin line between victory and defeat . We hope you have enjoyed the coverage. Don't forget to check out the Bulletin by S Rajesh. To relive the pulsating chain of events all you have to do is click - go for it. That's it from me Sajan Nair - Cheers.

113.3
1
Boje to Malinga, 1 run, there it is! Malinga keeps his cool and Sri Lanka win by one wicket - full and on the stumps, driven straight back down the track to the long-on region
113.2
1
Boje to Maharoof, 1 run, again tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, Maharoof gets well forward and drives it hard into the ground and the ball bounces over the bowler - that's the single they were looking for - scores are level
113.1
0
Boje to Maharoof, no run, tossed up outside the leg stump and Maharoof is beaten on the sweep, Boucher whips off the bails but Maharoof was never in trouble

END OF OVER:
113 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 350/9

  • Farveez Maharoof28 (116b)
  • Andrew Hall25-3-75-3
  • Nicky Boje39-11-109-4

Malinga is the last man in - Two runs to win - one for a tie. Boje to continue - Maharoof on strike - three men around the bat catching - tension mounts.

112.6
W
Hall to Muralitharan, OUT, bowled'm! good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, that's the line to Murali - huge swing of the bat and he misses the target by miles, ball crashes into the woodwork - Sri Lanka nine down. It's all happening here!

M Muralitharan b Hall 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

112.5
2
Hall to Muralitharan, 2 runs, and finally he makes contact! fuller length delivery outside the off stump, this time Murali goes at it with a straight bat and the ball flies through the gap between mid-off and cover, two runs added to the total - they need two more to win, one for a tie - what is it going to be?!
112.4
0
Hall to Muralitharan, no run, full and on the pads, Murali is late and the ball hits him on the pad
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Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12ST JayasuriyaWU Tharanga
2nd82ST JayasuriyaKC Sangakkara
3rd27ST JayasuriyaDPMD Jayawardene
4th43DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
5th37DPMD JayawardeneCK Kapugedera
6th78DPMD JayawardeneHAPW Jayawardene
7th62DPMD JayawardeneMF Maharoof
8th7WPUJC VaasMF Maharoof
9th2M MuralitharanMF Maharoof
10th2MF MaharoofSL Malinga