Best performances - Batsmen
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Hours of play (local time)
SOUTH AFRICA 286(98.5 OVERS)1ST INNINGS SRI LANKA 205(64.5 OVERS)1ST INNINGS SOUTH AFRICA 406/6d(90.5 OVERS)2ND INNINGS
Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
South Africa's preferred green pitch almost backfired on them on day one at Newlands. A typically determined Dean Elgar made sure it didn't
South Africa were expected to be too strong for Sri Lanka in the opening encounter, but what made the gap between the teams even wider were some of Angelo Mathews' tactics.
South Africa wanted a pitch to nullify the threat of Rangana Herath, and that is what they got in Port Elizabeth.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews singled out poor shot selection in both innings as the main factor behind their 206-run loss to South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
South Africa made full use of the second new ball to rip through Sri Lanka's last five wickets and complete a 206-run win in Port Elizabeth.
Mathews' average in 4th inns of Tests. Only Bruce Mitchell, Jeffrey Stollmeyer and Bradman average higher (min 500 runs)
Most runs scored by SL in the 4th inn of a Test. This was scored against Aus at Hobart in 2007. Their highest 4th inn score in SA is 306.They need 488 to win.
Number of centuries scored by Stephen Cook this year - Highest for any player from South Africa. Amla, Du Plessis and De Kock have 2 hundreds each.
Instances of the same opening pair for RSA before Elgar and Cook to have 2 100+ run stands in both innings of a Test.Bob Catteral and Bruce Mitchell did so in 1929
Last instance of the opening stand having 2 50+ run stands in a Test Match for RSA at Port Elizabeth. Barry Richards and Eddie Barlow added 157 and 73 against Aus
Philander's average versus Sri Lanka in Tests. 2nd best against any team.He now has 3 five wicket hauls against SL, Aus and NZ.
Score in the 1st session on the 2nd day of the Test at Port Elizabeth. Only six wickets fell on the 1st day and 267 runs were made.
No. of five-wicket hauls by Suranga Lakmal before this. He is playing his 32nd Test.
Instances of South Africa's top five all being dismissed between 20 and 65 in a Test innings. This is only the third such instance since their readmission
Hashim Amla's career average; he needs to score 62 (if dismissed) in the 2nd innings to bring his average back up to 50
The last time South Africa had a century stand for the first wicket here in Tests, before today: Eddie Barlow and Barry Richards added 157 v Australia
SA's average opening stand in Port Elizabeth in their 12 previous Test innings from 2001. Their highest opening partnership in this period was 47