Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    15.3 given! Mathews has taken last. But Cook calls for the review. Bounce can be factor at this ground, but this looked good. Hang on, has he overstepped?! This is very tight. A millimetre of heel means he's ruled okay. It's a full delivery, hits well below the knee roll and it's slamming into middle stump 45/1
    16.2 and another! One brings two, as they say. Bit of a loose shot from Elgar. A back-of-a-length ball outside off, angling across, he's playing a long way from his body, a cross between a cut and a back-foot drive, and gets a thick top edge to first slip 45/2
    107.2 brilliant catch! Chandimal has scooped one diving low to his right. Amla's fine innings is ended. A length delivery just outside off stump, just shapes away enough to take the outside edge as Amla looks to angle it away. It was dying into the cordon. Wouldn't have reached first slip. Chandimal dived across and got his glove to it. Is rightly delighted with that grab 367/7
    88.4 and he's gone! Edges to second slip. He can't quite see out the day. A length ball angled across outside off, he pushes at it and the thick edge his snaffled to his left by Mendis 337/3
    97.5 zips through as Olivier pushes at it, was there a sound? Oxenford doesn't think so but Mathews and the cordon were pretty confident and ask for the review. There's a little tickle on the audio as the ball straightens past the outside edge; and Ultra Edge murmurs its assent - that's it, SL finally have their man, Angie has a second 346/4
    103.3 and he's gone now! Another ripping delivery. Back of a length, completely squares up du Plessis and the outside edge is comfortably held at second slip this time 364/5
    103.5 and another! That's a sharp snaffle at third slip. This is fuller, outside off, Bavuma can't resist having a hard-handed push, well away from his body, and it's grabbed above the head by Silva 364/6
    124.1 crashed high and hard out to deep point, and that is the end of that! A well-judged take from de Silva, running round to his right, and comfortably pouched. Kumara claims another four-for, sharing the spoils with Pradeep, but South Africa have a very healthy total on the board 426/10
    109.2 my goodness! This has leapt off a length. How do you play that? This has spat, jumped at Philander and clipped the thumb of his glove to the keeper 378/8
    122.1 slashed on the up, out to deep point, and gone! A bit of a shock all round. A short ball, outside off, battered high and hard, and in the thin Highveld air it just carries on drifting and drifting to the man back on the rope. Still, they all count. Blimey, he made a meal of that take ... his chest did most of the work ... 425/9
    not out
    24 (b 11, lb 8, nb 1, w 4)
    426 all out (124.1 Overs, RR: 3.43, 547 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Stephen Cook, 15.3 ov), 2-45 (Dean Elgar, 16.2 ov), 3-337 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 88.4 ov), 4-346 (Duanne Olivier, 97.5 ov), 5-364 (Faf du Plessis, 103.3 ov), 6-364 (Temba Bavuma, 103.5 ov), 7-367 (Hashim Amla, 107.2 ov), 8-378 (Vernon Philander, 109.2 ov), 9-425 (Wayne Parnell, 122.1 ov), 10-426 (Quinton de Kock, 124.1 ov)
    RAS Lakmal3088102.7000
    N Pradeep2787842.8820
    AD Mathews2065222.6001
    CBRLS Kumara25.1210744.2520
    HMRKB Herath1406704.7800
    DM de Silva812202.7500
    0.4 he's hit that one! Not doubt this time. A touch fuller, nipping away outside off, he hangs his bat just away from his body and it's a regulation catch for de Kock. That didn't take long 0/1
    14.5 perfect line, ideal length, thin tickle, through to the keeper. There's the breakthrough! Ever so slightly back of a length, but Silva held his bat in line with little conviction, and the deflection was palpable 47/2
    20.2 fierce change-up in pace! And that's completely suckered Mendis! Pounded into the pitch, attacking the arm-pit, and Mendis flings up his gloves in self-defence, for Duminy to snaffle a simple lobbed chance in the cordon. That's a quality wicket for a quality fast bowler, and now Sri Lanka's resolve will be tested 62/3
    21.4 driven in the air, and that's cherry-picking for Bavuma at point! Outside off, full and inviting, but de Silva's weight was never as committed to the stroke as his bat. Squirts off a fat outside edge, high to Bavuma's left, and he makes a sharp chance look easy 70/4
    36.6 stunner! That is simply brilliant from Quentin de Kock! A hard, low, flying edge, scooped in one mitt in front of first slip. Mathews didn't do much wrong there, really. A beautiful line and length that demanded a stroke - he didn't go looking for it. But the ball nibbled just enough to kiss the edge and the keeper did the rest! A tiny bobble as he hit the turf, but that was world-class 100/6
    31.1 edged and gone! Just too simple for Philander. Perfect line and length, swung through the air, nipped off the seam, flicked the bat and nestled comfortably into de Kock's gloves. That's the early breakthrough. They will want and expect a whole heap more this morning... 90/5
    44.2 edged, taken at third slip! Angled across outside off, Tharanga pushing away from his body and it's a regulation nick which is neatly grabbed by Elgar who just had to move a little to his left 126/9
    40.2 there it is! He's off the mark and that's a wicket for any fast bowler to treasure! A throat-hunting bouncer, got massive on the batsman as leant back to pull, and steepled a huge top-edge for Stephen Cook to pouch just backward of square leg 108/7
    43.6 and he's got one! Not how pace bowlers look to take their wickets, but Parnell won't care. It's a full delivery, Lakmal goes for the drive, he's doesn't get that far forward, and just spoons the catch to mid-off where Rabada takes it sharply above his head 126/8
    not out
    45.4 and that's that! Spooned back to the bowler, jabbing forward at a length delivery which stopped on him, Parnell does very well to stoop low in his followthrough and grab the ball close to the turf. Pradeep stands his ground, the umpires get together. The soft signal is out as they go upstairs. Now then, has he got his fingers. under it? As ever, TV doesn't make it clear. Remember, soft signal out so evidence has to be conclusive the other way. And Aleem Dar upholds the catch. 131/10
    2 (lb 2)
    131 all out (45.4 Overs, RR: 2.86, 225 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 0.4 ov), 2-47 (Kaushal Silva, 14.5 ov), 3-62 (Kusal Mendis, 20.2 ov), 4-70 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 21.4 ov), 5-90 (Dinesh Chandimal, 31.1 ov), 6-100 (Angelo Mathews, 36.6 ov), 7-108 (Rangana Herath, 40.2 ov), 8-126 (Suranga Lakmal, 43.6 ov), 9-126 (Upul Tharanga, 44.2 ov), 10-131 (Nuwan Pradeep, 45.4 ov)
    VD Philander1452832.0000
    WD Parnell10.423823.5600
    D Olivier931922.1100
    K Rabada1234433.6600
    29.3 cleaned him up! Full, straight, Karunaratne going for a drive and the ball scoots through the gap that he left. Defeated by the angle, but he left a huge gate. Smart bowling, though. The bail ended up a fine leg! 108/6
    1.1 vicious! What a start. Unplayable. Just back of a length, this jumps at Silva, not much he can do about it, takes the glove and de Kock is almost caught unawares as he sticks his his right glove to snatch it in front of first slip 2/1
    12.5 chopped on! Impeccable seam position, ghosting back in and straightening from the angle across the right hander, as Mendis lined up for the cut, but hacked the ball into his own stumps! 39/2
    19.2 edged, and there goes another! A fine catch from du Plessis, leaning across at second slip to snaffle a sharp chance. De Silva had to play at that, outside off, angling back in all the time, and kissing the edge 59/3
    23.6 what a catch! That's one of the greats! A flying Faf at second slip. Short outside off, Mathews flashes with a cross bat. Takes the top edge. For all money it looks like it will clear the slips, but du Plessis leaps, gets terrific hang time, sticks his right hand up and plucks the ball out of thin air. Mathews can barely believe it. Neither can the South Africans. Wow. 87/4
    28.6 edged, taken at first slip! Pulls the length back a fraction, it's on off stump, there's still that movement and it does enough to nick the outside edge and it's a lovely catching height to Amla 108/5
    40.6 short and wide, slashed high, out to deep backward point, Duminy hurtles back, and clings onto a blinder! He turned, gave chase, running fully 20 yards before launching a full-length dive to end a combative stand! 177/8
    34.6 banged in short, fierce pace and aggression. Nothing Herath could do as the ball reared at his nose. Up come the gloves in self-defence, and down goes the wicket, courtesy of a looped catch to gully 134/7
    42.3 short again, an ambitious swipe off the eyebrows, a big steepling top-edge, deep square leg steadies himself, and seals a 3-0 whitewash! Lakmal's defiance comes to an end, as does a crushingly dominant South African display 177/10
    41.2 banged in short, flicks something as Lahiru ducks, and South Africa review for the catch! That definitely took the shoulder, but was there bat first? It seems so, the decision is overturned! An infinitesmal nick. Must admit, I barely saw it 177/9
    not out
    4 (lb 2, nb 1, w 1)
    177 all out (f/o) (42.3 Overs, RR: 4.16, 205 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Kaushal Silva, 1.1 ov), 2-39 (Kusal Mendis, 12.5 ov), 3-59 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 19.2 ov), 4-87 (Angelo Mathews, 23.6 ov), 5-108 (Dinesh Chandimal, 28.6 ov), 6-108 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 29.3 ov), 7-134 (Rangana Herath, 34.6 ov), 8-177 (Upul Tharanga, 40.6 ov), 9-177 (Lahiru Kumara, 41.2 ov), 10-177 (Suranga Lakmal, 42.3 ov)
    VD Philander1013513.5000
    K Rabada1235024.1610
    WD Parnell10.315144.8500
    D Olivier923834.2201
    JP Duminy10101.0000

Match Details


South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 3-match series 3-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 18:00

Match days

12,13,14 January 2017 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 12 Jan - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 338/3 (HM Amla 125*, D Olivier 0*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 13 Jan - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 80/4 (AD Mathews 11*, LD Chandimal 3*, 28.4 ov)
  • Sat, 14 Jan - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 177 (42.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Landmark match


No. of Tests for Hashim Amla. He becomes the eighth player to appear in 100 or more Tests for South Africa.

Productive series


No. of series in which Duminy has made 2 50+ scores, including this. The first such series was his debut series, in Australia in 2008-09.

End of a drought


No. of consecutive innings without a fifty for Amla, before this. His last was v NZ in Centurion in August. He had an average of 19.6 in the 10 inns since then.

Duminy goes big


Runs scored by Duminy in his first 5 inns at Wanderers, with scores of 17, 29, 7, 2, 5. He has scored a century here in this inns, the 6th of his career and 2nd v SL.

Amla-Duminy stand tall


Previous highest partnership for SA for any wicket against SL, by Kallis and Peterson in Cape Town in Jan 2012. Amla and Duminy's stand has gone past that mark.

Hundred in hundredth


No. of batsmen to score centuries in their 100th Test, including Amla. Others: Cowdrey, Miandad, Greenidge, Stewart, Inzamam, Ponting (2 100s) and G Smith.

Bavuma's flop show


Temba Bavuma's average in this series - the worst by a SA player batting 5 or more inns in top-7 positions in a series. His scores: 3, 8, 10, 0, 0.

Bowlers' session


South Africa's score in the 1st session on day 2. They were 338 for 3 at close of play on day 1. Pradeep took 4 wickets and Mathews 1.

Handy pacers


Wickets by SL fast bowlers in this series - the 2nd-most for them in any Test series away from home. They took 41 wkts in NZ in 1990-91, the highest.

SL's follow-on


Instances of Sri Lanka following on - they have lost 18 and drawn 3 in their previous 21 such Tests

Huge wins for SA


Innings victories for SA against SL, out of their 14 wins against this opposition. This is their third-largest margin of win against SL

SL's batting debacle


Batting average for SL in the series, their 2nd-lowest in any series of three or more Tests; they averaged 18.05 in SA in 2000-01